Jacob Jackson Home Site

This video is the seventh in a series of cultural landscape videos produced by the National Park Service (NPS) Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation (OCLP).  The video is made possible by financial support from the NPS National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) and through the efforts of digital media production intern Vanessa Hartsuiker, whose internship with the Olmsted Center was supported in partnership with the National Council for Preservation Education.

To view more videos in the series click here.


The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park is a new park located in Dorchester County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Through a cultural landscape report for the Jacob Jackson home site, the Olmstead Center for Landscape Preservation is uncovering the history of this important place and helping to plan for its future.

Original carte-de-vista photograph of Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

Diane Miller: The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument was created in 2013 by a presidential proclamation by President Barack Obama, and then in 2014 legislation was passed by Congress creating the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park.

Kate Clifford Larson: Harriet Tubman, of course, was the greatest Underground Railroad agent of all time, from Dorchester County Maryland, and Jacob Jackson was her friend and her contact who helped her notify her brothers that she was ready to come and rescue them at Christmas in 1854.

Deanna Mitchell: The Underground Railroad was a network of resources for individuals to gain freedom from slavery here in the Eastern Shore of Maryland. It was a very a sophisticated network that ran through a number of states literally all the way into Canada.

Jennifer Hanna: There are many different types of documents that we can use to tell the story of the Jacob Jackson home site.  This story is primarily about the experience of African Americans in the first half of the 19th century.

Bill Jarmon: We still have the landscape that has been virtually untouched by what I call an influx of individuals who want to build up the place.  All of that was stopped by [the US] Fish and Wildlife [Service].  I guess you could say the farmers who live in this area, they did not want the atmosphere to change or the environment. I became a part of it because I was doing tours and I realized how important it was.

Expansive view across the wetland landscape with a few trees in the middle ground

View of the Harriet Tubman National Historical Site landscape

Deanna Mitchell: Providing people an opportunity to visit and take part in activities and experience this Historical Park means a lot to me. That’s why I wear this uniform.

Kate Clifford Larson: Harriet Tubman is an American Hero and she is a freedom fighter that we need to celebrate, we do celebrate, and by celebrating her on the landscapes that enslaved her and liberated her is an amazing way to acknowledge not only a painful American history but also triumphant American history.



Diane Miller is the program manager of the of the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom

Kate Clifford Larson is the author of Bound for the Promised Land, Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero (2003)

Deanna Mitchell is the superintendent of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park

Jennifer Hanna is the author of the Cultural Landscape Report for the Jacob Jackson Home Site of Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation

Bill Jarmon is an historian at the Harriet Tubman Museum and Education Center

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