The Thornton Poole House near Linganore, Frederick Co., MD, is a significant site in the history of the UGRR for the escape of 12 members of the enslaved Aldridge family over several years in the 1850s. William Still, the famous abolitionist and UGRR conductor, recorded their story as told by two family members and a friend upon arriving in Philadelphia in 1857. The Aldridge family's story expresses the motivations for escaping from slavery, particularly the fear of being sold away from one's family and loved ones. Their story furthermore contributes to understanding the regional history of UGRR in mid-MD and the Upper South. Considering that Thornton Poole apparently did not replace the escaped persons, the Aldridge family's decision to support escapes had an important impact.
Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.
Location: s/s Glissans Mill Rd., Linganore, 21771
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Robert Hall
Location Type: Site
People/Organizations Associated with the site: Thornton Poole (Owner)
Freedom Seekers: Aldridge Family
UGRR Operatives: William Still