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Preston in Caroline County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Linchester Mill

Living Dangerously

 

— Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway —

 
Linchester Mill-Living Dangerously Marker-Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
1. Linchester Mill-Living Dangerously Marker-Side 1
Inscription.  Daily life at and around Linchester Mill provided fertile yet dangerous ground for those seeking freedom.

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.

(Inscription beside the photo at the bottom)
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

Linchester Mill-Living Dangerously Marker-Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
2. Linchester Mill-Living Dangerously Marker-Side 2
African Americans. In addition, it is included in the Harriet Tubman, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, and the Quakerism ⛪ series lists.
 
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.
 
F.S. Langrell-Linchester Flouring Mills image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
3. F.S. Langrell-Linchester Flouring Mills
Postmaster's House-circa 1890 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
4. Postmaster's House-circa 1890
Miller's House-circa 1873 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
5. Miller's House-circa 1873
Hog Island School-1879 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
6. Hog Island School-1879
Linchester Mill-circa 1827-National Register of Historic Places image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
7. Linchester Mill-circa 1827-National Register of Historic Places
Driving Tour Guide-Linchester Mill-Living Dangerously Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 25, 2014
8. Driving Tour Guide-Linchester Mill-Living Dangerously Marker
 
 
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.
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