A weekend of events will help celebrate the grand opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in and around Cambridge, Maryland. The new visitor center opens to the public on March 11. Here are some FAQs about the grand opening.

For Tubman-related events during the rest of the year, see our 2017 Tubman Events Roundup.

FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017
Rarely Seen Artifacts at Bucktown Village Store

A site along the Harriet Tubman Byway that’s usually open by appointment only, Bucktown Village Store will be open all day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Visitors will get a personal tour of the general store from the 1800s from members of the Meredith family, the fifth generation to live in Bucktown, who will discuss Tubman, the store, and life in the 19th century. Visitors will also have a rare opportunity to view Underground Railroad artifacts owned by the family, including the runaway ad for “Minty” (later known as Harriet Tubman). Questions? Call 410-901-9255.
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Bucktown Village Store, 4303 Bucktown Rd., Cambridge, MD 21613

There’s a Message in the Music: Celebrating the Life of Harriet Tubman

In celebration of the life of Harriet Tubman, the Art Bar at Liv Again hosts Jazzy Blu on March 10 at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6pm. An evening of food, dance, and entertainment on the eve of the grand opening of the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, about 20 minutes away.
Time: 7:30-11pm
Location: The Art Bar, 317 High St., Cambridge, MD 21613

SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017
FREE SHUTTLE!

FREE SHUTTLE! Because of the large crowds expected and because parking at the Tubman Visitor Center is limited, there will be free shuttles running  on Saturday, March 11 only from downtown Cambridge to the Tubman Visitor Center. The shuttles will run from 10am to 4pm between downtown Cambridge and the Tubman Visitor Center, which is about a 20-minute drive. The shuttles will leave from and return to the parking lot near 421 Academy Street in Cambridge, MD, across from the City Hall building. Parking is free. Shuttles will leave every 10 to 15 minutes and will drop passengers off at the Tubman Visitor Center.

 

Grand Opening Events at Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center

Free events including Harriet Tubman re-enactor, creative writing workshop, book signing, talk by the center’s architect, children’s activities, and more. At the center in Church Creek, MD. Browse the full schedule. The Eagle Festival is also happening the same day about a mile away at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, 4068 Golden Hill Rd, Church Creek, MD 21622

Community Prayer Breakfast

In honor of the grand opening of the Tubman Visitor Center, there will be a Community Prayer Breakfast in Cambridge, Maryland, about 20 minutes from the new center, on Saturday, March 11. The event includes a morning message and musical tribute by Grammy Award-winning Bishop Marvin Winans. Also performing will be vocalist Ayanna Gregory, daughter of comedian and activist Dick Gregory. The master of ceremonies will be news reporter Sam Ford of ABC7/WJLA-TV. There will also be a book signing with author Carole Boston-Weatherford, author of Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom.
Time: 9am to 12pm
Location: Refuge Temple Church of God, Hattie L. Stanley Dream Center, 800 Robbins St., Cambridge, MD
Tickets: $30 per person. Buy tickets online or in person at the Dorchester County Visitor Center, 2 Rose Hill Pl., Cambridge, MD.

Rarely Seen Artifacts at Bucktown Village Store

A site along the Harriet Tubman Byway that’s usually open by appointment only, Bucktown Village Store will be open all day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Visitors will get a personal tour of the general store from the 1800s from members of the Meredith family, the fifth generation to live in Bucktown, who will discuss Tubman, the store, and life in the 19th century. Visitors will also have a rare opportunity to view Underground Railroad artifacts owned by the family, including the runaway ad for “Minty” (later known as Harriet Tubman). Questions? Call 410-901-9255.
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Bucktown Village Store, 4303 Bucktown Rd., Cambridge, MD 21613

Praying and Singing Band

The Singing and Praying Band of Delaware and Maryland will perform and give a documentary on the history and ties of Harriet Tubman to the south Dorchester County area on Saturday, March 11 at 1pm at New Revived United Methodist Church in Taylors Island, Maryland. The group belongs to an African American devotional/musical tradition unique to the Delmarva region. The church where they will perform is a site along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, a 125-mile self-guided driving tour. New Revived was established in 1876 as an African-American church. Free will offering.
Time: 1pm
Location: New Revived United Methodist Church, 4350 Smithville Rd, Taylors Island, MD 21669

View from the Lighthouse: The Underground Railroad

Visit the Choptank River Lighthouse at Long Wharf on the waterfront in Cambridge and soak in commanding views of the historic Choptank River while hearing a presentation on this topic by Jim Duffy, the award-winning author of Eastern Shore Road Trips and the forthcoming Tubman Travel Companion. Duffy’s talk will encompass stories on a broad array of Underground Railroad topics linked to the area right around the Lighthouse, from Harriet Tubman’s family roots to the first escape she ever engineered, and much more. The Lighthouse is ordinarily closed this time of year. In addition to being open for the presentation, the Lighthouse will be open from 10am to 5pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 10-12. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. The program is presented by the Cambridge Lighthouse Foundation. Information: ChoptankLighthouse@gmail.com; 410-463-2635.
Time: Presentation at 2:30pm; Lighthouse open for visits 10am-5pm
Location: Choptank River Lighthouse, High and Water Streets, Cambridge, MD 21613

Harriet Tubman Banquet

This annual dinner celebrates the life of Harriet Tubman. Sponsored by the Harriet Tubman Organization. This year’s theme is “Harriet Ross Tubman is Home, we Thank You – Part III.” Cost is $40 per person. At Minnette Dick Hall, Cambridge, MD. For information or tickets, call 410-228-0401 or email hariettubman@verizon.net.
Time: 2:45pm
Location: Minnette Dick Hall at St. Mary’s Church, 2002 Hambrooks Blvd, Cambridge, MD 21613

SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017
Grand Opening Events at Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center

Free events including Harriet Tubman re-enactor, creative writing workshop, book signing, talk by the center’s architect, children’s activities, and more. At the center in Church Creek, MD. Browse the full schedule.
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, 4068 Golden Hill Rd, Church Creek, MD 21622

Rarely Seen Artifacts at Bucktown Village Store

A site along the Harriet Tubman Byway that’s usually open by appointment only, Bucktown Village Store will be open all day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Visitors will get a personal tour of the general store from the 1800s from members of the Meredith family, the fifth generation to live in Bucktown, who will discuss Tubman, the store, and life in the 19th century. Visitors will also have a rare opportunity to view Underground Railroad artifacts owned by the family, including the runaway ad for “Minty” (later known as Harriet Tubman). Questions? Call 410-901-9255.
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Bucktown Village Store, 4303 Bucktown Rd., Cambridge, MD 21613

View from the Lighthouse: The Underground Railroad

Visit the Choptank River Lighthouse at Long Wharf on the waterfront in Cambridge and soak in commanding views of the historic Choptank River while hearing a presentation on this topic by Jim Duffy, the award-winning author of Eastern Shore Road Trips and the forthcoming Tubman Travel Companion. Duffy’s talk will encompass stories on a broad array of Underground Railroad topics linked to the area right around the Lighthouse, from Harriet Tubman’s family roots to the first escape she ever engineered, and much more. The Lighthouse is ordinarily closed this time of year. In addition to being open for the presentation, the Lighthouse will be open from 10am to 5pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 10-12. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. The program is presented by the Cambridge Lighthouse Foundation. Information: ChoptankLighthouse@gmail.com; 410-463-2635.
Time: Presentation at 11am; Lighthouse open for visits 10am-5pm
Location: Choptank River Lighthouse, High and Water Streets, Cambridge, MD 21613