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Category Archives: Delmarva History
Confederate found love—and a new home—in Canal Town By David Healey There couldn’t have been a worse time for Capt. Lucien M. Bean of the 17th Mississippi Infantry. The Confederacy was crumbling. In the heart of the South, Union Gen. … Continue reading
To Hell and Back Again with Hurricane Hazel by David Healey You can still find a few old-timers who will share stories about one of the biggest hurricanes in living memory to strike the Chesapeake Bay. Her name was Hazel, … Continue reading
Hurricane of 1933 shaped Ocean City resort Ocean City is Maryland’s beach town, a place where the population swells to nearly 400,000 on summer weekends. Tourists stroll the boardwalk or splash in the waves. It’s a place for sun, sand … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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