Text    Click for small text size. Click for medium text size. Click for large text size.         Click to share this page.     Click to print the page.   GO »

Member Details

< Return to Search Results

Arthur W. Leverton Farm

Arthur W. Leverton, a recently documented agent of the Underground Railroad, owned this property from 1848 until 1859. Long suspected of being active in the UGRR in the Preston area, his role revealed in early January of 1858 after fugitive slaves, Margaret Haskins, her husband and four children, were captured, jailed and interrogated and Arthur Leverton was connected to the escape. Threatened by rumors of a gathering mob of vengeful slaveholders, he fled Caroline County within two weeks of his exposure as an agent, leaving behind his family, home, farm and livelihood. Re-settled in Indiana - where many other Quakers had migrated to be rid of the institution of slavery - the family never regained the financial prosperity provided by his productive farm. His farm was critical to what appears to have been a large refuge for fugitives from slavery - a target of 1,400 contiguous acres of land owned by Quakers and free blacks in the Preston area, one of whom was Arthur's father, Jacob.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: John S. Ayton State Forest Tree Nursery, 3424 Gallagher Rd, Preston, 21655

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Richard Garrett

Location Type: Site

Freedom Seekers: Margaret Haskins

UGRR Operatives: Arthur W. Leverton,Harriet Tubman