After sitting through the following enactments and talks from the various speakers, I checked out the Visitor Center. It drew me in with its interactive displays and informative exhibits. When I left I the Visitor Center and upon reflection I asked myself was it really worth the price? A resounding YES.
Here are some of the events that marked the occasion:
Re-enactor by Millicent Sparks did a fantastic job tracing Harriet's journey while engaging and answering questions from the audience. Her interpretation was spot on!
She was followed by Chris Elcock, Senior Associate at GWWO, Inc. He is part of the architectural team that designed the visitor center. He talked about the design and the landscape of the park. Very interesting.
There was a musical performance by the University of Maryland Easter Shore Concert Choir. They did an encore performance of the concert they performed for the Grand Opening of the Visitor Center. Very moving!
Dr. Kate Clifford Larson, the Visitor Center's historical consultant talked about the research she did for her book, Bound for the Promised Land: Portrait of an American Hero, which included new facts about Harriet.
Tony Cohen of the Menare Foundation engaged the audience with a simulated Underground Railroad journey. He shared his experience walking some of the paths that Harriet took in hiding and helping slaves escape.
This was a great experience and one that I think is definitely worth the trip to the Visitor Center. Here's the link for more information: https://www.nps.gov/hatu/planyourvisit/index.htm
Here are some photos: