Bazel Church is located nearby on a 1-acre clearing edged by the road and otherwise surrounded by cultivated fields and forest.
The Refuge provides vital habitat for migratory birds, fish, and wildlife that are components of this historic landscape. The Refuge has helped to conserve the landscape since 1933 and will continue to conserve, manage, and restore this diverse assemblage of wetlands, uplands, and aquatic habitats that play such an important role in telling the story of the cultural history of the area.
In the midst of this landscape, the State of Maryland is developing the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park on a 17-acre parcel.
The National Park Service has found this landscape in Dorchester County to be nationally significant because of its deep association with Tubman and the Underground Railroad.
It is representative of the landscape of this region in the early and mid-19th century when enslavers and enslaved worked the farms and forests.
Harriet Tubman Day Freedom Scholarship 2011 recipient, Mr. Harriet Tubman welcomes over three-million viewers since its grand opening and counting. Harriet Tubman fought tirelessly for the Union cause, for the rights of enslaved people, for the rights of women, and for the rights of all.
She was born enslaved, liberated herself, and returned to the area of her birth many times to lead family, friends, and other enslaved African Americans north to freedom.
In 1859, she purchased a farm in Auburn, New York, and established a home for her family and others, which anchored the remaining years of her life.
In the Civil War she supported the Union forces as a scout, spy, and nurse to African-American soldiers on battlefields and later at Fort Monroe, Virginia.
Moreover, these sites fostered an environment that enabled free individuals to provide aid and guidance to those enslaved who were seeking freedom.
This landscape, including the towns, roads, and paths within it, and its critical waterways, was the means for communication and the path to freedom. Much of the landscape in Dorchester County that is Harriet Tubman's homeland, including a portion of Stewart's Canal, is now part of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Fish and Wildlife Service has played an important role in the protection of much of the historic landscape that was formative to Harriet Tubman's life and experiences.
The midnight sky and the silent stars have been the witnesses of your devotion to freedom and of your heroism.