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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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181 Great Events Book Sample: Delmarva Heritage Days in Pocomoke City, Md.

The new Secrets of the Eastern Shore book, 181 Great Events on Delmarva, celebrates the annual celebrations of the Delmarva Peninsula. Most chapters are devoted to a single event, like this one. Others combine similar events that happen around the same time into one section. Most chapters (also like this one) included a suggested side trip as well. Publication date: April 2020. Delmarva Heritage Days…
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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…
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BOOK SIGNINGS! Friday 9/13 in Rehoboth Beach & Saturday 9/14 in Ocean City

Secrets of the Eastern Shore co-founder Jim Duffy will be doing book signings at the beach on Friday, Sept. 13 (Rehoboth Beach) and Saturday, Sept. 14 (Ocean City). Both events are at Pam's Hallmark Shoppes. • In Rehoboth Beach on Friday, the book signing runs from 11am to 2pm. The Pam's store there is located at 19266 Coastal Highway, (302) 227-6522 • In West Ocean…
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Author Jim Duffy shares “Underground Railroad Journeys” in Pocomoke City on Sun., Feb. 10

Award-winning writer and storyteller Jim Duffy will share keystone stories, surprising finds, and life lessons learned from his work on the book, Tubman Travels: 32 Underground Railroad Journeys on Delmarva. The presentation in Pocomoke City, Md. will touch on a number of heroes of the Underground Railroad here on the Eastern Shore, including Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. The presentation is at 2pm on Sunday, Feb.…
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QUOTE OF THE DAY, 1852: “Each Member of the Clerical Staff Must Bring 4 Pounds of Coal Each Day.”

    Everyone knows workplace conditions were a animal in times gone by, but it's still eye-opening to consider just how different things were. Consider this old poster, which I saw on a recent visit to the Furnacetown Living Heritage Village near Snow Hill, Md. The Village is on the site of an old bog-iron-making operation, but these Furnacetown rules actually apply to the clerical…
August 18, 2018