Preston, Maryland

Serving as a focal point for the Underground Railroad during the 1840s and 1850s, at least three stations operated from here including one run by Harriet Tubman’s parents. Preston was the county’s first small town to completely pave its sidewalks with concrete, install a sewer system (circa 1914), and provide electric streetlights (before 1910). Preston continues to have a lively business community with shopping, antiques, dining and ice cream. Just outside town, the Linchester Mill complex presents stories of the area’s rich and diverse heritage.

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