Conceived as a series of abstracted forms that can be interpreted in many ways—from the farmstead vernacular to stations along the Underground Railroad—this new 15,000-SF visitor center is intended to immerse visitors in the story of Tubman’s life, taking them on a journey from her childhood through to her efforts associated with Underground Railroad resistance movement.
The story-telling begins when visitors turn onto a new access road and immediately get a sense of the place and the landscape. An inviting and clear entry sequence draws them to the building. Views out from inside give visitors an on-going visual connection to the environment, while the orientation film experience prepares them for the rest of the interior exhibits. Upon exiting the center, a memorial garden beckons visitors to reflection and tribute.
“Groundbreaking for visitor center…” – by Gail Dean, The Star Democrat, March 11, 2013
“Harriet Tubman park to be on Maryland land she worked as a slave” – by Lacey Johnson, Reuters.com, March 9, 2013
- Exhibits, orientation theater, offices and park administration spaces
- Memorial garden, picnic pavilions, drinking well and information kiosks
- Designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification