Choptank Landing-Escape from Poplar Neck

Choptank Landing-Escape from Poplar Neck (HM1I21)

Location: Preston, MD 21655 Caroline County
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N 38° 40.89', W 75° 57.072'

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Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

While the Choptank River could pose a troublesome barrier to those without a boat, others used the river as a path to freedom.

Josiah Bailey, an enslaved logger and shipbuilder, rowed six miles up the river. His destination was Poplar Neck, where he alerted Harriet Tubman's father, Ben Ross, that he wanted her help to escape.

In November 1856, Harriet arrived to lead Bailey, his brother Bill, and friends Peter Pennington and Eliza Manokey to Canada. Hotly pursued, Bailey made good his escape despite a reward for his capture.

With Tubman's guidance, her brothers, Ben, Henry, and Robert, also escaped from Poplar Neck. Using coded messages, Harriet notified her brothers of her plan to rescue them from their parent's cabin. On Christmas Day 1854, she met them and several friends and guided them to Philadelphia and on to Canada.

(Inscription next to the photo at the bottom left) RIGHT: Tupin Wright, William Hugiett and John C. Henry posted a $2,000 reward for the capture of the three men. Advertisements like this one provide scholars with considerable information about the appearance and clothing of those who freed themselves.

HM NumberHM1I21
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Date Added Friday, November 28th, 2014 at 9:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 417265 N 4281862
Decimal Degrees38.68150000, -75.95120000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 40.89', W 75° 57.072'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 40' 53.4" N, 75° 57' 4.32" W
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Area Code(s)410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 21843 Water St, Preston MD 21655, US
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