Linchester Mill-Living Dangerously
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 millís 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 Yearís 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.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway marker series.
Location. 38° 42.084′ N, 75° 53.844′ W. Marker is in Preston, Maryland, in Caroline County
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); Linchester Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Leverton House-Finding Safe Haven (approx. half a mile away); Freedom (approx. 0.6 miles away); Preston (approx. 0.9 miles away); Site of Frazierís Chapel (approx. one mile away); Mt. Pleasant Cemetery-Dangerous Rendezvous (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Preston.
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 1, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 292 times since then and 23 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.