|A legacy of||Bravery|
This site is dedicated to Harriet Tubman, one of the most lauded figures in American history. Born into slavery in Maryland around 1822, Tubman successfully escaped to Philadelphia in 1849.
Once free, she became an operator of the Underground Railroad — a secret network of people, places and routes that provided shelter and assistance to escaping slaves. She boldly returned south at least 13 times to rescue family and friends, guiding them safely to freedom. By 1860, Tubman had earned the nickname “Moses” for selflessly liberating the enslaved.
The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway preserves and recounts the life story of Tubman and her courageous actions. Originating on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, this 125-mile scenic road reveals distinctive and beautiful Chesapeake landscapes. Whether you want to plan a trip or simply learn about her treasured story, this site will provide you with all the information you need.
|Traversing Dorchester and Caroline counties in Maryland, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway is 125 miles long.|
|The Byway is best explored from south to north in two days, but can be done in a minimum of six hours.|
|Visitors are invited to explore the secret network of the Underground Railroad, forged in the 19th century by freedom-seeking slaves, law-breaking abolitionists and free black co-conspirators.|
|Along the Byway, you will find ample opportunities to hike, bike, paddle, shop, dine and attend events related to the area’s significant and unique heritage.|
|In October 2009, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway was designated as an All American Road by the Federal Highway Administration for its well-preserved landscapes and historical importance.|
|March 10, 2013, marked the 100th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s death. Since then, Harriet Tubman has gained more attention, with U.S. Congress designating lands on Maryland's Eastern Shore (where she was born) and Auburn, New York (where she died) as dual national historical parks in her honor.