Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park Construction Progressing Quickly
Construction of the visitor center buildings is nearing the halfway mark and completion of the physical structures is on target for this year. State agencies including the Maryland Park Service, the Department Maryland Tourism, Film and the Arts Insights of Natural Resources, Maryland State Archives and
the Maryland Office of Tourism are working in conjunction with Haley Sharpe Design, the National Park Service and a team of dedicated Harriet Tubman scholars on developing exhibits and interpretive content. Exhibits are expected to be completed and ready for a mid-2016 park opening. The state park will complement the established Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway and a new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park that will help preserve the unique landscape associated with Tubman’s life on the Eastern Shore.
“The leadership, cooperation and strong efforts of private citizens, local businesses and stakeholders, and state and federal agencies has been truly a model for tourism development,” says Marci Ross, Assistant Director, Maryland Office of Tourism. “Together, the byway and State and National parks will be a powerful tourism draw for the Eastern Shore while serving as a fitting tribute offering insights into the life and work of Tubman, one of the key conductors on the Underground Railroad.”