Grantham and Forrest Farm is the site of escape from enslavement by Benjamin Tillotson (Abram Tilison). The plantation, located in Kent County, Maryland, was owned by Samuel Jarman. Tillotson ran away from Jarman in 1857, during a religious camp-meeting, because he was afraid he would be sold to Georgia upon the death of his master. Tillotson traveled north on the Underground Railroad, hiding in barns and coming close to being captured. He made it to Philadelphia where his account was recorded by William Still and sent on to St. Catharines, Ontario. While in Canada he became an active member of his community and his life story was recorded by a neighboring white man, Fred Parnell. This case highlights many elements of the Underground Railroad and the abolition movement. Still's account and Tillotson's own describe Jarman differently. Still protrays Jarman as an abusive and unsympathetic slaveholder, while Tillotson describes him as a lenient and good-natured man. Still needed to publicize the evils of slavery, and his treatment of Jarman is the result of his anti-slavery agenda. Tillotson's own description gives us an unprecedented account as to what life was like for slaves in Kent County.
Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.
Location: 31245 Chesterville Bridge Road, Millington, Kent, 21651
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Michael Kent
Location Type: Site
People/Organizations Associated with the site: Samuel Jarman (Owner)
Freedom Seekers: Benjamin Tillotson (Abram Tilison)
UGRR Operatives: William Still