Frederick Douglass Birthplace Photo Page
Aerial Photos Taken in April 1995
These are not the greatest quality. But they give you an idea of
what the terrain around the old Aaron Anthony farm, "Holme Hill", looks
like today. Each photo page includes the original photo, a photo
annotated with feature labels and a key, and an orientation map. The
orientation maps will show that our aircraft, which was piloted by our
neighbor, Mr. Bob Carmean of Ridgely, circled the site in a clockwise
direction, beginning north of the farm, while we took these photographs.
- (=) View of the farm from the north. Shows Lee's Mill Creek, "Kentucky", Muddy Bank, and Aunt Bettie's Lot (cabin site).
View of the Aaron Anthony farm from the northeast, above the mouth of
Lee's Mill Creek. Shows "Kentucky" ravine, Muddy Bank, Aunt Bettie's
Lot (cabin site), and Tapper's Corner.
View of the farm from the southeast, over the Tuckahoe River. Shows
Tapper's Corner, "Kentucky", and Aunt Bettie's Lot (cabin site).
- (=) View from the south, Tuckahoe River in the foreground.
Ground Photos Taken in March 1996
Thanks to Dan Manning, professional photographer in Ridgely, Md., for taking these photos for us.
- (=) "Aunt Bettie's Lot", probable site of Douglass's grandmother's cabin -- 20th century cedar tree in the background.
- (=) Kentucky Ravine, from which Douglass' family drew spring water.
- (=) Muddy Shore, where Douglass's grandmother, Betsy Bailey, seine-fished the Tuckahoe River.
Tapper's Corner, the junction of modern Md. Route 303 and Lewistown
Road. Douglass travelled to this spot in 1878, stopped to look over the
area, walked across the field to a place called "Aunt Bettie's Lot",
and found the cedar tree that marked the site of the cabin where he was
born and raised.
The historical marker, located on the Talbot County side of the Md.
Route 328 bridge over the Tuckahoe River, 6 miles from Tapper's Corner
and the true Frederick Douglass birthplace.
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