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The Spookiest of Swamps: Pocomoke River State Park in Days Gone By

This is a free excerpt from my book, Eastern Shore Road Trips #2: 26 MORE One-Day Adventures on Delmarva. The chapter involved has lots more on the road-tripping agenda, including visits to the town of Snow Hill and the Furnace Town Historic Site. More info about this and my other books exploring the history, travel, and culture on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware here.…
September 21, 2022
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Jake the Alligator: Berlin Gets a Toothy, Six-Foot-Four Mascot, circa 1900

This is a free excerpt from my book, You Wouldn't Believe! 44 Strange and Wondrous Delmarva Tales. More info about that and my other books exploring the history, travel, and culture on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware here. Paging through a book of photos from times gone by in Worcester County, Md., I came across a crazy postcard. The legend sketched out in a brief caption…
August 28, 2022
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Storyteller Jim Duffy Will Share Fun “Tales from Delmarva” on Sat., Sept. 18 in Pocomoke City, Md.

Author and storyteller Jim Duffy of Secrets of the Eastern Shore will share some of his favorite “Tales from Delmarva” in a talk and discussion on Sat., Sept. 18 at the Delmarva Discovery Museum in Pocomoke City, Md. The event begins at 2pm. Duffy is the author of two collections of Eastern Shore Road Trips, as well as Tubman Travels: 32 Underground Railroad Journeys on…
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In 1960, the ‘Labor Day Riot’ Had a Mob of 2,500 Angry Teens Marching the Streets of Ocean City, Md.

The incident that set off the Labor Day Riot in Ocean City, Md. back in 1960 seems a trifling affair. Late in the evening of Sat., Sept. 4, the owner of a boardwalk arcade and a young man from Baltimore got into a spat. The arcade owner, George J. Galkas, thought the young man was crossing the line out of teenage fun and into delinquency.…
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“The Exile’s Song:” A Poetic Ode By a Homesick Eastern Shoreman

Aside from having a beard for the ages, Littleton Purnell Bowen was a lawyer, historian, preacher, and poet. Born in Worcester County, Md. in 1833, he did his early schooling at the Berlin (Md.) Academy, graduating in 1851. He later earned a law degree, but abandoned that career to become a Presbyterian minister. Early on, Bowen served as a pastor in Lewes, Del. and Pocomoke…
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On WBOC-TV, Secrets of the Eastern Shore tells the amazing story of the artist Julia Purnell of Snow Hill, Md.

Most every chapter in the Secrets book, Eastern Shore Road Trips 2: 26 More One-Day Adventures on Delmarva, ends with a fun and interesting story from days gone by. In the road trip to Snow Hill, Md., that section tells the story of a housewife there whose journey to becoming an artist began at the age of 85, after she landed in a wheelchair. Jim…