Adkins Arboretum-Slavery Arboretum
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
Hundreds of acres of white oak, black walnut, poplar, hickory and sweet gum trees, located near river transportation provided income to local landowners. Harriet Tubman and her father Ben Ross not only graded and harvested timber, but Harriet also learned lessons for living off the land.
Little things, learned by living close to nature, spelled success or failure on the Underground Railroad. Freedom seekers applied their practical knowledge to survive. Fruit trees offered food. Greenbrier thickets ripped clothes and scratched bodies. Spiked sweet gum balls pierced hurried feet, but the tree’s resin soothed painful wounds.
Walk the trails ahead and enter the natural lifeline that helped or hindered the flight to freedom.
LEFT: The spiny fruit of sweet gum tree is easy to recognize. A pioneer tree, sweet gum often sprout in areas that have been logged.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway marker series.
Location. 38° 57.216′ N, 75° 56.016′ W. Marker is in Ridgely, Maryland
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Frederick Douglass (approx. 2.6 miles away); St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); St. Joseph’s Church (approx. 4˝ miles away); Neck Meeting House Native Garden (approx. 6˝ miles away); Tuckahoe Neck Meeting House-Living Their Beliefs (approx. 6˝ miles away); Neck Meeting House (approx. 6˝ miles away); Maryland Steamboat Company's Joppa Wharf at Denton (approx. 6.8 miles away); Choptank River Heritage Center-Steal Away by River (approx. 6.8 miles away).
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 3, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 241 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 3, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.