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Caroline County Courthouse image, Touch for more information
By Beverly Pfingsten, November 3, 2007
Caroline County Courthouse
Maryland (Caroline County), Denton — Caroline Court House
Caroline County-established, 1773, from parts of Queen Anne's and Dorchester Counties - held its early courts at seven different locations until 1797 when its first courthouse was built on this site, once known as Pig Point. The 1895 replacement . . . — Map (db m3388) HM
Maryland (Caroline County), Denton — Caroline Courthouse-In the Shadow of JusticeHarriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
Many facets of 19th century rural life focused on a county’s courthouse. Elected officials, lawyers, merchants, and ordinary citizens all had reasons to gather at the Caroline County Courthouse Square. For the enslaved and abolitionists, the square . . . — Map (db m79340) HM
Maryland (Caroline County), Denton — Choptank River Heritage Center-Steal Away by RiverHarriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
The Choptank River was as entwined with the history of slavery and freedom on the Eastern Shore as any plantation. Slaves arrived by boat for auction and left the dock in the hands of a new owner. At wharves like this, black watermen played an . . . — Map (db m79342) HM
Maryland (Caroline County), Denton — Denton
Originally called "Edenton" for Robert Eden, Maryland's last Colonial Governor. CAROLINE COUNTY was named in honor of his wife Caroline Calvert, a sister of Frederick, the last Lord Baltimore. — Map (db m3391) HM
Maryland (Caroline County), Denton — Great Wars of World Conflict
Dedicated in honor of the men and women from Caroline County who served their country during the great wars of world conflict. — Map (db m4534) WM
Maryland (Caroline County), Denton — Hubs of ActivityTerminals, Wharves and Landings on the Choptank
Sailboats and steamboats unloaded and loaded passengers and freight all along the Choptank. As trade increased in the 1800s, people built wharves and landings every few miles on the river. A wharf bustled with activity when a boat arrived. . . . — Map (db m68427) HM
Maryland (Caroline County), Denton — John Wilkes BoothEscape of an Assassin — War on the Chesapeake Bay
Divided loyalties and ironies tore at Marylander’s hearts throughout the Civil War: enslaved African-Americans and free United States Colored Troops; spies and smugglers; civilians imprisoned without trial to protect freedom; neighbors and families . . . — Map (db m3390) HM
Maryland (Caroline County), Denton — Maryland Steamboat Company's Joppa Wharf at DentonThe Wharves at Choptank Crossing
This site recreates the Golden Age of Steam on the Choptank River

Here you'll find the restored Joppa steamboat wharf and terminal from the 1800s, a visitor center and museum, and a Chesapeake Bay skipjack. This area was once a thriving . . . — Map (db m98435) HM

Maryland (Caroline County), Denton — Maryland's Eastern ShoreHundreds of Enslaved and Free Black Men Enlisted
Although isolated from Maryland's largest population centers, the Eastern Shore was important to the state's role in the Civil War and exemplified the citizens' divided loyalties. In the years before the war, enslaved African-Americans here . . . — Map (db m113505) HM
Maryland (Caroline County), Denton — Moses and the HoundsHarriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
Growing up as a slave near Easton, MD, Moses Viney often heard, “The wild geese come from Canada, where all are free.“ When he was 23 years old, Moses learned he might be sold to a new owner in the Deep South. To avoid this fate, he and . . . — Map (db m79341) HM
Maryland (Caroline County), Denton — Neck Meeting House
Neck or Tuckahoe Neck Meeting House was built in 1802 by members of the Society of Friends who had been Nicholites, a sect that originated in Caroline County. The building was used as a house of worship and as a Friends School until 1897. The . . . — Map (db m5075) HM
Maryland (Caroline County), Denton — Neck Meeting House Native Garden
These native plants have evolved in this region over 10,000 years and are well adapted to the area's uniq;ue conditions. They contribute to the health and the environment by filtering pollutants, moderating storm water runoff and preventing . . . — Map (db m98436) HM
Maryland (Caroline County), Denton — Nest of TraitorsThe Denton Arrests
On August 17, 1862, the steamboat Balloon arrived at Denton wharf and disembarked a company of New York infantry and a troop of cavalry. The soldiers quickly arrested twelve prominent local citizens and transported them to imprisonment at . . . — Map (db m68428) HM
Maryland (Caroline County), Denton — On this spot Sept. 5, 1938 stood Franklin Delano Roosevelt
"It is the privilege of some of us to dream dreams, and some of us to carry out the dreams of others" — Map (db m3541) HM
Maryland (Caroline County), Denton — Revolution or Fraud?Emancipation in Caroline Co.
Maryland slaves were not freed by the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, which excluded states that remained in the Union from its provisions. It was Maryland's new constitution, adopted by the narrow margin of 291 votes of almost 60,000 cast on . . . — Map (db m3389) HM
Maryland (Caroline County), Denton — Steamboats on the Choptank RiverConnecting Denton to the World
Steamboats carrying passengers and freight brought prosperity to Denton and Caroline County during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Caroline County's economy was based on agriculture. Farmers had to market their products. Steamboats quickly and . . . — Map (db m68429) HM
Maryland (Caroline County), Denton — Tuckahoe Neck Meeting House-Living Their BeliefsHarriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
The Quakers, also known as Friends, who met in this Meeting House not only held strong opinions on the abolition of slavery and women’s rights, but they also acted on those beliefs.

After 1790, the Friends who gathered here refused membership to . . . — Map (db m79354) HM

Maryland (Caroline County), Denton — William Still Center-Families Divided & UnitedHarriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
William Still’s mother Sidney and several of his siblings lived in a cottage on the plantation where they were enslaved. Sidney escaped with her children to join her husband in New Jersey, but she was soon recaptured and returned to Maryland. . . . — Map (db m79313) HM

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