When you enter the Arboretum’s main entrance, you will see along the drive a large sign panel displaying a traditional quilt pattern—the pine tree. In the 19th century, the timbering industry dominated the economic wealth of the Eastern Shore. Slaves, including Harriet Tubman and her family, worked in various aspects of the trade. The timber produced by local mills supported the Chesapeake shipbuilding industry.
The Byway Quilt Trail, a public art project, includes 16 quilt block replicas. It is being installed on or near structures along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway in Caroline County in honor of the centennial celebration of Harriet Tubman.
At Adkins Arboretum, the story of nature and the Underground Railroad is told through a 12-stop audio tour that is free with Arboretum admission.
The Trail is a collaborative public art project supported by the Caroline County Council of Arts, the Caroline County Office of Tourism, and the Maryland State Arts Council.
by Ellie Altman