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The Lighthouse Tour: Six Beacons of History on the Eastern Shore and in Southern Delaware

  Something in the sight of an old lighthouse makes many people go weak at the knees. The stately and iconic old beacons evoke wistful, romantic feelings tied to the beauty of waterfront vistas, the stately masts of old-time boats, the rugged lifestyle of keepers and their families—all mixed in with a touch of the danger, with legends of storms and shipwrecks also coming to mind. This…
Way Back Machine

How a Big Hurricane on Aug. 22, 1933 Created the Ocean City We Know Today

This excerpt from Eastern Shore Road Trips #1: 27 One-Day Adventures on Delmarva is from a chapter spent wandering the boardwalk in Ocean City, Md. Ocean City dates its history back to 1875, but the resort town we know today really didn’t take shape until Aug. 22, 1933. That’s when a hellacious storm tore a hole through town and altered the course of its future forever. Nobody…
DestinationsNatural WondersWay Back Machine

Why is the Town Played by Berlin in the Movie “Runaway Bride” Called Hale?

    Welcome to Hale Sign Since the subject at hand is peaches, we might as well start with the bit of "Runaway Bride" trivia highlighted in the headline here. The name Hale, you see, is actually a sly tribute to a tasty little slice of Eastern Shore history. Released in 1999 and starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, “Runaway Bride” was filmed in Berlin. Berlin, in turn, was…
CharactersNatural Wonders

Who could mistake a manatee for a mermaid? Capt. John Smith, for one.

    On July 12, 2015, there was a confirmed manatee sighting in the coastal waters off of Ocean City. That was the first such sighting in nine years, according to experts at the National Aquarium. Manatee sightings in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay are more frequent, usually coming in at the rate of one every year. These cuddly-looking mammals have been compared by some…
Good Times & Fun Events

Fireworks & More: Fourth of July Festivities on the Delmarva Peninsula 2019

Happy Independence Day! Below here is your handy-dandy Secrets of the Eastern Shore roundup of some of the best festivities coming up around the Fourth of July holiday. Above here is a shot of the fireworks as seen from the waterfront in Cambridge by Jill Jasuta Photography. TUESDAY, JULY 2 • Queen Annes County fireworks in Chester, Md. Details. WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 • The fun…
Good Times & Fun EventsMiscellany

The Tunes of June

Is this the Shore's most musical month? Two high-flying national music festivals, Firefly for rock and Big Barrel for country. Two classical festivals bringing in acts from around the country. Plus, great blues and roots bookings at various festivals and bars. Here are some highlights: • Bluegrass and beer are the featured attractions at the new Brewgrass Festival in Milford on Sun., June 14. Details. • The…
DestinationsWay Back Machine

Time Capsule: This Old Grocery Store Has 80-Plus Years of Stories to Tell

Most folks nowadays get to experience old-time general stores only through the magic of books and movies. But if you venture off of Route 50 and head into the heart of Cambridge, you can still get a taste of the real thing. Simmons Center Market has been around for more than 80 years now. The store’s name honors the memory of the late James “Jimmy”…
Way Back Machine

The Crazy Fun Day When Danny “Killer” Marsh Went After a New World Record

    These images are blurry because they're from a grainy 35-year-old video, but that video just so happens to be the greatest Eastern Shore footage I have ever seen. One commenter on the YouTube link posted below says: “This is the best thing I’ve ever found on the internet." Another: “Greatest YouTube video ever." They are not exaggerating. The year was 1980. The place was Cambridge. Gas station…