The Trackless Trail Tracked from the Eastern Shore to Canada.

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Chris Densmore, Curator, Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College


There are plans to commemorate the intrepid African-American Underground Railroad conductor, Harriet Tubman, through a Byway from her birth-place on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and then following her escape route through Maryland and Delaware. Chester County historian, Frances C. Taylor, wrote about the Underground Railroad being a “Trackless Trail,” but it is possible to connect Harriet directly to the abolitionists of Southern Chester County, and from there follow her northward all the way to Canada.  She knew the Progressive Friends of Longwood Meeting, and was friends with Thomas Garrett in Wilmington.

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Future travelers on the modern Tubman Byway can not only see the old Longwood Meetinghouse, but from there can take the Kennett Underground Railroad Center’s Heritage Tour of URR houses, and learn about this important time in our area’s local history.  The Fussell House, or “The Pines,” is the second house on the tour, and of priceless significance to our community for all the famous abolitionists who were entertained there.