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Trace the trails of abolition blazed by Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and the 19th-century Black communities they drew from. Beginning in Cambridge, Maryland, we’ll learn about Tubman’s early life in Dorchester County, where, after escaping from slavery, she returned thirteen times to usher 70 enslaved people to freedom. We’ll step inside the shop where she first defied her white oppressors and visit a former safe house along the Underground Railroad. Journeying north, we’ll visit Easton, where Frederick Douglass met the free Black individuals living and working in the Hill Community, escaped from slavery, and came back decades later to deliver a speech next to the jail in which he’d once been incarcerated. While our two days together will be largely dedicated to Tubman and Douglass, we’ll visit Methodist churches, centuries-old schoolhouses, and residential neighborhoods, casting an ear to the stories of the countless Black community members who contributed to the rich historical fabric of Maryland’s abolitionist movement.
Note on Safety:
We’ve designed this two-day trip with current health and safety precautions in mind. To maintain adequate physical distancing, participants will be traveling in their own vehicles and will reserve their own accommodations. Staff and participants will be expected to follow the latest CDC guidelines, which include wearing face masks in public and group settings, and keeping six feet of distance between parties who are not traveling together. Visit our Trips FAQ for more information, and feel free to contact us directly with any questions.
The total cost of this trip is $420 per person. Note that participants are responsible for their own transportation and accommodations.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip.
Accommodations for this weekend trip are not included; we encourage locals to join us, and would like to provide participants with as much flexibility as possible. There are motels, hotels, campsites, and boutique B&Bs in the Cambridge, Maryland area, and we’d be more than happy to provide recommendations based on preferences and price points.
You'll need your own means of transport for both days of this trip, as we’ll be driving caravan-style between locations. The tour begins promptly at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Dorchester County Visitor Center. If you’re joining from out of town, we recommend you arrive the night before to ensure you’ll be able to make the 9 a.m. start time without issue. Our trip concludes on Sunday at 4 p.m. From here, you can depart for home or, if you'd like to extend your trip, we’d be happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in the area on your own.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking three to four miles over the course of each day, spending most of the day outdoors, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time, including walking on uneven terrain. We encourage participants to bring a water bottle, some snacks, a hat, and sunscreen, as we’ll be spending two very active, outdoor days together.
Summer in Maryland is warm, with daytime temperatures in July and August in the 80s (°F), dropping to the mid-60s at night, while humidity can reach 70 percent, and rainfall generally at least once per week.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated as long as we’re notified in advance, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. The trip includes two lunches, though you’re also welcome to bring your own. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us in advance, and be sure to include this information in your reservation form.
In addition to contributing to small businesses and local economies in less touristed areas, your trip helps preserve and share an important part of the country’s history, and the impactful roles of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from your trip will be donated to the Harriet Tubman Museum and Education Center.