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