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Haunted & Historic Cambridge, Maryland

Feeling Spirits from Long Ago in historic Cambridge, Maryland

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Historic Cambridge, Maryland is located in Dorchester County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Situated on the mighty Choptank River, Cambridge was originally inhabited by the Choptank Native American tribe. In 1684, wealthy European landowners moved in and built tobacco plantations.  This created tension and violence with the Choptank Native American tribe who were ultimately displaced. The plantation owners imported slaves from Africa to work the plantations until 1864 when Maryland end slavery.

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Site of slave auctions

In Cambridge you can still find reminders of the slave trade. Slave auctions took place outside the Dorchester County Courthouse. At the top of the hill, under a large tree I discovered a portion of the original slave block. Slaves would’ve stood on the top of the hill while being auctioned off to buyers below. This same area was also used for public executions. While visiting here I could feel the angst and tension as I explored the area. There are still a lot of souls at unrest here.

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Slave auction block on grounds of historic Dorchester County Courthouse, Cambridge, Maryland

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Grounds of historic Dorchester County Courthouse, Cambridge, Maryland

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Historic Dorchester County Courthouse, Cambridge, Maryland

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Grounds of historic Dorchester County Courthouse, site of public executions and slave auction.

150th Anniversary of the Ending of Civil War at Appomattox Court House, VA

Appomattox Court House
Appomattox Court House

150 years ago on April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia ending the Civil War.

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Appomattox Court House
Last battle for the end of the war at Saylors Creek, VA
Last battle at Saylors Creek, VA
Appomattox, VA countryside
Appomattox, VA countryside
Confederate Graveyard at Appomattox, VA
Confederate Graveyard at Appomattox, VA

To view and purchase photos of Appomattox, VA click here: www.HauntedTraveler.com

For more information on the 150th anniversary events visit these links:

http://www.nps.gov/apco/150th-anniversary-of-appomattox-court-house.htm

http://appomattoxcountyva.gov/visitors/civil-war-150th

http://www.historicappomattox.com/events.php