Shuttle Service to Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center
Cambridge, MD (February 23, 2017) – A free shuttle service from downtown Cambridge to the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center will run on March 11 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Vans will leave the public lot across from Cambridge City Hall, located at 410 Academy Street, every 15-20 minutes and go directly to the Visitor Center. The National Park Service and the Maryland Park Service have teamed up to provide special family-friendly Grand Opening events and activities at the site, and a first look at the new visitor center. All events are free.
The shuttle service will not run on March 12, although the Visitor Center will be open. It is located at 4068 Golden Hill Road, Church Creek, Maryland.
The Visitor Center is the premier feature of the park and includes state-of-the-art green elements such as bio-retention ponds, rain barrels, and vegetative roofs. It houses the exhibit hall, museum store, information desk, research library, and restrooms. A short video introduces guests to Harriet Tubman’s life. An immersive display then shows how the landscape of the Choptank River region shaped her early years and the importance of her faith, family and community. The exhibit also features information about Tubman’s role as a conductor on the Underground Railroad and her work as a freedom fighter, humanitarian, leader and liberator.
Children’s activities will be offered from noon-4 p.m. both days. Some interesting options will feature games played by enslaved children. Other youth activities will allow children to create a piece of art and become a Junior Ranger.
The Maryland Park Service and the National Park Service have partnered to manage the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center. The new visitor center, recreational pavilion, and legacy garden are located within the 17-acre Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park. Located along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, this location was chosen for the park because the view is preserved by the surrounding Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. With few remaining structures from Tubman’s time in the Choptank River Region, the landscape is a large part of the visitor experience.
For information about the Visitor Center go to www.nps,gov/hatu