Webb Cabin-Living Free

Webb Cabin-Living Free (HM1I4S)

Location: Preston, MD 21655 Caroline County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 45.348', W 75° 53.586'

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Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

Common in the mid-19th century, this cabin is a rare survivor today. James H. and Mary Ann Webb built this one-room house in the 1850s, using materials found in the surrounding landscape. Hand-hewn log walls rest on a foundation of ballast stones from ships that plied the Chesapeake Bay. The interior has fireplace, a root cellar, and a loft. It is typical of homes occupied by both free and enslaved blacks, including Harriet Tubman's parents, Ben and Rit Ross, who lived nearby at Poplar Neck.

As a free man, James Webb was forced to purchase the freedom of his wife and their children. The free family farmed their land while living in a community dependent on slavery. Roughly seventy percent of blacks in Caroline County were free; to the south, in Dorchester County, about half were. The Webb's home was located with the Underground Railroad's network to freedom.

HM NumberHM1I4S
Series This marker is part of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway series
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Date Added Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 422399 N 4290056
Decimal Degrees38.75580000, -75.89310000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 45.348', W 75° 53.586'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 45' 20.88" N, 75° 53' 35.16" W
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Area Code(s)410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 23459 Grove Rd, Preston MD 21655, US
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