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Our 10 Most Popular Delmarva Stories of 2018

Here are the 10 most popular Delmarva stories of 2018, as judged by the number of unique page views on the Secrets of the Eastern Shore website over the course of the year. • A Monument to Man's Stupidity at the Hooper's Island Bridge. • How a Big Hurricane in 1933 Created the Ocean City We Know Today. • The Ghost Ships of Kiptopeke. •…
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Christmas Classics: The Biggest Holiday Light & Decor Displays, 2018

    Eastern Shore Christmas Cards: Click the image to check them out! These six displays of holiday lights & decor for the Christmas season rank as the biggest and best in (and nearby) the Delmarva region. Winterfest of Lights Through Dec. 31 in Ocean City, Md. More than one million holiday lights on 58 acres filled with hundreds of animated light displays at Northside…
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Christmas Performances, 2018: Song, Dance, Theater, & Film

    There are lots of Christmas performances coming up on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware. Here are fortysome music shows, theatrical productions, dance performances, and film screenings. SONG & DANCE • Nov. 30-Dec. 1: The Chester River Chorale presents a Chester River Christmas in Chestertown, Md. • Nov. 30-Dec. 1: A Holiday Cabaret (with lots of sing-a-longs) will take place at the Everett Theatre…
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QUOTE OF THE DAY, 1922: “Mainland folk have been prone to think their kinsmen on the islands of the Eastern Shore a bit barbaric …”

In 1922, Edward Noble Vallandigham wrote a book full of interesting essays about the towns, churches, and people of the Delmarva peninsula. Delaware and the Eastern Shore has a great subtitle: Some Aspects of a Peninsula Pleasant and Well Beloved. Here, Vallandigham gives his views about the people who inhabit the remote islands of the Eastern Shore.   Surnames are so few on some of the…
September 23, 2018
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TUBMAN TRAVELS: Sailing a Steamboat South to Freedom

This story of the Tilly escape is a free excerpt from the Secrets of the Eastern Shore guidebook, Tubman Travels: 32 Underground Railroad Journeys on Delmarva.  More information about the book, including where to buy it in stores and online, is available here. BIG PICTURE: Tricks of the Trade Back during the Ottoman Empire, a German military commander named Helmuth von Moltke came up with…
July 16, 2018
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QUOTE OF THE DAY, 1907: Those Newfangled Skipjacks “Are as Cheap as Anything in the Form of a Boat Could Be.”

    Back in 1907, the Baltimore Sun published an essay lamenting the disappearance of an old sailing vessel called the pungy from the Chesapeake Bay sailing fleet. The business of oystering was in transition in those years, and the pungy was a bad fit for the new way of doing things. With the infamous Oyster Wars well under way, watermen were looking for vessels…
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Quote of the Day: A Shocking Discovery on the Dunes of Fenwick Island, c. 1900

Ruth Watson Lewis grew up in a family that made a special trip every year to a religious "camp meeting" on the Delaware Beach. The reminiscence that follows about going to the Fenwick Island camp meeting as a young girl comes from the book, Barefoot in Fenwick Island: Life on the Isle in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Be sure to stay tuned to the…
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Snow Hill/Wilmington Character of the Day: Hall of Famer Judy Johnson

    Clutch: That’s the word that pops up when baseball people talk about how Judy Johnson earned his place among the game’s all-time greats. Johnson wasn’t particularly strong, or fast, or powerful. He stood less than 6 feet tall and weighed less than 150 pounds. There was nothing flashy about his style. But "no one would drive in as many clutch runs as he…
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A Frederica Story: From Ladies Undergarments to Man on the Moon

Sometimes the stories Delmarva has to tell are hiding in plain sight. Consider, for example, the generic-looking, aluminum-clad buildings that make up the ILC Dover complex along Carpenter Bridge Road on the outskirts of Frederica, Del. Passersby could be forgiven for assuming this was just another warehouse or widget maker. The postal address contains a clue that something else is afoot: 1 Moonwalker Road. An…