Adkins Arboretum-Slavery Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum-Slavery Arboretum (HM1I5M)

Location: Ridgely, MD 21660 Caroline County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 57.216', W 75° 56.016'

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Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

The forests and waterways of the Eastern Shore, traditional land of the Choptank and Nanticoke Indians, provided the backup for the austere home life, backbreaking labor, and dramatic escapes of enslaved blacks.


Hundreds of acres of white oak, black walnut, poplar, hickory and sweet gum trees, located near river transportation provided income to local landowners. Harriet Tubman and her father Ben Ross not only graded and harvested timber, but Harriet also learned lessons for living off the land.


Little things, learned by living close to nature, spelled success or failure on the Underground Railroad. Freedom seekers applied their practical knowledge to survive. Fruit trees offered food. Greenbrier thickets ripped clothes and scratched bodies. Spiked sweet gum balls pierced hurried feet, but the tree's resin soothed painful wounds.


Walk the trails ahead and enter the natural lifeline that helped or hindered the flight to freedom.
LEFT: The spiny fruit of sweet gum tree is easy to recognize. A pioneer tree, sweet gum often sprout in areas that have been logged.

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HM NumberHM1I5M
Series This marker is part of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway series
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Date Added Thursday, December 4th, 2014 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 419104 N 4312041
Decimal Degrees38.95360000, -75.93360000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 57.216', W 75° 56.016'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 57' 12.96" N, 75° 56' 0.96" W
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Area Code(s)410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Nancy's Meadow Loop, Ridgely MD 21660, US
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