Preston in Caroline County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Underground Railroad
Seed of War
Two major "stations" on the Underground Railroad were located near Preston. Local Quakers, long opposed to slavery, operated one and Harriet Tubman and her parents, Benjamin and Harriet Ross, ran the other. The success of these and other stations in Maryland led to the calling of local and statewide slaveholder conventions, which denounced the North for harboring fugitive slaves. Maryland slave owners were further enraged when these two stations were exposed in 1857-58, but most of their operators, including Tubman, escaped to Northern states and Canada.
On the other hand, Northern abolitionists were angered when a captured "conductor," Sam Green, received a ten-year prison sentence. The respective animosities of slaveholders and abolitionists, increased by the Underground
(caption of picture, lower right): Harriet Tubman may have crossed Hunting Creek at or near Linchester Mill enroute to and from her parents Underground Railroad station.
(caption of picture, center top): Linchester Mill had changed very little from the period of Harriet Tubman when this photo was taken, circa 1897.
(caption of map on right): Possible Underground Railroad route between the Choptank River and Willow Grove, Delaware used by Harriet Tubman.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Churches & Religion • War, US Civil • Women. In addition, it is included in the Harriet Tubman, the Maryland Civil War Trails, and the Quakerism series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1861.
Location. 38° 42.081′ N, 75° 53.837′ W. Marker is in Preston, Maryland, in Caroline County. Marker is on Linchester Road, 0.1 miles north of Maryland Route 331, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Preston MD 21655, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Linchester Mill (a few steps from this marker); Linchester Linchester Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Leverton House (approx. half a mile away); Freedom (approx. 0.6 miles away); Preston (approx. 0.9 miles away); Site of Frazier’s Chapel (approx. one mile away); Mt. Pleasant Cemetery (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Preston.
Also see . . . Africans in America. Harriet Tubman from MPT program. (Submitted on November 6, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 6, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,227 times since then and 31 times this year. Last updated on February 15, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 6, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.