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Tours and Special Events

Conference Field Sessions

Tour 1 - “In the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Dorchester County is where I was born.”
Date and Time: Thursday, May 18, 2017, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (meet at 10:30)
Location: Meet in Hotel Lobby
Price $40 (lunch included)

Stops: Stanley Institute, Malone Church, New Revived United Methodist Church, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center

Other sites: Church Creek, Woolford, Jacob Jackson Site, Stewart’s Canal, Blackwater River, Brodess Farm, Bucktown Village Store

Visit the land of Harriet Tubman’s birth, where she spent her formative years and visit the newly opened Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center. Tubman biographer Kate Larson will lead this tour to explore the communities important to Harriet Tubman’s early life on the Eastern Shore. View the landscape where Tubman worked, learning outdoor skills from her father Ben Ross, and where she returned to rescue family and friends. Learn about the complex social environment of this region and the relationship between enslaved and free blacks. Tour includes lunch.

Tour 2- In the Shadow of Freedom on the Delmarva

Date and Time: Sunday, May 21, 2017, 8:30 to 5:00 pm (meet at 8:00)
Location: Meet in Hotel Lobby
Price $50 (lunch included)

Stops: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Dover Green, Delaware Old State House

Other Sites: Faith Community United Methodist Church, Jacob and Hannah Leverton House, Linchester Mill, Jonestown, Samuel D. Burris marker

Isolated from the mainland for centuries, the Delmarva Peninsula (containing Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia) constitutes a distinctive region with a strong southern culture. Explore this Upper South region and learn about slavery and freedom in the borderlands. This tour will follow the Harriet Tubman byway into Caroline County, Maryland, and Delaware, highlighting the story of the Dover Eight who used information from Harriet Tubman in their dramatic escape. In the Poplar Neck area, learn the story of the African American community of which Harriet Tubman’s parents, Ben and Rit Ross were a part and the nearby Quaker community. Have lunch in Denton, Maryland

The Delaware portion of the tour will include the “Tales of Slavery and Freedom Walking Tour” on the Dover Green where participants will learn about Delaware’s complicated positions regarding freedom and slavery, and its role as a border state during the Civil War. Learn the story of the brave group of freedom seekers known as the Dover Eight and their daring escape from the Dover Jail. Hear about famous African-American Richard Allen and his connections to the Golden Fleece Tavern. In the Old State House, the “Courage and Freedom Tour” will focus on three compelling stories of courageous Delawareans whose fight for freedom and equality began at the Old State House, including Samuel D. Burris.