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.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway marker series.
Location. 38° 53.304′ N, 75° 50.376′ W. Marker is in Denton, Maryland, in Caroline County. Marker is on River
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); Nest of Traitors (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-Living Their Beliefs (approx. 0.3 miles away); Neck Meeting House Native Garden (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denton.
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 394 times since then and 74 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.