Five Fascinating Underground Railroad Bed-and-Breakfasts
History buffs, take heart. A National Park honoring Harriet Tubman could open as early as 2013 in Auburn, New York, and Dorchester County, Maryland, thanks to legislation that finally passed the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee last Thursday (lawmakers rejected the bill on its first two go-arounds, in 2008 and 2009). If the full senate OKs the measure, the parks will preserve 32 acres of historic properties in Auburn, including Tubman’s home, and build a visitor center in Dorchester County, where Tubman was born. Can’t wait another year? There are dozens of Underground Railroad stations-turned-B&Bs where you can explore the trap doors, secret passageways, and sly escape routes that transported slaves to freedom in the North.
Ashley Manor, Barnstable, Massachusetts: Ashley Manor, built in 1699, has been on both sides of history: As a Revolutionary War hideout for Tories and as an Underground Railroad stop in the nineteenth century. Slaves were thought to have used a secret passageway connecting the upstairs and downstairs to escape via the cellar.
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