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Horseshoe Crab Apocalypse 1920s
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The Horseshoe Crab Apocalypse of the Late 1800s and Early 1900s

The horseshoe crab is one of our region's great natural wonders. Every year in late springtime, nature lovers descend on the beaches of Delaware Bay to see the strange ancient sea creatures waddle up onto the beaches of Delaware Bay in a spectacular spawning ritual. The animals didn't always get that sort of respect from humankind. What you see up top here are horseshoe crab…
Gold Mining Harbeson Hickman FEATURED PHOTO
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The Sussex County Man Who Made a Killing in the California Gold Rush without Looking for Gold

“Gold, boys, gold!” When that cry of joy rang out in Coloma, Calif. on Jan. 24, 1848, the response was … well … not much. Times were different. Consider: • California still belonged to Mexico on that day. The Mexican-American War was still winding down, and the Treaty of Guadalupe that would move California into the American column didn’t get signed until February. The guys…
Ash Wednesday Storm Delaware Featured Photo
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The Storm of ’62: “This Was ‘God’s Country’–Until Last Night”

Knowing what happened, it's hard not to shake your head upon finding the weather forecast for Mon., March 5, 1962: "Snow beginning this afternoon continuing tonight and accumulating 2-4 inches or more. High temperature this afternoon 34-40 and lows tonight 25-30. Tuesday cloudy early in the morning but partial clearing during the day with high 28-32. Outlook for Wednesday fair and cold." That Wednesday would…
Ash Wednesday Storm Aerial Featured Photo
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‘A Seagull’s Eye View:’ The Ash Wednesday Storm in Southern Delaware, 1962

"Delaware's multi-million dollar playground in Sussex County just isn't there anymore." That's how newspaper reporter William Frank summarized the scenes he saw while taking a ride in an Army helicopter to get a "seagull's eye view of the devastation" caused by the hellacious Ash Wednesday storm of March 1962. The Ash Wednesday storm arrived on March 6, 1962. If it were a normal nor'easter it…
Tubman Travels: Harriet's Escape
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“Underground Railroad Journeys” Talk by Jim Duffy in Frankford, Del. on Sat., Feb. 10

Author and storyteller Jim Duffy will share true-life tales of “Underground Railroad Journeys” during a presentation and discussion at the Frankford (Del.) Public Library at 11am on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. Duffy is the author of "Tubman Travels: 32 Underground Railroad Journeys on Delmarva" as well as four other books devoted to travel, history, and culture on the Delmarva Peninsula. He is a frequent guest…