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Bucktown Village Store on Maryland's Eastern Shore
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TUBMAN TALES: Young Harriet Goes Down to the Crossroads

This is an excerpt from my book, Tubman Travels: 32 Underground Railroad Adventures on Delmarva. The book tells keystone stories about the Underground Railroad, with each story attached to a place or places that you can go visit. More info about the book here. BIG PICTURE: God Works in Mysterious Ways This is the truism that will likely end up first and foremost in your mind on…
Jehu Camper, Master Whittler of Delaware
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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…
Unionville Road in Talbot County Backroads
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Road Trips Excerpt: The Ride Down Unionville Road

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. Turn toward…
Election Day in Lewes, 1787
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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 lived along…
Marshland in Somerset County on Maryland's Eastern Shore
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Head Over Heels for Somerset County

    Somerset County is celebrating its 350th birthday here in 2016, and that is the sort of occasion that can make grown men get a little emotional and go a little over the top. I would doubt, however, that anyone doing any speechifying nowadays will be able to top the writer Clarence Torrence in the Department of Purple Prose. Here is how Mr. Torrence opens his…
A Duel in Dorchester County, Maryland
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: A Duel Solution in Dorchester

    “At this period political discussions partook of much personal rancor and vituperation …” Those words are meant as a description of America in the 1820s, though it seems to me that they might just as well have been written about the current political environment. James Stewart … Mr. Stewart’s views at this time on the national issues impressed him that the principles of the Democratic party…