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“TUBMAN TRAVELS” SAMPLER: The Miraculous Escape of the Dover Eight

The story of the Dover Eight that follows is excerpted from Tubman Travels: 32 Underground Railroad Journeys on Delmarva, a book by Secrets of the Eastern Shore that tells stories of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and many other men and women whose journeys in slavery and out of bondage went through the Eastern Shore and Delaware. BIG PICTURE: The Pressure Cooker of 1857 The lush…
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TUBMAN TALES: Young Fred Bailey Gets His First Taste of Freedom

    My latest writing project is something I'm calling "Tubman Tales," though it focuses on more than just Harriet Tubman. Case in point: This chapter is about the life of a young slave in Talbot County named Fred Bailey, who is better known in the history books as the famous anti-slavery orator Frederick Douglass. Running Free at Holme Hill Young Fred Bailey got his first…
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TUBMAN TALES: Young Harriet Goes Down to the Crossroads

    BIG PICTURE: God Works in Mysterious Ways This is the truism that will likely end up first and foremost in your mind on a visit to the little Bucktown Village Store, which stands at the countryside crossroads of Greenbrier, Bucktown, and Bestpitch Ferry roads in Dorchester County--near the farm where  young Harriet Tubman lived back in the 1830s. Have you heard the legend about the…
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Harrington Character of the Day: The Master Whittler of Delaware

This piece about Jehu Camper, the master whittler of Delaware, is a free excerpt from Eastern Shore Road Trips: 27 One-Day Adventures on Delmarva. t's from a Road Trip that visits a trio of interesting little museums in Dover, including one that features works by Mr. Camper. Here goes: Over the course of a long life stretching across 91 years, Jehu Camper jumped from this to…
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Road Trips #1 Excerpt: The ‘Petticoat Regime’ that Ruled Ocean City Back in the Day

This free excerpt about Ocean City's "Petticoat Regime" is from the first Secrets guidebook, Eastern Shore Road Trips: 27 One-Day Adventures on Delmarva. The trip here, from the chapter on beaches & beach towns, focuses on the boardwalk in Ocean City. Other chapters cover small towns, the great outdoors, backroads journeys, interesting museums, and Shore classics, such as lighthouse and skipjacks. Ocean City took its…
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Road Trips Preview: Unionville Road on the Talbot County Backroads

    This is a free excerpt from the chapter, "Talbot County Backroads," in Eastern Shore Road Trips: 27 One-Day Adventures on Delmarva. In addition to this section on Unionville Road, the chapter features stops in Bozman, Neavitt, and Claiborne, as well as at the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry, the Pickering Creek Audubon Center, and more. Let’s start in Easton, at the intersection of the bypass and Route 33.…
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: The Year Election Day in Lewes Turned into an All-Out Brawl

    Angry crowds swarmed through Lewes brandishing clubs, swords, and guns, knocking down anyone who stood in their way; and some victims lay unconscious in the street. Many residents … retreated behind closed doors. Others scampered out of town. It was election day, 1787. The animosity on display that day centered around geography as much as politics. Early on, most people in Sussex County…