C&G Partners created the interpretive plan, exhibit design and signage design for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Scenic Byway. This project combines cultural, natural and historic narratives along a scenic automobile route on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The client stakeholder group for this project includes the State of Maryland, Maryland Tourism, Dorchester County Tourism, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, local descendants of the Tubman family, architects and landscape designers for a new regional State Park in the area, and Maryland State Parks.
The firm has extensively researched scenic byways, highway interpretive signs, and new technologies. In particular, we have begun studying low-wattage localized FM radio transmission, so that visitors who cannot leave their cars due to weather or disability can listen to audio stories that are memorable and evocative. The same small transmitter, incorporated into a wayside, can also have a small audio speaker triggered by a motion detector, for visitors who are hiking or biking on the automobile route.