Choptank River Heritage Center
Steal Away by River
— Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway —
A river crossing was always dangerous for fleeing slaves. Few could swim, and currents were strong. Bridges were tempting but usually tended. Dogs and slave catchers could corner escapees at the water’s edge. Freedom seekers often improved plans to steal away by water.
After abolitionist Hugh Haziett’s arrest for helping slaves escape, he was taken from Caroline County jail to trial down river in Cambridge, where and angry mob greeted his arrival.
RIGHT: Moses Viney used two fence posts for oars and rowed a stolen canoe to freedom. He successfully reached Schenectady, NY, where he worked for Union College and owned several buildings downtown.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR
Location. 38° 53.304′ N, 75° 50.376′ W. Marker is in Denton, Maryland, in Caroline County. Marker is on River Landing Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10219 River Landing Road, Denton MD 21629, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Maryland Steamboat Company's Joppa Wharf at Denton (here, next to this marker); Steamboats on the Choptank River (a few steps from this marker); Hubs of Activity (within shouting distance of this marker); Moses and the Hounds (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Neck Meeting House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tuckahoe Neck Meeting House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Neck Meeting House Native Garden (approx. 0.3 miles away); Great Wars of World Conflict (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denton.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 2, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 487 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 2, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 6, 7. submitted on January 21, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.