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Underground Railroad, Civil War & Reconstruction in Caroline County, MD

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Wharves of Choptank Visitor & Heritage Center

3 Crouse Park Lane

Denton, MD 21629

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Learn about the lost history of the Underground Railroad, Civil War & Reconstruction in Caroline County on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

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You may have heard Harriet Tubman made it to Hollywood but you haven’t heard about the lost history of Maryland’s Eastern Shore remaining on the river edges, creek shores, cemeteries, churches, public squares and street corners of towns and communities founded before this country.

Learn the stories beyond Tubman and Dr. Frederick (Bailey) Douglass with a discussion of the lost Shore history of the establishment and growth of Black Methodism, development of the Underground Railroad, President Abraham Lincoln’s heavy hand, formation of the 7th United States Colored Infantry Regiment and administration of the Freedmen’s Bureau.

Walking tour will cover individuals and institutions from the Choptanks, Shadrach Bassett, Frederick (Bailey) Douglass, Harriet Ross Tubman Davis, Patty Cannon, Moses Viney, Alexander Walker Wayman, Perry Bailey, Anna Murray Douglass, Stephen Bailey and family, William Burney, George Alfred Townsend, Henry Augustus Monroe, Dennis F. Groce to the Denton Steamboat Wharf, Caroline County Courthouse, Bailey-Wayman School, Union Bethel AME Church and abandoned railroad tracks, real and ephemeral, of the Delmarva.

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Tour Start: Wharves of Choptank Visitor and Heritage Center

Tour End: Nich’s Coffee Shop

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John Muller is the author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia (The History Press, 2012) and Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of A Capital Correspondent (The History Press, 2013) and is currently at work on A Guide to the Lost History of Frederick (Bailey) Douglass on the Eastern Shore with an anticipated publication date of late 2020 / early 2021.

Muller has lectured widely throughout the Washington, DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas, as well as throughout the state of Maryland and the Eastern Shore at venues including the Library of Congress, Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Branch, DC Public Library, Talbot County Free Library, Dorchester County Historical Society, Harriet Tubman Museum and Education Center, Charles H. Chipman Cultural Center, Newseum, Mark Twain House and Museum, Politics and Prose Bookstore, American Library in Paris, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, American University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Frostburg State University, Howard University, Marymount University, Washington County Free Library, Susan B. Anthony House and Museum, Queen Anne’s County Free Library and the Caroline County Public Library in Denton in February 2019, among several other locations and institutions.

Muller has been interviewed and/or profiled in online and print media sources including the Washington Post, Politico, Washington Times, Washington Informer, Washington City Paper, Hill Rag, Roll Call, Georgetowner, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Governing Magazine, Civil War News among other publications.

Muller's presentations and interviews have been featured on C-SPAN’s BookTV, C-SPAN’s American History TV, WDVM (Hagerstown) and NBC4 (Washington) and the airwaves of WPFW (Washington), WAMU (Washington), WYPR (Baltimore) and Delmarva Public Radio.

For the past seven years Muller has led historic neighborhood-based walking tours of the Historic Old Anacostia in Washington, D.C. for private groups, as well in partnership with the National Park Service, DC Preservation League, Sidwell Friends, DC Humanities, Atlas Obscura, Politics & Prose Bookstore, Cultural Tourism DC, Smithsonian Associates, Montgomery College as well as other membership and educational groups.

Over the past year and a half Muller has presented historical lectures throughout the Eastern Shore, as well as led walking tours. These lectures and events have been featured over the past year and a half in the Star Democrat, Times-Record, Bay Times, Salisbury Independent, Caroline Circle, Attractions and Dorchester Star.

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Wharves of Choptank Visitor & Heritage Center

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Denton, MD 21629

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