About The Byway

The Tubman Byway is a self-guided driving tour that winds for 125 miles through the beautiful landscapes and waterscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It is the only place in the world that preserves and interprets the places where Harriet Tubman was born, lived, labored, and where she fled from. Discover the powerful and exciting stories at the byway’s 36 designated sites. Spend a couple of hours or a couple of days exploring.

More than a century after her death, Harriet Tubman would still recognize many places in the Eastern Shore’s mosaic of waterways, forests, and fields. Stops along the byway make it possible to learn about the lives of enslaved and free blacks, abolitionists, and slave holders, as well as escape routes used by Tubman and her fellow freedom seekers.

At the heart of the Byway is the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, set to open in March  11, 2017, where interactive exhibits, educational programs and experiential tours will be featured. The lands in the area are part of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, designated by Congress in late 2014. This is the first national park to honor an African American woman.

Along the Byway, you will also find ample opportunities to hike, bike, paddle, shop, dine and attend events related to the area’s significant and unique heritage.

The Tubman Byway continues into Delaware and goes on to Philadelphia, which was Tubman’s destination once she found freedom. Find out more about the Delaware portion of the Byway.

Maps & Guides

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1. Dorchester County Visitor Center

Information and Orientation for the Journey
2 Rose Hill Place
Cambridge, MD 21613
Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
410-228-1000
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www.VisitDorchester.org
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2. Harriet Tubman Memorial Garden

Honoring Harriet Tubman
U.S. 50 at Washington Street
Cambridge MD 21613
Open daily, dawn to dusk
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3. Dorchester County Courthouse

Challenging Slavery
310 Gay Street
Cambridge, MD 21613
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4. Long Wharf

Portal to Slavery – Gateway to Freedom
Water Street
Cambridge, MD 21613
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5. Harriet Tubman Museum and Education Center

Keeping the Flame Alive
424 Race Street
Cambridge, MD 21613-1836
410-228-0401
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www.harriettubmanorganization.org
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6. Stanley Institute

School of Determination
MD Route 16
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-228-6657
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7. Church Creek

Crosscurrents of Slavery and Freedom
Church Creek, MD
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8. Malone’s Church

Early Church
White Marsh Road
Madison, MD 21648
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9. Madison

Roots of Family and Community
MD Route 16 and Madison Canning House Rd.
Madison, MD 21648
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10. Joseph Stewart’s Canal

Danger and Drudgery in the Marshes
MD Route 16 and Parsons Creek
Taylors Island, MD 21669
DRIVE-BY ACCESS ONLY
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12. Buttons Creek

The Art of Disguise
MD Route 335 and Blackwater River
Church Creek, MD 21622
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13. Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center

Honoring a Hero
Golden Hill Road at Key Wallace Drive
Church Creek, MD 21622
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14. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Timeless Landscapes
2145 Key Wallace Drive
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-228-2677
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15. Little Blackwater Bridge

Key Wallace Drive and Little Blackwater River
Church Creek, MD 21622
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16. Brodess Farm

Harriet Tubman’s Childhood Home
Greenbrier Road
Bucktown, MD 21613
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17. Bucktown Village Store

Site of Harriet Tubman’s First Act of Defiance
4303 Bucktown Road
Bucktown, MD 21613
410-901-9255
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18. Bestpitch Ferry Bridge

Marshland Secrets to Escape
Bestpitch Ferry Road and Transquaking River
Bucktown, MD 21613
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19. Scott’s Chapel

Bucktown Road
Bucktown, MD 21613
DRIVE-BY ACCESS ONLY
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20. Pritchett Meredith Farm

Betrayed by a Black Underground Railroad Conductor
Bestpitch Ferry Road
Bucktown, MD 21613
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21. Faith Community United Methodist Church

Faith United Methodist Church and Rev. Sam Green
509 Railroad Avenue
East New Market, MD 21631
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22. Jacob and Hannah Leverton Home

Station House of Quaker Underground Railroad Agents
3531 Seaman Road
Preston, MD 21655
410-673-1910
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23. Linchester Mill

Enslaved and Free Blacks Working Side by Side
Route 331 and Linchester Road
Preston, MD 21655
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24. Choptank Landing

Site of Harriet Tubman’s Most Daring Rescues
Choptank Road at Choptank River
Preston, MD 21655
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25. Mount Pleasant Methodist Episcopal Cemetery

Secret Meeting Place
2246 Marsh Creek Road
Preston, MD 21655
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26. Jonestown

Route 16 Harmony Road
Preston, MD 21655
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27. Webb Cabin

Typical African-American Home
Grove Road
Preston, MD 21655
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28. Gilpin Point

Sailing Away to Freedom
Holly Park Drive
Harmony, MD 21655
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29. William Still Interpretive Center

Tragedy and Triumph on the Road to Freedom
4-H Park, Detour Road
Denton, MD 21629
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30. Caroline Courthouse

Site of Slave Auction and Jail
Courthouse Square
Denton, MD 21629
410-479-2055
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32. Denton Steamboat Wharf

Once Thriving Port
10219 River Landing Road
Denton, MD 21629
410-479-0655
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33. Tuckahoe Neck Meeting House

Quakers as Underground Railroad Agents
Meeting House Road
Denton, MD 21629
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34. Adkins Arboretum

Typical Woodland and Marshland
12610 Eveland Road
Ridgely, MD 21660
410-634-2847
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www.adkinsarboretum.org
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35. Greensboro

Dangerous Crossing
North Main Street and Cedar Lane
Greensboro, MD 21639
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36. Christian Park / Red Bridges

A Place to Wade Across the Choptank
Red Bridges Road
Greensboro, MD 21639
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Tours Along the Harriet Tubman Byway

There are a few different ways to explore the Tubman Byway:
  • On your own:
    If you’re traveling on your own or with a few friends or family members, you can explore on your own. Use resources on this site, order the printed map & Guide, download the Audio Guide, and get in your car to take the self-guided tour.
  • Join a scheduled tour:
    If you’re traveling on your own or with a few friends or family members, you may be able to join a regularly scheduled tour with Harriet Tubman Tours or Chesapeake Tours & Promotions. (See below)
  • Take a packaged tour:
    If you have a sizable group, you may be able to take them on one of the packaged tours offered through one of the organizations listed below.  
  • For bus companies and tour operators:
    You can organize your own custom tour for your group. Tap into the resources on this site and see our suggested itineraries. Or contact one of the organizations below.
  • For school groups.
    See our section for school groups and students
Tour Operators

Here are local organizations and businesses offering tour services related to the Harriet Tubman Byway:

Chesapeake Tours & Promotions
Offering packaged tours related to Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad, and African American history for individuals and groups. Also offering custom tour packages for motorcoach companies and tour operators as well as event planning services for family reunions. Step-on guides available.
443-366-2784

Harriet Tubman Museum & Education Center
Offering guided tours for groups of the Tubman Byway area.
410-228-0401

Harriet Tubman Tours
Offering packaged half-day, full-day, and overnight tours for individuals and groups. Custom tours available.
1-866-6HARRIET (1-866-642-7743)

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center  
Visitors usually tour the exhibit hall on their own. Rangers are available beforehand for an introduction to the park and grounds, as well as afterward for group discussions. With advance notice, groups may request ranger-led tours or interpretive programs. Offer valid only when services are available. The parking lot at the Tubman Visitor Center can accommodate three tour buses. An outdoor pavilion is available for rental. The Visitor Center can also arrange for boxed lunches to be brought on site for groups. Find out more about the Tubman Visitor Center.
410-221-2290

Sawyer Charters
For groups of at least 15 people, Sawyer Charters offers the full-day Harriet Tubman By Land & Sea tour, with part of the tour on land and part on a boat.
410-397-3743 or 443-521-2055

FAQs About the Harriet Tubman Byway

The byway is a self-guided driving tour that winds for 125 miles through Dorchester and Caroline Counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It highlights 35 historically significant sites linked to Harriet Tubman and others seeking freedom from slavery in the mid-1800s. The byway was designated as one of the best driving tours in the nation by the Federal Highway Administration for its scenic beauty and significant history.

The grand opening of the Tubman Visitor Center, located outside of Cambridge, Maryland, is set for the weekend of March 11-12, 2017. Most of the grand opening events will be by invitation only, but the center will be open to the public starting March 11. We’ll share more information on this website as we get closer to March.

The Harriet Tubman Museum and Education Center was started by local community members in the 1990s as part of a grassroots effort to preserve and promote Harriet Tubman’s legacy. It includes information about Harriet Tubman’s life. You can visit this small museum at 424 Race Street in downtown Cambridge, Maryland.

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center is a new venture developed by the National Park Service and the Maryland Park Service. When it opens to the public in March 2017, its 10,000-square-feet of exhibit place will include interpretive exhibits, hands-on learning, and a movie theater, as well as 17 acres with nature trails and an outdoor pavilion. It is located about 20 minutes from the heart of Cambridge, Maryland, near Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

No, admission is free to all the sites along the byway. Some sites may have a donation box.

There are limited restroom facilities along the byway. Restrooms at or near a byway site are noted on the individual site descriptions.

At this point, there are not regularly scheduled tours that individuals can join. If you have a group, you can arrange for a group tour in advance through the Harriet Tubman Museum and Education Center. For more information, call 410-228-0401 or stop by the museum at 424 Race Street, Cambridge, MD 21613.

An executive order in March 2013 established Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument and marked the landscape of Dorchester County, Maryland for its historical significance to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. At the creation of Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park a year later, the National Park Service identified land in Dorchester, Talbot, and Caroline Counties for potential future acquisition. The Conservation Fund donated the only land currently owned by the National Park Service—480 acres at the Jacob Jackson site, the home of a free African American who delivered a message for Tubman that she was returning to guide her brothers to freedom.

The National Park Service also administers a sister park in Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, New York, where Harriet Tubman lived in her later years.

Passport to your National Parks stamps are available at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center.

Find out more about the park.