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Storm Clouds over the Choptank River Lighthouse on Maryland's Eastern Shore
Road Trips

BUCKET LIST: Take a Lighthouse Cruise

There is a chapter in my book, Eastern Shore Road Trips, that is all about visiting lighthouses on the Eastern Shore and in Southern Delaware. Running from Turkey Point Light up in Elk Neck State Park to Assateague Light down in Chincoteague, that trip really is a road trip, covering beacons that are accessible by land. There are lots of other lighthouses out there, of course,…
Feed Bay Dresses in the Poultry Industry on the Eastern Shore and Delmarva
Quote of the Day

QUOTE OF THE DAY: How “Women’s Work” Launched a Feed Sack Fashions Phenomenon

In its fledgling early years on the Delmarva peninsula, the poultry industry consisted largely of small family farms where folks were trying to raise some chickens on the side. As often as not, the hard work involved in running this side business fell to the woman of the house. This description of that state of affairs is from Delmarva’s Chicken Industry: 75 Years of Progress,…
J.M. Clayton's in the Snow, Eastern Shore of Maryland
Miscellany

Christmas in July

It's hot out there, so why not order Christmas cards? In honor of our heat wave, I have decided to throw in a free gift on any order of 10 or more Christmas cards. The cards cost $4 apiece, but they are only $3 apiece when you get a box of 10 and $2.50 apiece when you get a box of 20. Here they are: Click the image…
Cape Charles Light off of the Eastern Shore of Virginia
Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day: The Terrible Scourge That Halted Work on the Cape Charles Lighthouse, 1895

There is a second Smith Island off of the Eastern Shore, with the lesser-known one shown here located all the way down by the mouth of the Bay. It's home to the Cape Charles Lighthouse, which is pretty as can be but just about impossible to go visit. Between the shifting sandbars and the tricky tides, the landing on uninhabited Smith Island is supposedly a…
Moonshine in Greenbackville and Franklin City
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: A Moonshine Moment in Greenbackville

    The book “Voices of the Chincoteague” is built around oral-history memories of folks whose families lived in Greenbackville and Franklin City during boomtimes for those towns back in the day. Franklin City is gone now. Greenbackville is still there, right on on the Chincoteague Bay at the Maryland/Virginia line. When Prohibition became law, most of the women of the community applauded. On the other…
Eastern Shore Quote of the Day: The Milkman
Quote of the Day

QUOTE OF THE DAY: The Cape Charles Milkman Remembers-“That Horse’s Name Was Frank”

    History lovers in Cape Charles, Virginia rounded up some grant money a few years back and conducted oral history interviews with some older residents there. Here is David Mitchell, remembering his days of delivering milk aboard a horse-drawn carriage through Cape Charles. At an early age my Uncle Jesse had me working. He used to do a little gardening and he would sell butter beans…
Music and Theater on the Eastern Shore: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Salisbury
Good Times & Fun Events

Setting the Stage: Music & Theater on the Eastern Shore in February 2016

  Lots of interesting music and theater coming up on the Eastern Shore in February. Here are some highlights I rounded up for you. THEATER • On Feb. 6, the John Bell House in Dover has a theatrical presentation about the life of Delaware writer and civil rights activist Alice Dunbar Nelson. It's called "Mine Eyes Have Seen." • Also on Feb. 6 at the Dorchester…
Eastern Shore Secrets: Opening Day for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on the Eastern Shore of Maryland
Miscellany

The Eastern Shore Secrets that Everyone Loved in 2015

  When I launched the Secrets of the Eastern Shore website in spring of 2015, it was with fingers crossed and uncertain expectations. I never in a gazillion years imaged that more than 100,000 people would visit before the year was out. Here are the half dozen stories that drew the biggest and most viral audiences along the way--the Most Popular Eastern Shore Secrets of 2015, if you will…
Downrigging Festival in Chestertown on Maryland's Eastern Shore
Good Times & Fun Events

16 Delmarva Events to Get on Your 2016 Radar Right Now

  If you're anything like me, the batch of resolutions you make for each new year always includes getting out and about more often on the Eastern Shore and in Southern Delaware. So get your calendar out--here come 16 Delmarva Events to look out for in 2016 First, one bit of fair warning. Official 2016 dates have not been formally announced for some of these events. You…
Good Times & Fun Events

2016 New Years Weekend: Muskrat Drops, Magic Shows, 1st Day Hikes, and More

  When it comes to time to greet the New Year, I am in a mixed marriage. Jill Jasuta Photography is an out-on-the-town gal. I am a stay-at-home guy. It's my turn this year, so the only thing I will see dropping when 2016 arrives is my head on the pillow. That said, don't let me spoil your fun! Here is your handy dandy 2016 New Years Weekend Guide…