Fun Fact: Did You Know that the Jacob Leverton Dwelling in Caroline County is the Only Documented Underground Railroad Station Building Remaining on the Eastern Shore?

Question: Did you know that the Jacob Leverton Dwelling in Caroline County is the only documented Underground Railroad station building remaining on the Eastern Shore?

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Jacob Leverton Dwelling, Courtesy of Caroline County Historical Society

It’s true! Freedom seekers found shelter and assistance in Caroline County as they traveled along the Underground Railroad to Delaware. The Jacob Leverton Dwelling was “the main stopping place,” a focal point around which several adjoining landowners participated in a broad stronghold of Underground Railroad activity. From their early 19th century residence, Quakers Jacob and Hannah Leverton aided escapees moving under cover to freedom in the North. It is a designated site of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program. Location: 3531 Seaman Road, Preston, MD.

You can explore by foot and by car the history and the lore of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and others. Sites include: Poplar Neck near Preston where Harriet Tubman made her greatest rescues; the Jacob Leverton Dwelling, (privately owned), the only documented Underground Railroad station building remaining on the Eastern Shore of Maryland; the Courthouse Square in Denton, the site of numerous incidents and the jail that held captured freedom seekers and Underground Railroad agents; and Hillsboro, the location of the permanent separation of Frederick Douglass family among various slaveholders.

caroline countySource: TourCaroline.com

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