Category Archives: Delmarva History

History unlocked at the C&D Canal Museum

C&D Canal spans waterways, and maritime history Of all the sights that visitors to Chesapeake City, Maryland, can see, only a handful of tourists and locals alike manage to make their way to the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Museum. Those … Continue reading

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Wrecked stone once intended as monument to general

by David Healey A couple hundred feet down the road from the house where we stay on a Maine island is a rectangular granite block about 75 feet long, half covered in weeds, and on which are stacked a few … Continue reading

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Delmarva accents: Delmarvese is a language unto its own

by David Healey As if anyone needed further proof that Delmarva is a place unto itself, the people speak a different tongue. This language of the land between the bays is known as Delmarvese. You’ve heard it, even if you … Continue reading

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Now this was a March snowstorm to remember

A mid-March snowstorm is unusual, but it is not unprecedented. Back when I was researching Great Storms of the Chesapeake, I came across accounts of the March 19, 1958 storm that buried much of the upper Chesapeake Bay region. Damage, and … Continue reading

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Delmarva chroniclers share stories behind the stories

by David Healey Three of Delmarva’s finest chroniclers and storytellers gathered in Easton to share their knowledge from decades spent documenting the people who make the region so unique. The authors’ panel, sponsored by the Eastern Shore Writer’s Association, was held … Continue reading

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Exploring Civil War Lore from Maryland and Delaware

Most of us know the “greater story” of the Civil War—the battles, the politics, the leaders. We’ve heard of Grant and Lee, Gettysburg and Antietam, Abe Lincoln and Jeff Davis. But it’s the “little stories”—the quirky ones about people and … Continue reading

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Ellicott City flood of 1868 devastated town

The following chapter comes from Great Storms of the Chesapeake and describes the Ellicott City flood of 1868. One of the most devastating floods ever to strike the Chesapeake Bay region took place on the morning of July 24, 1868. … Continue reading

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Exploring Civil War Legends & Lore

Most of us know the “greater story” of the Civil War—the battles, the politics, the leaders. We’ve heard of Grant and Lee, Gettysburg and Antietam, Abe Lincoln and Jeff Davis. But it’s the “little stories”—the quirky ones about people and … Continue reading

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Winter’s last hurrah can bring March snowfalls

Winter struck late in 1958, and it almost seemed unfair, considering that the deep snow came in late March. It was an incredible snowfall, with measurements of 42 inches coming in from residents near the Susquehanna River in Maryland. The … Continue reading

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The blizzard of 1899 remembered

It looks as if this is going to be a largely snow-free winter. Dipping into Great Storms of the Chesapeake, I thought I would cool things down with a lead in to the storm that buried the Chesapeake Bay region … Continue reading

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