Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad BywayDaily life at and around Linchester Mill provided fertile yet dangerous ground for those seeking freedom.
The mill, a general store, post office and homes at this site brought whites and blacks, free and enslaved, into regular contact. Freedom and slavery existed side-by-side in stark contrast. Quakers and free blacks who lived near the mill secretly helped freedom seekers pass through the area. The mill's dam provided a spot to cross Hunting Creek.
Underground Railroad agent Daniel Hubbard, a free black carpenter and millwright, lived nearby and probably worked at the mill. In order to reside together, Hubbard "hired" his enslaved wife and children from their master. Suspected of helping slaves escape on New Year's Eve in 1857, Hubbard was forced to leave his family to avoid capture by an angry mob. His fate remains unknown.
(Inscription beside the photo at the bottom) RIGHT: Harriet Tubman frequently put herself in dangerous situations by crossing rivers and streams while assisting others in their quest for freedom.
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|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 1:03pm PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 421966 N 4284023|
|Decimal Degrees||38.70140000, -75.89740000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 42.084', W 75° 53.844'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 42' 5.04" N, 75° 53' 50.64" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 3395 Linchester Rd, Preston MD 21655, US|
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