The nominated site was the home of Jacob and Hannah Leverton, Quakers. As agents of the Underground Railroad [UGRR], Jacob and Hannah Leverton sheltered freedom seekers. Near the division line between Caroline and Dorchester Counties, their first-quarter 19th century brick dwelling was located on several hundred contiguous acres of land. In 1898, William T. Kelley claimed that the Leverton home was “the main stopping place for the UGRR in the area.” Jacob Leverton helped a battered young girl escape her pursuers before they appeared at his farm, demanding an explanation for her disappearance. In January 1858, after exposure of their UGRR activities, Jacob’s son, Arthur, and free-black neighbor, Daniel Hubbard, had to flee their homes to evade retaliation by an angry mob. Kelley and his Quaker father, Jonah, described by his son as “a strong anti-slavery man,” harbored unnumbered refugees on Jonah’s land composed of several hundred acres west and south of Leverton. During the 1840s and 1850s, free-blacks bought small farms along the north side of the road between the two counties. In effect, this area near Preston was a haven of a thousand acres stretching nearly a mile along the bi-county road, largely owned by people who were sympathetic to the riddance of institutionalized slavery.
Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.
Location: 3531 Seaman Road, Preston, 21655-2412
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Michael E. McCrea
Location Type: Site
People/Organizations Associated with the site: Wilbur Siebert
Freedom Seekers: Jacob Shaw
UGRR Operatives: Hannah Leverton