From the BooksRoad Trips

FREE PREVIEW: ‘Notoriously Scandalous’ at the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry

One of the adventures in my second collection of Eastern Shore Road Trips: One-Day Adventures on Delmarva is the "Five Ferries Tour," which will have you (and your car) making five different river and bay crossings aboard history-laden routes. If all goes according to plan, the new book will be out in early summer of 2019. The excerpt below covers one of those crossings, at…
Tubman TravelsWay Back Machine

Emancipation in Oxford: Joining the United States Colored Troops

Click on the image for more information about the book and where it's available. In this free excerpt from the book Tubman Travels: 32 Underground Railroad Journeys on Delmarva, a visit to Oxford, Maryland puts travelers in touch with stories about the slave trade there and the way some men found a way to freedom for them and their families by signing on to serve…
The Newsroom

Secrets of the Eastern Shore Featured on WMDT-TV Story About St. Michaels, “The Town That Fooled the British”

Secrets of the Eastern Shore co-founder Jim Duffy was featured recently in a news story on WMDT-TV Channel 47 News in Salisbury, Md. Reporter Erica Murphy visited St. Michaels, Md. to explore the mix of fact and legend behind the story of how St. Michaels became "The Town That Fooled the British" after a battle during the War of 1812. Duffy is the author of…
CharactersQuote of the DayWay Back Machine

WORDS OF DELMARVA WISDOM: “What may be the manhood and history [ahead for] a plain boy in rural life?”

John Fletcher Hurst Think about this question the next time you pass by a couple of kids working the water’s edge with fishing poles or crab nets. Such scenes remain quite common along the backroads of Delmarva, of course, just as they were when John Fletcher Hurst was growing up in Dorchester County, Maryland in the 1840s. Despite suffering from occasional debilitating bouts of asthma,…
Good Times & Fun EventsMonth of Fundays Newsletter

MONTH OF FUNDAYS: Fun Events & Cool Happenings in March 2019

The March 2019 edition of the MONTH OF FUNDAYS newsletter connects you with lots of great events coming up on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware. We are talking chocolate strolls, St. Patrick's Day, decoy traditions, lighthouse lore, muskrat dinners, and much more. Click here to see the March 2019 issue. Here’s hoping it inspires you to get out & go! Thank you for reading!…
The Newsroom

Author Jim Duffy Shares “Underground Railroad Journeys” in Bridgeville, Delaware on Tue., April 2

Award-winning writer and storyteller Jim Duffy will share keystone stories, surprising finds, and life lessons learned from his work on the book, Tubman Travels: 32 Underground Railroad Journeys on Delmarva in a presentation at the Bridgeville, Delaware Public Library at 6pm on Tuesday, April 2. The talk will touch on a number of heroes of the Underground Railroad here on the Delmarva Peninsula, including Harriet Tubman and…
Way Back Machine

When a Bunch of Birds Lost their Minds and Attacked Hog Island Light in 1900

The scene that unfolded on a February night back in the year 1900 on Hog Island, Va. was straight out of the Alfred Hitchcock horror classic “The Birds.” A flurry of unusual avian activity was in the air along the Atlantic Flyway in those weeks. A long and unseasonable stretch of warm weather had set a whole bunch of birds off on their northward spring…