Tubman Visitor Center 1st Anniversary

Since opening in March 2017, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Church Creek, MD, has exceeded all expectations, welcoming nearly 100,000 visitors from all 50 states and over 60 countries. Join in the celebration featuring interesting talks and family-friendly activities during their one-year anniversary weekend on March 10-11, 2018. The Visitor Center is Site #13 along the Harriet Tubman Byway, a scenic, self-guided driving tour of 36 historically sites on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Harriet Tubman was born into slavery here in Dorchester County and lived here for about 27 years before escaping. She then returned at least a dozen times, risking her life time and again to lead family and friends to freedom.

For events happening at the Tubman Visitor Center, see the events listed below or download the PDF. There are also special happenings planned at these two Tubman Byway sites:

  • The Bucktown Village Store (Site #17 on the Tubman Byway) will be open March 10 and 11 from 9am to 5pm. It is usually open only by appointment. Learn more about this historic site.
  • New Revived United Methodist Church (Site #11 on the Tubman Byway) will host the acclaimed gospel group The Victorian Singers on March 10 at 4pm. The church is located at 4350 Smithville Rd, Taylors Island, MD 21669. Learn more about the church.

Below is the schedule of events happening March 10-11, 2018, 9am to 5pm at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center, 4068 Golden Hill Rd., Church Creek, MD 21622.

Meet Harriet Tubman

Re-enactor Millicent Sparks performs her interpretation of Tubman and her monumental life.
Saturday, 9-10am
Sunday, 9-10am

Become a Junior Ranger

Does your child have what it takes to be a Junior Ranger? Start their Tubman experience by requesting the self-guided booklet at the Visitor Services desk. Upon completion participants take the Junior Ranger pledge, get a souvenir hat and a patch to remember their day in Tubman Country!
Saturday and Sunday: 9am-4pm (self-guided program, arrive anytime)

Bound for the Promised Land: Portrait of an American Hero

Dr. Kate Clifford Larson, the Visitor Center’s historical consultant, will present her book Bound for the Promised Land: Portrait of an American Hero. Learn new information and hear about her research methods to uncover new facts about Tubman. Dr. Larson will be signing copies of her book.
Saturday, 10am-11am, book signing from 11am to 12pm in the library
Sunday, 10am-11am, book signing from 11am to 12pm in the library

The View North

Chris Elcock, Senior Associate at GWWO, Inc., Architects, the team behind the design of the Visitor Center will present The View North. Discover the hidden symbolism in the building and surrounding landscape of the park.
Saturday, 11am-12pm

Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Concert Choir

Join the UMES Concert Choir for a more intimate encore performance of the concert performed for the Grand Opening of the Visitor Center.
Saturday, 12-1pm

Games Enslaved Children Played

Learn from park rangers the significance and history of games that enslaved children played. Participants will learn about the importance of community, family and friends to enslaved children. Create your own piece of art to remember the park’s first anniversary. Saturday, 1-4pm (ongoing, arrive anytime)
A Viewing of “Carry Me Home” “Carry Me Home” is a 20-minute film that recounts Harriet Tubman’s final passage on the Underground Railroad in the winter of 1860. Saturday, 1-2pm and 3-4pm
Sunday, 1-2pm and 3-4pm

Landscapes, Legacies, and Memorials Of Harriet Tubman’s Extraordinary Life

Dr. Kate Clifford Larson, the Visitor Center’s historical consultant, will present an overview of more than a century’s worth of efforts to preserve and celebrate Harriet Tubman’s life and legacy, from her first biography in 1868, to the placement of Tubman’s likeness on the $20 bill in 2020.
Sunday, 10am-11am, book signing from 11am to 12pm in the library

The Eastern Shore of Maryland and the Underground Railroad

Join a park ranger and learn about the landscape of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and how it was an integral part of the Underground Railroad for freedom seekers in both positive and negative ways.
Sunday, 11am-12pm

A Walk with Tony Cohen

Historian Tony Cohen of the Menare Foundation leads a simulated Underground Railroad journey. Combining artifacts and knowledge of the landscape, his tour around the legacy garden reveals escape secrets used by Tubman and other freedom seekers.
Sunday, 12-1pm

ADDRESS: 4068 Golden Hill Rd., Church Creek, Md 21622

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