Delaware's Underground Railroad

      Anyone that has information, research material or anything to add to this exciting chapter in Delaware's history is encouraged to "e-mail me".

      The below sites are related to the URR or slave activity in Delaware. I've noted the below sites in categories based on my research and that of others. As time goes on I'll change the categories of each site as more information becomes available. There are three categories as follows:

  • Possibly       = Mentioned as a site
  • Probable      = Likely a site
  • Confirmed   = Strong evidence or documented confirmation

Delaware's Underground Railroad Sites
Name
Location
Dates
Significance
National
Register
Tours
Available
Thomas Garrett House
4th & Shipley,
Wilmington
(no longer standing)
?
Confirmed:
Garrett assisted Tubman in aiding runaways to escape.
No
No
Woodburn
Governor's House
( click here for link )
151 Kings Highway,
Dover
Built
ca. 1798
Possibly:
House reportedly contained tunnels that were used to aid escaping slaves.
Yes
Yes
Lockerman House
Delaware State
University,
Dover
Built
1742
Possibly:
Site associated with URR activity.
No
No
Cooper House
15 N. Main Street,
Camden
Built
1782
Probably:
Runaway Slaves
were hidden in
a room above
the kitchen
No
No
Longwood Farm
Near,
Camden
Built
1833
Confirmed:
Runaway Slaves were hidden in barn
No
No
Wildcat Manor
Near,
Lebanon
Built
ca. 1720s
Confirmed:
Slaves allowed refuges and transportation provided by boat
No
No
Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House
Main Street,
Odessa
Built
1785
Confirmed:
Slaves allowed refuge and shelter.
No
Yes
John Hunn House
Middletown
?
Confirmed:
Hunn was the most active figure in URR movement south of Wilmington.
No
No
Star Hill AME Church
Star Hill,
near Dover
Built
1863
Possibly:
Slaves reportedly stopped for rest and shelter.
No
Yes
Old Town Hall
512 Market St.,
Wilmington
Built
1798
Possibly:
Used for abolitionist meetings.
Yes
Yes
Peter Lowbar House
Frederica
Built
1750
Probably:
Linked to URR in smuggling runaway slaves.
No
No
Peter Spencer Plaza
800 North French
Wilmington
?
Confirmed:
Memorial & Burial Site of Rev. Peter Spencer (escaped from slavery in Md.; founder of first African American Church in Wilmington) Church was haven for runaway slaves.
No
No
Wilmington Friends Meeting House/Cem.
4th & West Streets
Wilmington
?
Confirmed:
Thomas Garrett, Stationmaster of the URR, attended meeting house & is interred here.
Yes
No
Camden Friends Meeting House/Cem.
Camden
1805
Confirmed:
John Hunn, Chief Engineer of Southern Delaware interred here.
No
No
Corbit-Sharp House
Main Street,
Odessa
Built
1774
Probable:
Slaves hidden in cabinets on the third floor and possible in cellar.
Yes
Yes
Daniel Corbit's Clearfield Farm
Smyrna
1755
Confirmed:
Shelter and rest provided for escaping slaves.
No
No
Slave Dwelling
Seaford
?
Only extant slave dwelling in Delaware. On estate of Gov. William H. Ross (1851-1855)
No
No
Link of Triangle trade route
Smyrna
?
Sugar, molasses and slave trade route.
No
No
Brick Store Landing
Northern Bank of Duck Creek, Smyrna
?
Probable:
Oral tradition holds that landing was depot for kidnapped free negroes being sold in south.
No
No
Thomas England House
Route 13, Smyrna
?
Possible:
Oral tradition holds that it was.
No
No

      

Email any questions or comments to:
Russ Pickett

Last update: 7/19/2008