‘Freedom’ Wine sales double in past six months as perpetual fundraiser gains steam

Submitted to the Dorchester Banner/Tubman Visitor Center
Jennifer Layton, left, presented a check for $4,175 to Ranger Mary Dennard-Turner and Park Manager Dana Paterra. Ms. Layton is general manager of Layton’s Chance Winery & Vineyard.

VIENNA — Friends of Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center received the third donation from Layton’s Chance Vineyard & Winery’s ongoing fundraising efforts. The donation of $4,175, made in honor of Harriet Tubman Day (March 10) brought the total amount donated by the winery to more than $11,000 in the last two years.

“Layton’s Chance is one of the first corporate sponsors to join us at the center, and we are grateful for their ongoing commitment of support through the sale of ‘Freedom’ wine,” said Dana Paterra, park manager of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center. “Their partnership helps us continue to expand our programs and support our mission.”

Layton’s launched Freedom wine in 2017. It is a romantic and refreshing blend of Catawba and Chambourcin grapes, with a berry essence and a sweet finish, and has become a favorite of visitors to the winery. With each bottle purchased, five dollars is donated to the Visitor Center. This month’s donation, which is nearly double the previous one, represents the proceeds from the sale of 835 bottles in just six months, an average of about 140 bottles per month.

“We are thrilled that guests have embraced Freedom and the partnership behind it,” said Jennifer Layton, CEO of Layton’s Chance. “Dorchester County is rich in history and tradition, including winemaking, and Freedom reminds people to come and enjoy all we have to offer.”

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center is both a welcome center and history museum located on the grounds of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park in Church Creek. Surrounded by the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, the park is jointly managed by the National Park Service and the Maryland Park Service.

Friends of Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center is an independent nonprofit partner. The organization’s mission is to raise awareness and appreciation of the park while providing education and interpretive resources to enhance visitor experiences.

To purchase Freedom, visit www.laytonschance.com or call 410-228-1205.

Layton’s Chance Vineyard & Winery is family owned and operated in Vienna, on third-generation owned Eastern Shore farmland. Fourteen acres of grapes go into the 18 wines that are crafted on-site and bottled in Maryland.

Layton’s Chance is a Certified Good Land Steward, in partnership with the USDA. The winery features a tasting room that is open daily, as well as weekend tours, walking trails, special events, and play and picnic areas. Private event hosting is also available. Learn more at www.laytonschance.com.

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