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"My home, after all, was down in Maryland..."

Experience Harriet Tubman's home, where she was born into slavery, grew into a young woman determined to gain freedom, and where she returned to rescue her family and friends to bring them north to freedom.

In the heart of Dorchester County, Maryland, amid farm fields, creeks, and marshes, the Maryland State Park Service and the National Park Service have partnered to present the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, opening to the public on March 11, 2017. Offering exhibits, an audio-visual program, visitor information, a museum store, research library, and seasonal interpretive programs, the visitor center will be the central hub for understanding Tubman's life, legacy, and the landscapes and waterways that remain preserved just as this remarkable freedom fighter would recall.

For visitor center hours and seasonal offerings, check our Operating Hours and Seasons page.

 
Until the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center opens in March 2017, plan to visit our partners and friends at sites like the Harriet Tubman Byway, the Harriet Tubman Organization, and the Network to Freedom. See links below!
 
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Harriet Tubman Byway

Visit the Harriet Tubman museum, the canal where she floated timber, the plantation where she spent her early years, and more!

A woman's hands holding five Harriet Tubman collective trading cards

For Kids!

Collect the park's trading cards, complete the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Jr. Ranger book, or find related books!

Glass door to the museum reads

Harriet Tubman Museum

Visit the free Harriet Tubman museum in downtown Cambridge, MD, featuring exhibits and a short film.

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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

A 25,000-acre sanctuary for migrating birds, preserving the historic landscape and located next door to the park and visitor center.

Deep blue skies outside the Dorchester County Visitor Center, with sail-reminiscent figure in front

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

Connecting more than 170 parks, wildlife refuges, museums, sailing ships, historic communities, rivers, and trails on the Chesapeake.

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Captain John Smith Chesapeake NHT

This National Historic Trail follows historic routes of Smith's travels based on his map and journals, encompassing 3,000 miles on the bay.

 
Sunset along Stewart's Canal, with a woman standing on a bridge overlooking the straight corridor of water with pink and purple skies
Stewart's canal is a beautiful testimony to the incredible labor and craftsmanship of the free and enslaved African Americans who constructed it.

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Along the Harriet Tubman Byway, stop by Stewart's Canal, a 7-mile canal hand-dug by free and enslaved African Americans between 1810 and 1832 for commercial transportation. Tubman learned important outdoor skills navigating the canal and working in nearby timbering operations with her father, Ben Ross. Stewart's Canal is part of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, and while part of the National Monument, will continue to be owned, operated, and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

4068 Golden Hill Road
Church Creek, MD 21622

Phone:

410-221-2290

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