Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park


On March 9, 2013, the State of Maryland -- along with several hundred national, state and local supporters -- broke ground for the 17-acre Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center, commemorating the life and legacy of the legendary abolitionist. The 125-mile Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway was also unveiled during the Join the Journey Centennial Celebration, which marked the 100th anniversary of Tubman’s death.

Grand Opening - March 10, 2017

Although construction will be complete by March 2016, interpretive exhibits and the orientation film will not be complete until early 2017. 

General Park Information

  • Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park is a 17 acre site adjacent to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, along MD 335. There will be a 16,000 sq. ft. LEED Silver rated Visitor Center and Administration Building as well as a 2,700 sq. ft. open air pavilion with fireplace and picnic tables.
  • The design concept, "The View North," symbolizes the importance of moving northward to escape the circumstances of slavery. The exhibit and administration buildings are constructed on a South to North axis and the two buildings frame the view of the memorial garden as visitors approach. The layout of the exhibit building is a series of four pitched roof volumes connected by a linear spine. The linear spine represents the north bound journey of the Underground Railroad. The volumes can be interpreted as "stations."
  • The exhibit building will be the primary destination for visitors. It houses the restrooms, gift shop, information desk, research library and the main interpretive experience. Once completed, visitors will begin their exhibit experience with an orientation film. The interpretive exhibits focus on Tubman and the Underground Railroad Resistance Movement from the Maryland perspective.
  • A quiet, open memorial garden, landscaped with native plants showcasing vegetation with seasonal interests, is bounded by a network of walking paths that provide opportunity for meditation and reflection.

Additional information regarding the history of Harriet Tubman is available on the file below, which is in a PDF format that requires Adobe Reader. To get the free Adobe Reader go to Adobe.com.


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  • To Report Violations of Park Rules: 1-800-825-7275 (Park Watch) or 1-410-260-8888 (Communications Center)
  • General Information: 1-800-830-3974 (Annapolis Office)
  • Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
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