Hole in the Barn Door

Block #7: Hole in the Barn Door

Sponsored by: The Richards Family

Located at the Caroline County 4H Park.
8230 Detour Rd, Denton, MD 21629
Painted by Foundry Artists.

The Unveiling

To Be Announced

The Story

Resting places along the routes of the Underground Railroad could be found in private homes, churches, and small business. These safe havens were referred to as “stations” or “depots.” Freedom seekers could find food, shelter, and assistance to the next stop along the route. Hideaways could be concealed in attics, basements, closets, and outbuildings. Even today, historians are working to confirm the location of many of these sites.

Often, “stationmasters” did not know more than a few other places of safety in their local vicinity. Those who contributed money or goods to support the Underground Railroad were “stockholders.” The money paid for transportation and for clothes that would conceal the identity of the travelers.  Finally, a “conductor” was responsible for moving fugitive slaves from one station to the next. These stations were usually around 10 to 20 miles apart.

Hole in the Barn Door

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