Inspiring, true-life stories of the Underground Railroad come alive in Tubman Travels: 32 Underground Railroad Journeys on Delmarva. Join award-winning writer Jim Duffy as he wanders through Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Delaware to visit the sites and scenes that put modern-day travelers in touch with the stories of brave men and women who set out against all odds in search of freedom from slavery.
This second edition has been freshly updated to add new sites that have sprung up since the book was first published in 2017. The latest archeological findings and historical research are incorporated as well.
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The most famous of the 19th-century heroes of these stories–Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass–are featured prominently. But so, too, is an array of lesser-known figures whose journeys out of bondage speak volumes about timeless themes of courage, love, family, and faith.
Each chapter in the book is a self-contained tale tied to a modern-day destination. The journeys begin on the wide Choptank River in Cambridge, Maryland and then wander along scenic backroads leading through history-laden towns such as Easton, St. Michaels, Denton, Chestertown, Centreville, Bucktown, Madison, Galena, and Chesapeake City. Crossing into Delaware, the journeys continue through Dover, Middletown, Seaford, New Castle, and Wilmington.
Duffy is the author of a number books dedicated to travel, culture, and history topics on the Delmarva Peninsula. His two collections of “Eastern Shore Road Trips” mix modern-day itineraries with stories from days gone by. “You Wouldn’t Believe!” is a collection of essays recounting “44 Strange and Wondrous Delmarva Tales.” Along with his wife, the photographer Jill Jasuta, he founded Secrets of the Eastern Shore and quickly became a go-to source for travel tips and unforgettable stories about life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and in Delaware.
“The events that unfolded on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware during slavery times are as moving and important as any in our nation’s history,” says the author. “My goal in Tubman Travels is to tell these stories in fresh, engaging ways so that readers can get an up-close-and-personal feel for the times and for the people who embarked on these brave, historic journeys.”
Tubman Travels is organized geographically, with the first chapter set on the Choptank River in Cambridge, Maryland. The stories that follow unfold along a route that takes readers along scenic rural backroads and through such history-laden Maryland towns as Easton, St. Michaels, Denton, Chestertown, Centreville, Galena, and Chesapeake City. Crossing into Delaware, the journeys continue through Seaford, Dover, Middletown, New Castle, and Wilmington.
Contact author Jim Duffy at:
SecretsoftheEasternShore@gmail.com or 443.477.4490