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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.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway marker series.
 
Location. 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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow

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
flies. Charles Dickenson (approx. 0.9 miles away); Colonel William Richardson (approx. 2.9 miles away); Mt. Pleasant Cemetery-Dangerous Rendezvous (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-Finding Safe Haven (approx. 3.5 miles away); “Sailing Away to Freedom”-Glipin Point (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Preston.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
 
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
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 1, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 302 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 1, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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