Historical Park in honor of Harriet Tubman

Tomi Stojanovic
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She was a humanitarian, an abolitionist, and an activist, who risked her life to help others. Also known as the “Moses of her people,” Harriet Tubman is a hero for many generations. With her selfless deeds, she helped many people and rescued many lives.

Risking her own freedom, she made several trips to the South, to help others on the “Underground Railroad.” For almost a decade Harriet Tubman led many enslaved African-Americans into the free states and Canada.


“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman

After the Civil War, Harriet settled in Auburn, New York. She lived there for the last 48 years of her life. Over there, she managed to create a home for her family and to make big contributions to her community. She cared for the those in need, helped to build a church, and even made contributions to the fight for human rights.


In January, in honor of the great Harriet Tubman, the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park was established in Auburn, New York. The park aims to preserve Harriets home and to celebrate the life of this incredible woman.


Places to visit

The park is not just a simple park with greenery; it is much more than that. The Harriet Tubman National Historical Park is full of places that you can visit and explore.


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The best way to experience it is just to walk around and visit every building. The list of places to visit is long, and it goes something like this:

  • Harriet Tubman Residence
    Located on 180 South Street, this is the house that Harriet build for herself and her family, on a seven-acre property. For visitors, the residence is visible only from the outside.
  • Thompson Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
    On 49 Parker Street, you can see the church that Harriet Tubman raised money for. She attended service for 20 years in it, and her funeral was held there, in 1913.
  • Tubman Home for the Aged
    Right next to her home, Harriet established the first institution that took care of elderly African Americans. You can visit the property with a guided tour.
  • Seward House Museum
    Located on 33 South Street, this building is the home of Frances and William Seward. They were the ones who invited Harriet to live in Auburn, back in 1859.
  • Fort Hill Cemetery
    On 19 Fort Street, you can pay a visit to the historic cemetery, where Tubman was buried, along with many notable people.
  • South Street Historic District
    The district begins at 33 South Street, and it features many structures and historic homes, including the Tubman and Seward houses.
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Apart from the Historical Park, you can pay a visit to other nearby sites related to the life of Harriet Tubman, like:

  • Sailwinds Visitor Center in Cambridge, Maryland
  • Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Scenic Byway
  • Harriet Tubman Museum in Cambridge, Maryland

For more information, visit the official website of the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park


Camping and Lodging

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If you ever go and visit the Park, we recommend you to stay for a couple of days in the area. With the beautiful landscapes and the greenery all around, you will have a great and relaxed time there.

Being near the Owasco Lake, as part of the Finger Lakes, allows you to engage in many outdoor activities. From paddling and swimming to hiking and camping in the Finger Lakes National Forest.
There you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty and wonders of nature. The area is full of parks, forests, water structures, and other magnificent outdoor places.


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It’s easy to find a place to stay in one of the many camp grounds or lodging in the area, like:

  • Camp Columbus, Owasco Lake
  • Lourdes Camp, Skaneateles Lake
  • Twin Oaks Campground, Cayuga Lake
  • Blueberry Patch Campground, Finger Lakes National Forest
  • Sampson State Park, Finger Lakes

And many others.

Make sure you watch the video bellow to learn more about the life and work of Harriet Tubman.

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tomi-stojanovik is one of the authors writing for Outdoor Revival