Discover the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Scenic Byway. Immerse yourself in the powerful history of Maryland’s Eastern Shore where Harriet Tubman lived, worked, worshiped, and led others to freedom. Before the Civil War, many enslaved African Americans fled from slavery by way of a secret network of roads, waterways, trails, and hiding places that became known as the Underground Railroad. They were helped along the way by black and white anti-slavery activists. In the Chesapeake region, the Bay's many tributaries were often used as routes for escaping slaves.
A drive along the 64 mile Underground Railroad Scenic Byway highlights the life of Harriet Tubman and many historic places connected with her in Chesapeake Bay country. From Dorchester County and scenes of her early life, you can follow the trail north through Caroline County, where many Maryland free blacks and white abolitionists supported the cause of freedom.