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“Men Going Places & Building Things:” The Steamboat Glory Days of Little Choptank, Md.

If you visit the town of Choptank today, you'll encounter a quiet little town of 120 or so souls set on a glorious bit of waterfront scenery in Caroline County, Md. Located a few miles below Preston, Choptank stands a little way above where the Choptank River takes a big bend to the west at the mouth of Hunting Creek. It's a pleasant place for…
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Lower Eastern Shore Maryland: Ruins at Rehobeth

This is an excerpt from the coming-soon book, 181 Great Events on Delmarva, which includes more than 100 suggested side trips that are located nearby one of the featured events. Just three walls remain standing at Coventry Parish, which was built in the late 1780s. Those post-revolutionary years were tumultuous times in American religious history. The British Anglican Church that formerly ruled the roost in Maryland…
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Virginia Eastern Shore: The Birding Trail at Brownsville Preserve

This is an excerpt from the coming-soon book, 181 Great Events on Delmarva, which includes more than 100 suggested side trips that are located near an event featured in the book. For a span of 326 years, more than 100 acres outside of Nassawadox on Virginia’s lower Eastern Shore stayed in the hands of one family, the Upshurs. From a colonial-era wharf on Brownsville Creek, they…
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Upper Maryland Eastern Shore: Turner’s Creek Park

This is an excerpt from the coming-soon book, 181 Great Events on Delmarva, which includes more than 100 suggested side trips that are located nearby one of the featured events. The backroads of Kent County of Maryland's Upper Eastern Shore always make for scenic wandering. A little way east of the historic beach-resort town of Betterton is 147-acre Turner’s Creek Park and postcard-pretty Turner’s Creek…
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The Lighthouse that Lived Three Different Lives and is Still Going Strong

Many folks think of the Choptank River Lighthouse in Cambridge, Md. as a newish thing, and, in a way, they’re right about that. The replica was constructed seven short years ago, but the stories that beacon is built on go clear back to before the Civil War—in fact, you might say that this seven-year-old lighthouse is celebrating its 161st birthday this year. In the photo…
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SITES & STOPS: The Historic Pine Street Corridor in Cambridge, Maryland

    When working on Tubman Travels, my Secrets of the Eastern Shore guide to the sites and stories associated with the Underground Railroad era on the Delmarva Peninsula, I also kept a bunch of notes on other African American stories in Delaware and on the Eastern Shore. Eventually, I put those together into a PDF document that’s available as a free download to everyone…
August 16, 2018
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How This Little Backroads Chapel Evokes the Stories in Michener’s Famous Novel

Sweet scenes abound on the long ride out to Hoopers Island. The landscape of remote south Dorchester County—an area that the locals call “Down Below”—is a glorious run of marshlands, rivers, and farm fields. Along the way you will find a pair of churches in Golden Hill, Maryland that go by the name St. Mary Star of the Sea. They are hiding along a bend…
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SITES & STOPS: The Tilghman Watermen’s Museum

    The Tilghman Watermen’s Museum is chock full of interesting stories from days gone by, but one story in particular lingered in my mind after a recent visit. That was the story of the way the museum itself took shape, how one couple’s dreams of a peaceful retirement led them into a project full of new discoveries and fresh challenges. Mary and Hall Kellogg…