Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, Cambridge

Distance from Baltimore: 80 miles, about a two-hour drive Why it's worth the gas: This 125-mile route on the Eastern Shore offers a glimpse into the life of the leader of the Underground Railroad. It includes stops in Cambridge and Bucktown, where Tubman was born. She spent her childhood at Brodess plantation. Heading north to Denton, stop at the Courthouse Square, site of a former slave market, and then stop off along the Tuckahoe River; you'll be in the area where abolitionist Frederick Douglass was born. Farther north, near Greensboro, see the path to freedom taken by former slaves as they traveled along the Choptank River. Don't miss: The Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center in downtown Cambridge tells the story of her life on the Brodess Farm in Bucktown, including the historic store, above, where she was nearly killed by an overseer who hit here in the head. Artifacts and paintings illustrate how she eventually ran away to Pennsylvania and helped free others. A state park and visitor center bearing Tubman's name is slated for completion in 2013, the 100th anniversary of Tubman's death. The 15,000-square-foot visitor center will house an exhibit hall and interactive displays, with walking trails and a spiritual reflection garden on the grounds. Information: Go to
Doug Kapustin, Baltimore Sun
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