Moses and the Hounds

Moses and the Hounds (HM1I58)

Location: Denton, MD 21629 Caroline County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 53.298', W 75° 50.286'

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Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

Growing up as a slave near Easton, MD, Moses Viney often heard, "The wild geese come from Canada, where all are free." When he was 23 years old, Moses learned he might be sold to a new owner in the Deep South. To avoid this fate, he and two friends escaped on Easter morning in April 1840. They swore they would make it to Canada or die trying.

Upon reaching the Choptank River, the trio attempted to cross a bridge near here. But the plantation's hounds were hot on their trail, trapping the men on the west (opposite) bank. Fortunately, Moses had anticipated this happening.
Months before leaving, he had fed those dogs well and treated them kindly. When they charged at him, Moses greeted the pack and ordered them home. The hounds recognized their friend and obediently turned back. The three men then found a canoe, fashioned fence rails into oars, and safely crossed the river.
They continued on to Philadelphia, where Moses received help from Rev. Alexander Wayman, an Underground Railroad agent and former Caroline County resident. He eventually reached upstate New York, where he lived out his days as a free man.

Denton's waterfront is one of the historic sites along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. Explore this 125-mile road and follow Tubman and others in their quests for freedom. Learn more about the byway at
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HM NumberHM1I58
Series This marker is part of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway series
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Date Added Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 at 9:03am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 427312 N 4304714
Decimal Degrees38.88830000, -75.83810000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.298', W 75° 50.286'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 17.88" N, 75° 50' 17.16" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 24880 Meeting House Rd, Denton MD 21629, US
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