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March 6, 2023: Jim Duffy to Spin Tales of “Delmarva’s Great Dames” in St. Michaels, Md.

Author and storyteller Jim Duffy of Secrets of the Eastern Shore will share tales of “Delmarva’s Great Dames” in a Lunch and Learn talk and discussion on Mon., March 6 at the Talbot County Free Library branch in St. Michaels, Md. The event begins at noon. A Cambridge resident, Duffy is an award-winning writer and the author of five books, including two collections of Eastern…
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The St. Michaels Seafood Packing Plant that Helped Blue Crabs Rise To a Whole New Level in the Early 1900s

The next time you’re at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., take a few moments to remember that you’re walking in the entrepreneurial footsteps of William H.T. Coulbourne and Frederick Jewett. It’ll be easy—the gift shop is where the Coulbourne family lived for many years, and the Coulbourne & Jewett seafood-packing plant stood at the heart of the museum’s campus, on Navy…
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St. Michaels Character of the Day: The Crazy Life of James Michener, Millionaire & Cheapskate

This is an excerpt from Eastern Shore Road Trips #2: 26 MORE One-Day Adventures on Delmarva. At the end of each trip in the book, there is a postscript section that tells a bit of historical or natural lore attached to the trip. This is at the end of the chapter about visiting St. Michaels, Md. By the time Chesapeake was published in June of…
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“Underground Railroad Journeys” Talk in St. Michaels, Md. on Monday, Feb. 3

Author and storyteller Jim Duffy of Secrets of the Eastern Shore will tell true-life tales about “Underground Railroad Journeys on Delmarva” in a presentation and discussion at the St. Michaels (Md.) Public Library on Monday, Feb. 3. The presentation is based on Duffy’s book, Tubman Travels: 32 Underground Railroad Journeys on Delmarva. Part of the Lunch & Learn series, the event begins at noon in the…
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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…
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TUBMAN TRAVELS: Young Frederick Douglass in the Fight of His Life

This is an excerpt from Tubman Travels: 32 Underground Railroad Journeys on Delmarva. More info about the book is here. Standing in downtown St. Michaels today, with its tourist-friendly bevy of upscale shops and interesting eateries, it’s not easy to imagine the sort of place this town was when Frederick Douglass arrived from Baltimore in the early 1830s. Still known as Fred Bailey then, he…
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: How Royal Oak Became the “Healthiest Place in America”

    The writer Dickson J. Preston got to the bottom of this burning question when he put together a brief portrait of the boom times that came to Royal Oak  during the latter part of the 1800s. This is from Preston's book Talbot County: A History, which was published back in 1983. Royal Oak, an ancient community, gained momentum when the steamboats and railroads began bringing…
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The Secrets Christmas Agenda 2016!

We are going to be busy little elves this holiday season! On top of filling customer orders for Eastern Shore-themed greeting cards and photo prints available here on our website, there is all of this coming up: • SIGNING #1: On Black Friday, Nov. 25, Secrets founder Jim Duffy will be at Sundial Books in Chincoteague, signing copies of the new Secrets guidebook, "Eastern Shore Road…