— Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway —
The mill, a general store, post office and homes at this site brought whites and blacks, free and enslaved, into regular contact. Freedom and slavery existed side-by-side in stark contrast. Quakers and free blacks who lived near the mill secretly helped freedom seekers pass through the area. The mill’s dam provided a spot to cross Hunting Creek.
Underground Railroad agent Daniel Hubbard, a free black carpenter and millwright, lived nearby and probably worked at the mill. In order to reside together, Hubbard “hired” his enslaved wife and children from their master. Suspected of helping slaves escape on New Year’s Eve in 1857, Hubbard was forced to leave his family to avoid capture by an angry mob. His fate remains unknown.
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RIGHT: Harriet Tubman frequently put herself in dangerous situations by crossing rivers and streams while assisting others in their quest for freedom.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR
Location. 38° 42.084′ N, 75° 53.844′ W. Marker is in Preston, Maryland, in Caroline County. Marker is at the intersection of Linchester Road (Route 817) and Main Street (Maryland Route 331), on the left when traveling west on Linchester Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3400 Linchester Road, 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. The Underground Railroad (a few steps from this marker); Linchester (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named 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.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 1, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 375 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on December 1, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.