Choptank River Heritage Center
“Once Thriving Port”
Enslaved African-Americans worked in shipyards here on the Choptank River. During the 1850s, steamboats loaded with freight and passengers made weekly departures to Baltimore. Underground Railroad conductor Hugh Hazlett boarded a steamboat here in 1858 to face trial and possible mob violence downriver in Cambridge.
The Choptank River at this point was still wide and deep enough to serve as a barrier to freedom seekers. The challenges freedom seekers faced in trying to ford or cross rivers and streams, or hideaway on vessels that plied local waters, is highlighted here. Denton boasted not only an active port, but also a ferry crossing, and the Eastern Shore’s first moveable bridge structure spanned the Choptank here in 1811.
The Choptank River Heritage Center also houses the Caroline County Office of Tourism.
For more information, visit www.tourcaroline.com or call 410-479-0655.
GPS Coordinates: 38.888378,-75.839597