Delaware Underground Railroad

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway recounts what was perhaps the most dramatic protest action against slavery in United States history. A clandestine operation that began during the colonial period became part of organized abolitionist activity in the 19th century, and reached its peak between 1830-1865 - with eastern passage going straight through Delaware, on the road toward freedom in Pennsylvania.

Many private homes and buildings served as stations on the railroad. The exhibits listed here are either open access (i.e., parks) or facilities with regular hours and staff. 

For more information about Harriet Tubman and Delaware's Underground Railroad, please visit the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway website.


Tubman-Garrett Park, Market Street at the Christina River, Commemorates Harriet Tubman and UR Stationmaster Thomas Garrett. Historic interpretive panels on the UR and history of the Wilmington riverfront along a one-mile landscaped walkway.


Delaware History Museum, 505 N. Market Street 
UR school programs by reservation; "Distinctively Delaware" exhibit; UR traveling exhibit available for loan.

Wed-Fri, 11-4; Sat. 10-4; 302-655-7161; WWW.DEHISTORY.ORG

Historic New Castle

New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware Street 
Delaware Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs Exhibit "Emeline's Story" on the Hawkins Family escape.

Wed-Sat 10-3:30; 302-323-4453; WWW.HISTORY.DELAWARE.GOV/MUSEUMS


Corbit-Sharp House, corner Main and Second Streets
Historic Odessa Foundation School program (by reservation) and exhibit about a first-hand encounter with a freedom seeker. Also, access to Appoquinimink Friends Meeting.

Tues-Sat 10-4:30; Sun 1-4:30, 302-378-4119; WWW.HISTORICODESSA.ORG


Old State House Museum, 25 The Green
Delaware Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs
Exhibit on UR conductor, Samuel Burris.

Wed-Sat 9-4:30; 302-744-5055; WWW.HISTORY.DELAWARE.GOV/MUSEUMS

John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road
Delaware Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs
Plantation slavery and freedom-seeking are interpreted.

Wed-Sat 10-3:30; 302-739-3277; WWW.HISTORY.DELAWARE.GOV/MUSEUMS

For more information on Delaware's Underground Railroad please visit the DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.