Feeling Spirits from Long Ago in historic Cambridge, Maryland
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.
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.
Slave auction block on grounds of historic Dorchester County Courthouse, Cambridge, Maryland
Grounds of historic Dorchester County Courthouse, Cambridge, Maryland
Historic Dorchester County Courthouse, Cambridge, Maryland
Grounds of historic Dorchester County Courthouse, site of public executions and slave auction.