Heritage & History
Maryland is recognized as one of the most powerful destinations for the authentic Underground Railroad history as it commemorates all those involved in the Underground Railroad, including Maryland's courageous Harriet Tubman, the brilliant Frederick Douglass, and thousands of freedom seekers. Maryland is truly unique in the number of places that tell inspiring stories of the heroic men, women and children who fought for freedom from slavery along the Underground Railroad. Discover more about those involved in the Underground Railroad, including Maryland's courageous Harriet Tubman, the brilliant orator Frederick Douglass, and thousands of freedom seekers. Maryland is open for heroes.
The past becomes even more interesting when you experience it firsthand. Visit the below museums where tours and excursions may be limited to outside grounds only and virtual tours at this time.
12207 Tulip Grove Drive
Bowie, MD 20715
For more than 100 years, the Ogle and Tasker families living at Belair Mansion struggled to keep their enslaved people from running away. *When open, the featured exhibit “African-American Slaves at Belair,” tells the stories of resistance and flight.
Darnall’s Chance House Museum
14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Darnall’s Chance was built in 1742 for James Wardrop and served as the home of many prominent tobacco merchants. The site depended on the labor of enslaved African Americans. Eight individuals attempted to gain their freedom by escaping from here in the 19th century.
Elizabeth Keckly Burial Site
National Harmony Memorial Park
7101 Sheriff Road
Largo, MD 20792
Mrs. Keckly worked on behalf of the newly emancipated enslaved people that sought refuge in the nation’s capital. Keckly raised funds and organized the Contraband Relief Association at Union Bethel AME Church.
Marietta House Museum
5626 Bell Station
Glenn Dale, MD 20769
Marietta House is the federal-style home of Supreme Court Justice Gabriel Duvall, who wrote the Supreme Court opinion that slaves could testify in court. However Duvall also owned slaves. Between 1814 and 1859, three enslaved people fled Marietta House. The historic house museum interprets 19th century living.
Northampton Slave Quarters and Archeological Park
10915 Water Port Court
Bowie, MD 20721
Numerous enslaved people escaped from Northampton plantation, owned by the Sprigg family from 1800 to 1836. Rebuilt foundations of two slave quarters and interpretive signs detail the lives of enslaved people who lived here. The park is self-guided.