Choptank & Tuckahoe culture, inventoried

The Old Harford Town Maritime Center (OHTMC) in West Denton is no more.  But OHTMC’s legacy continues.

Choptank River Heritage sites were first catalogued by OHTMC and published in two volumes:

Maryland’s Upper Choptank River and Tuckahoe River Cultural Resource Inventory (1999)

Lower Choptank River Cultural Resource Inventory (2002)

These studies were funded by the Maryland Historical Trust.  They identify many types of historic sites and structures, including:

  • towns
  • landings
  • wharves
  • warehouses
  • canneries, and
  • sunken vessels

Since the inventories were published, Choptank River Heritage (CRH) continues the work of OHTMC by publishing historic maps, site descriptions, and stories of people and places of the Choptank River watershed.

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Ships in a sea of Eastern Shore corn

You fly down Route 404 across the Delmarva Peninsula,
like Lawrence and his Arab fighters across the Sinai,
380 horsepower and Camels on the dash.  

Through a sea of sand toward Suez.
Through a sea of corn toward Rehoboth.    

Traffic comes to a dead stop.
It’s a line of ships blocking your route.

lawrence_suez_ship

It’s 1873, here.

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Change was inevitable. So was the map.

If change was inevitable,
so was the map that shows it.

1875-1897-1905 compare

 

See changes in Caroline County, 1875 – 1897 – 1905.

 

 

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USGS does really cool old stuff

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) started printing beautiful paper maps of the American West in the 1860s.   Then worked its way east until it finally got to:

usgs topo dates table

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Before GPS, you saw crossroads up ahead

 Recalculating….
At Hubbard’s Crossroads, take the right fork.

hubbards crossroads

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Country roads: Sorry, no Google street view

Take to the highway, won’t you lend me your name?
Your way and my way seem to be one and the same.
Mamma don’t understand it.  She wants to know where I’ve been.
I have to be some kind of natural born fool to want to pass that way again.
But you know I can feel it, yeah-yeah, on a country road.

Walk on down, walk on down,
walk on down a country road.


In 1875, all roads in Caroline County were dirt.  Most were crooked.

dirt roads - 1875

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Downtown Federalsburg, 1875

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From the John B. Isler 1875 map of Caroline County.

See the larger map of downtown Federalsburg here.

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Downtown Preston, 1875

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From the John B. Isler 1875 map of Caroline County.

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Downtown Hillsboro, 1875

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From the John B. Isler 1875 map of Caroline County.

See the larger map of downtown Hillsboro here.

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On Maryland's Eastern Shore