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Were There Underground RR Stations in Frederick, Md?

Originally published under Ask Mr. History. Published Online: September 17, 2013 
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Was there a stop on the Underground Railroad in Frederick County, Maryland? Was the C&O canal not used as a route, or would it have been too guarded? Often times we don't see what is right in front of us.

—Ann

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Dear Ann,

There was more than one stop on the Underground Railroad in politically divided Maryland, where pro-Slavery and pro-Secessionist sentiment, generally speaking, was greater in the east and receded as one went westward. There are entire websites that can be consulted for the now-known "stations" in Frederick and adjacent towns in Frederick County.

http://urrfreepress.com/index_files/Underground_Railroad_Tours.pdf

http://www.mdslavery.net/html/antebellum/fr.html

http://visitmaryland.org/BrochuresandMaps/UndergroundRailroad.pdf

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/archives/article_69b20830-d442-5e4c-9ef5-c1068109ca1a.html

http://www.freedomrailroad.com/

Sometimes we do see what is right in front of us. All we have to do is look.

Sincerely,

 

Jon Guttman
Research Director
Weider History Group
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