Downtown Federalsburg, 1875

Zoom in.  Then use the transparency slider and background map changer at upper right. From the John B. Isler 1875 map of Caroline County. See the larger map of downtown Federalsburg here.  [Search:   xxdowntown ]  

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Downtown Preston, 1875

Use the transparency slider and background map changer at upper right. From the John B. Isler 1875 map of Caroline County. See the larger map of downtown Preston here.  [Search:   xxdowntown ]  

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Downtown Hillsboro, 1875

Use the transparency slider and background map changer at upper right. From the John B. Isler 1875 map of Caroline County. See the larger map of downtown Hillsboro here.  [Search:   xxdowntown ]  

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Downtown Greensboro, 1875

Use the transparency slider and background map changer at upper right. From the John B. Isler 1875 map of Caroline County. See the larger map of downtown Greensboro here.  [Search:   xxdowntown ]  

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Downtown Denton, 1875

Use the transparency slider and background map changer at upper right. From the John B. Isler 1875 map of Caroline County. See the larger map of downtown Denton here.  [Search:   xxdowntown ]  

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I walked 16 miles home to Tuckahoe

I walked 16 miles from Easton to my father’s. I knocked at the door and said, “Who lives here?” Father answered by saying, “Who is that?” I said,   “Me.” Then mother said, “That’s Alexander”– showing a mother never forgets her

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Who made you free?

Who made you free, young Alexander? Your enslaved father? Your freed mother? How were you free, Alexander? Free to sit beside the Tuckahoe, read holy books and toss pebbles into the water, listen to Aunt Hester’s screams on the other side? Free

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I walked 5 miles through snow to school

In 1875, the actual distance was 1.12 miles. There are 9 public schools in Caroline County today. In 1875 there were 49 schools.  The average distance between them was 2.24 miles as the crow flies *.

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There was a colored church down by the river crossing

I remember there was a colored church in the woods down by the river. If you passed by on the road that takes you over Sandy Island Bridge into Delaware, you could hear them singing on the Sabbath.  That was

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From a farm ditch, the mighty Choptank springs forth

Map and photos of the Choptank River’s headwaters in Amish farm country of Delaware.

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