The town that sprawls across 3 counties, 2 states, and 3 centuries

The town that sprawls across 3 counties, 2 states, and 3 centuries

It’s a bit of a stretch to call Reliance a town. Officially, it’s an unincorporated community. It’s a place that straddles two states and three counties – Caroline and Dorchester counties in Maryland, and Sussex county in Delaware.

But in its heyday, Reliance was a place to be reckoned with — a hub of local commerce that served local farms and towns by storing and shipping goods between city and farm. Known as Johnson’s Crossroads, it was the starting point for the boundary that carved the new county of Caroline out of Dorchester County in 1774. And it was still making headlines a hundred years later.

Why was Johnson’s Crossroads (Reliance) so important in 1774? A contemporary map of Maryland (1794) offers clues.

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1670 map of the Choptank – How good was it?

1670 map of the Choptank – How good was it?

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Caroline’s other Colonel is not as Cool

Caroline’s other Colonel is not as Cool

Caroline County has her Revolutionary War hero – Colonel Richardson – with schools named after him and plaques to honor him.

His Caroline County neighbor, Colonel Peter Adams, commanded the Maryland 2nd Regiment in the war’s final battle at Yorktown in 1781. Remember?

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