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

Webb Cabin

Living Free

 

— Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway —

 
Webb Cabin-Living Free Marker-Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
1. Webb Cabin-Living Free Marker-Side 1
Inscription.  Common in the mid-19th century, this cabin is a rare survivor today. James H. and Mary Ann Webb built this one-room house in the 1850s, using materials found in the surrounding landscape. Hand-hewn log walls rest on a foundation of ballast stones from ships that plied the Chesapeake Bay. The interior has fireplace, a root cellar, and a loft. It is typical of homes occupied by both free and enslaved blacks, including Harriet Tubman’s parents, Ben and Rit Ross, who lived nearby at Poplar Neck.

As a free man, James Webb was forced to purchase the freedom of his wife and their children. The free family farmed their land while living in a community dependent on slavery. Roughly seventy percent of blacks in Caroline County were free; to the south, in Dorchester County, about half were. The Webb’s home was located with the Underground Railroad’s network to freedom.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans. In addition, it is included in the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway series list.
 
Location.

Webb Cabin-Living Free Marker-Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
2. Webb Cabin-Living Free Marker-Side 2
38° 45.348′ N, 75° 53.586′ W. Marker is in Preston, Maryland, in Caroline County. Marker is on Grove Road. 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 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Charles Dickenson (approx. 0.9 miles away); Colonel William Richardson (approx. 2.9 miles away); Mt. Pleasant Cemetery (approx. 3 miles away); Mt. Pleasant M. E. Church (approx. 3 miles away); Site of Frazier’s Chapel (approx. 3.1 miles away); Preston (approx. 3.1 miles away); Leverton House (approx. 3½ miles away); “Sailing Away to Freedom” (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Preston.
 
Webb Cabin front side image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
3. Webb Cabin front side
Webb Cabin-Water pump image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
4. Webb Cabin-Water pump
Webb Cabin-Rear side image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
5. Webb Cabin-Rear side
Driving Tour Guide-Webb Cabin-Living Free Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 25, 2014
6. Driving Tour Guide-Webb Cabin-Living Free Marker
Illustration image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 19, 2018
7. Illustration
by Benson J. Lossing Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History, New York; Harper and Brothers Publishers, 1912
Close-up of image on marker
Cabin Interior image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 19, 2018
8. Cabin Interior
The Fluharty Family<br>Cabin Owners, 1928-1995 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 19, 2018
9. The Fluharty Family
Cabin Owners, 1928-1995
The Cabin was generously
donated in 1995 by
David L. and Geraldine T. Fluharty
for preservation in honor of
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Fluharty
and their descendants.
 
 
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 416 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 1, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   7, 8, 9. submitted on January 22, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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