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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Back in the 1920s, Crisfield Was a ‘Sort of Tiny Vulgar Venice’

Back in 1922, the writer Edward Noble Vallandigham penned this ode to Crisfield for his travel guide, Delaware and the Eastern Shore. "Newest of all the large and active communities on the Peninsula is Crisfield, … has grown into an active little city with a busy main street that looks like that of a raw Western mining village. … One forgets on the sea front, with…
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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…
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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…
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Quote of the Day: ‘No More Kindly Heart Ever Beat’

This excerpt from Eastern Shore Road Trips #2: 26 MORE One-Day Adventures on Delmarva is the bonus section at the end of a chapter that leads you along a backroads journey through the countryside and little fishing villages that line the oceanside length of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The chapter touches several times on the history of the barrier islands off of that shore,…
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: How “Women’s Work” Helped Start the 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,…
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: VJ Day in Easton, 1945

    The scene on VJ Day in Easton--the night of Aug. 14, 1945--must have been something to behold, judging from this description by the historian Dickson J. Preston in Talbot County: A History. Click on the image to see more Eastern Shore-themed Christmas cards from Secrets of the Eastern Shore! In Easton, as everywhere in America, there was jubilation. People rushed into the streets,…