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Berlin - Ayes Creek, 1909
Berlin - Fire Company, 1920s
Berlin - GenesarLocated on Sinepuxent Neck west of Berlin, Genesar was built in about 1732 by Maj. John Purnell. This picture is from the HABS survey and is from about 1970. Its condition has only further deteriorated since then and today, it is little more than a ruin.
Berlin - Genesar Historical Marker
Berlin - Man with Ox Cart, 1910
Berlin - Trappe MillTrappe Mill stood on the western bank of Trappe Creek SE of Berlin town, south of the intersection of Assateague Road (376) and Harrison Road.
Berlin - Trappe MillTruitt and les Callette called the Trappe Mill site the oldest in the county, successor of Powell’s Mill mentioned in the 1698 will of Walter Powell, then a resident of Somerset County. Powell left to his daughters Elizabeth and Mary Evans “Powell’s Mill Pond,” 250 acres and the tract “Hilliard’s Discovery on the seaboard side.” The authors of WCMA, p. 288, believed that Powells Mill developed into Trappe Mill. The village of Buckingham was in the upper seaside region at a gristmill on Trappe Creek. After the main highway bypassed the location, the settlement declined and was superseded by the village near Burley Inn (i. e. Berlin); the old mill continued as the Trappe Mill.
Berlin Base Ball Club, 1908
Bivalve - Corny MessickCornelius Messick, Cabinetmaker and Undertaker, Bivalve, Wicomico County - Photo, circa late 19th century
Bivalve Harbor
Bivalve Methodist ChurchHistorically known as the Waltersville Methodist Protestant (M.P.) Church, dated to 1886 by a marble cornerstone. The town of Bivalve was once called Waltersville.
Chance - Rock Creek Methodist Church
Chance - Rock Creek Methodist Church CemeteryLocated in Chance, north of Deal Island Road (MD 363) by about 1 1/2 city block, apparently the property of Rock Creek United Methodist Church located on the main road
Clara School, about 1900
Crisfield - Corner of Somerset and Asbury Avenue, 1913
Crisfield - Housing for Workers at the W. T. Handy Packing House, 1944
Crisfield - MakepeaceAs the oldest home in Crisfield, Makepeace is an enduring example of mid-18th century vernacular architecture on the Eastern Shore. The house was likely built by Jacob Cullen shortly after 1740 on a patent called Cullen’s Lott near Johnson’s Creek.
Crisfield - Repairing Oyster Boats
Crisfield Sea CaptainAzariah Nelson
Deal Island - African-American Farmhouse, 1940... the home of one of Roger Spence's married sons
Deal Island - CemTrek 2001CemTrekkers in 100° heat in front of the Joshua Thomas Chapel, Deal Island. Front, L to R: Donna Wendt (HI), Shari and Leah Handley, Lindsey VanAssche (all MI), Lucinda Williams (NY), Margaret Robinson (DE). 2nd row, Paul Willing (MD), L. Paul Morris (PA), Jill Pevear (MD), Ida Waters Cheek (PA). 3rd row, Penny White (far left, from Nottingham, England), Linda Fiorini (middle, MD), Donald Cheek (far right, PA). Back, Ralph Willing (CT), Helen Insley and Henry Alsruhe (both VA), Ashley McDonnell (MD)
Deal Island - Great Shoals LighthouseLocated near the mouth of the Wicomico River, this was a screwpile light built in 1884. It was abandoned and dismantled in 1966.
Deal Island Methodist Churchback view with cemetery
Deal Island Methodist Churchfront view
Delmar - W.W. Whayland Building
Eden - Bounds LottThe exact date of construction is unknown, but likely occurred ca 1710 during the time of the Quaker Richard Stevens or his daughter Sarah who married James Bounds. Richard and Sarah patented Sarah’s portion of her inheritance along the Wicomico River as Bounds Lott in 1735. Their son Jonathan Bounds likely built the new addition. The home remained in the Bounds family until after the American Revolution, and fortunately has been little altered by subsequent owners. This is a pre-renovation pic.
Eden - Bounds Lottshown in its current, renovated condition
Eden - Bounds Lottrestored
Eden - Romani Girl, 1940Farm Security Administration photo of a "gypsy" girl whose family lived on U.S. 13 about 5 miles south of Salisbury.
Ewell - SkipjackA skipjack at anchor in the harbor at Ewell, Smith Island. This famous style of sailing vessel plied the waters of the Chesapeake Bay country since the latter part of the 19th century. It was a work boat used in the seafood industry and is also a popular entry in annual sailboat races in the Bay area.
Fruitland - Siloam Camp MeetingPhoto taken circa 1900 at Siloam Camp Meeting, Wicomico County, Maryland. Methodist camp meetings were very popular gatherings for social, as well as religious purposes.
Fruitland - Strawberry Harvest
Green Hill - CemTrek 2002Here they are standing in front of the Green Hill Church 4 Aug 2002. The CemTrekkers, shown left to right, are: Lindsey VanAssche, Shari Handley, Roy Lesher, Leah Handley, Paul Willing, Ralph Willing, Joyce Crouch and Ted Lokey. Another unbelievably hot CemTrek day. Actually, it would be *more* unbelievable if it were cool, I guess. :)
Green Hill Church (St. Bartholomew's Episcopal)Green Hill was the original parish church of Stepney Parish, which was laid out in 1692. In around 1694, a log church building was constructed here, replaced in 1733 with this current brick building. Though there are no regular services conducted here, the church is reopened every year in August for the annual St. Bartholomew's Day celebration and worship service. Three local Episcopal churches participate in this service: St. Mary's in Tyaskin, St. Phillip's in Quantico, and St. Paul's in Salisbury.
Green Hill Methodist Church CemeteryLocated on Senkbeil Road, which jogs off of and back into the northwest side of Whitehaven Road and north side of Green Hill Creek (between Head Of The Creek Rd. and Nebo Rd.) There is no church building in the area, but Jacobs' book identifies it as Green Hill Methodist Church cemetery. This photo was taken during CemTrek 2002. Also has been identified as the Taylor Family Burying Ground.
Hebron - Hauling Logs in about 1900
Hebron - Old Spring Hill ChurchAlso known as St. Paul's Episcopal Church, this historic Episcopal church on Rt 50 near Hebron was built in 1773 and was a chapel of ease for Stepney Parish. Fire destroyed the wooden church on July 22, 2014, months after it celebrated its 240th anniversary. Nearly 100 firefighters from numerous fire departments, including Wicomico and Sussex Counties, responded to the fire. This photo is from the U.S. HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey).
Hebron - St. Paul's Methodist Church, about 1940
Hebron - Walnut Street about 1900
Manokin - Sudler's ConclusionLocated on Hood Road north of Route 361, the original Flemish-bond brick portion of the structure was built around 1725. The property, then called "Barnaby's Lott" was purchased by Thomas Seon in 1747. His grandson, Thomas Seon Sudler had the property and surrounding property resurveyed as Sudler's Conclusion in 1789. The 2-story clapboard portion was added by a later owner about 1840.
Mardela SpringsBoy fishing in Barren Creek
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