Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad BywayCommon in the mid-19th century, this cabin is a rare survivor today. James H. and Mary Ann Webb built this one-room house in the 1850s, using materials found in the surrounding landscape. Hand-hewn log walls rest on a foundation of ballast stones from ships that plied the Chesapeake Bay. The interior has fireplace, a root cellar, and a loft. It is typical of homes occupied by both free and enslaved blacks, including Harriet Tubman's parents, Ben and Rit Ross, who lived nearby at Poplar Neck.
As a free man, James Webb was forced to purchase the freedom of his wife and their children. The free family farmed their land while living in a community dependent on slavery. Roughly seventy percent of blacks in Caroline County were free; to the south, in Dorchester County, about half were. The Webb's home was located with the Underground Railroad's network to freedom.
|Series||This marker is part of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 at 1:02pm PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 422399 N 4290056|
|Decimal Degrees||38.75580000, -75.89310000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 45.348', W 75° 53.586'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 45' 20.88" N, 75° 53' 35.16" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 23459 Grove Rd, Preston MD 21655, US|
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