Delaware State Line
Sandtown is located on the border between Maryland and Delaware. The Maryland portion of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway ends here. Visitors can pick up the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway through Delaware, and learn more about the people, places and events that shaped the struggles for freedom in the region.
Freedom seekers reaching Sandtown still risked recapture, but they were well on their way to freedom. At the border, fleeing slaves still had another 75 miles before they reached the free state of Pennsylvania. The road through Sandtown would take them through Willow Grove, where Quaker Henry Cowgill and his family lived. Then they would venture onto Camden, where free blacks Nathaniel and William Brinkley joined forces with Abraham Gibbs to carry fugitives further north. Freedom seekers would journey past Dover and Smyrna to Blackbird, where other Underground Railroad operators took charge of them. The fugitives were sent over or around the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal to New Castle and other towns outside of Wilmington, where Harriet Tubman’s friend, Quaker Thomas Garrett operated his famous Underground Railroad station. Over a forty-year period, Garrett is credited with aiding over 2,500 fugitives reach freedom.
GPS Coordinates: 39.029776,-75.738546