In March 2017, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center opened to the public and immersed visitors in Tubman's world through exhibits that are informative, evocative and emotive. Understand the value of Tubman's early years in Maryland, learn about the Underground Railroad resistance movement and her work as a freedom fighter, liberator, leader and humanitarian. The interpretive video "The Life and Legacy of Harriet Tubman" compliments the exhibits by providing an overview about the history of the Underground Railroad and Tubman's connections to it while highlighting the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. It’s a “must see”.
The Visitor Center also features a gift shop, information desk, research library and a temporary exhibit space.
Outside the Visitor Center, a walking path through the legacy garden offers a place for quiet reflection and meditation. Further appreciate the life and legacy of this great American heroine by attending a ranger-led program or exploring additional sites along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway.
The 17-acre park is adjacent is to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and is also home to an administrative building and a 2,600 square foot open-air picnic pavilion with stone fireplace and serving area. To learn more about these features visit the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park Map.
Bring family and friends and celebrate Black History Month at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in February. There will be special programs given by National and Maryland park service rangers.
During this special month, there will be daily Junior Ranger programs, and a short film about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in Maryland. Click on the link below to know the day and times of events and programs. Events are all free of charge.
From Annapolis and points north: Take US-301 North/US-50 East towards the Town of Cambridge. Turn right on Woods Road. Turn right on Route 16. Turn left onto Route 335 (Golden Hill Road), drive for 4.5 miles and the Visitor Center will be on your right. From Ocean City and points south: Take US-50 West towards the Town of Cambridge. Turn left on Route 16 (Church Creek Road). Turn left onto Route 335 (Golden Hill Road), and drive approximately 4.5 miles and the Visitor Center will be on your right.
We extend a sincere welcome to each and everyone of you who will travel both near and far to learn more about our local hero, Harriet Tubman. We invite you come share in our rich history and enjoy our unique culture and people here in the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Dorchester County has more shoreline than any other county in Maryland. From the Chesapeake Bay to the Choptank and Nanticoke Rivers to dramatic marshland, water is central to life here. Watermen (and women) still harvest crab, oysters, clams, and fish from these waters. You’ll find fresh and local seafood on the menu in nearly every restaurant.