His color was black

They wrote:
His color was black.

His features were strong.
His voice was commanding, deep.
His white friends in Denton
always came out
to hear him preach.
Like-wise Generals, Governors, and Presidents.
Born on the Tuckahoe, 1821
(before Fred Bailey
across the river
Bishop Wayman died last week.

It’s 1895.  Here.

Bishop Wayman at Tuscola ILThe Legacy of A.M.E Bishop A.W. Wayman
of Tuckahoe Neck, Caroline County, Maryland

Learn more:

Who made you free? — 1821

Do you still see white horses over in those dark woods? — 1830

After these Times of Trouble, the Church went down — 1830-1868

I walked 16 miles home to Tuckahoe — 1848

News went back to Caroline that I was shot and killed — 1866

Long road back to Tuckahoe  —  1870s

Deep Branch Chapel, near the place I was born — 1874


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Here is your new water trail map. Don’t get it wet.

The Choptank and Tuckahoe Water Trail is only a memory now.

But the Choptank is still there.   So is the Tuckahoe.   So is the water.  So, hit the trail!  Splash!

The Old Harford Town Maritime Center (OHTMC) in West Denton sank into the river a decade ago.  OHTMC’s  big, beautiful, glossy river trail map and guide soon went out of print.

Anyway, it was hard to fold.

Continue reading Here is your new water trail map. Don’t get it wet.

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Maggie Lee is dead, Joe.

I know, I know . . .   She still shows up in the Registry of National Historic Landmarks.    But I tell you, Joe, Maggie Lee died ten years ago in West Denton!   I have  photos to prove it.

The Chesapeake Bay skipjack Maggie Lee is listed in the Registry of National Historic Landmarks.  Here is how she’s described by the Maryland Historic Trust:

This vessel is a 51′ long two sail bateau, or V-bottomed deadrise centerboard sloop, commonly referred to as a skipjack. She was built in 1903 in Pocomoke City, Maryland, for the oyster dredging fleet. She has a beam of 16′, a depth of 3.8′, and a net tonnage of 8 register tons. …  Maggie Lee is of interest as being one of the older skipjacks still dredging in the Chesapeake fleet. She was built in 1903 in Pocomoke City, Maryland, following traditional Bay-area design and construction methods. She has worked in the oyster-dredging fleet since her building. The vessel is one of the 21 surviving working skipjacks to have been built previous to 1912.

Continue reading Maggie Lee is dead, Joe.

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Caroline’s other Colonel is not as Cool

They don’t like him or follow him.  So social media ignores him.  And history forgets him. How powerful they are!

Caroline County has her Revolutionary War hero and

  • Colonel Richardson High School
  • Colonel Richardson Middle School
  • Colonel Richardson’s tomb at Gilpin Point on the Choptank River
  • Colonel Richardson Maryland State Historical Society marker  on MD 16 between Denton and Preston

Continue reading Caroline’s other Colonel is not as Cool

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Big Yard Sale at Adams Landing. Am moving to Boston.

 Public Sale of Valuable

Having decided to leave the State and having no further use for my property, I will sell at public sale, at my home at the Adams Landing Poultry Farm, 1 mile from Denton on the Greensboro road, commencing at 10 o’clock, rain or shine.  I am selling all my property, as I am going to move to Boston, Mass., and I will have no use for same.      Continue reading Big Yard Sale at Adams Landing. Am moving to Boston.

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She did alight at Adams Landing

On MD 404 heading east to Rehoboth, near Denton you slow down for the speed trap then speed up again at the Choptank River bridge.

adams ldg streetview 4

You look downriver toward Denton and see five pleasure boats on the water, each well cargoed with human freight.   One is laden heavily with refreshments.  All of them launched at the Denton town bridge, their prows pointed toward Adams Landing, one mile up the river.  You can see the landing on your left.     Continue reading She did alight at Adams Landing

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So Long, Sandy Island Bridge


The Sandy Island Bridge carries Maryland Route 287 over the Choptank River east of Goldsboro, Maryland.  The bridge built in 1919 was demolished and replaced in December 2013.  The 1919 bridge replaced an earlier bridge of unknown age.

The 1919 bridge consisted of four concrete arches, two measuring 48 feet in length and two 51 feet in length, which carried a 20 foot wide roadbed.   Luten Bridge Company of York, Pennsylvania, built the bridge from designs of the Maryland State Roads Commission. Two bronze plaques identified the builder and members of the  Commission. Continue reading So Long, Sandy Island Bridge

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Kentucky Ravine and Muddy Shore

The Search for Frederick Douglass’s Birthplace
Markers in the Landcape

Douglass wrote:

“The old cabin, with its rail floor and rail bedsteads upstairs, and its clay floor downstairs, and its dirt chimney, and windowless sides, … was MY HOME–the only home I ever had; and I loved it, and all connected with it.  The old fences around it, and the stumps in the edge of the woods near it, and the squirrels that ran, skipped, and played upon them, were objects of interest and affection.  There, too, right at the side of the hut, stood the old well.”  (My Bondage and My Freedom, ch. 2)

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Aunt Bettie’s Lot and Cabin

The Search for Frederick Douglass’s Birthplace
Markers in the Landcape

Douglass wrote:

“[My life] began in the family of my grandmother and grandfather, Betsey and Isaac Baily. They were quite advanced in life, and had long lived on the spot where they then resided. They were considered old settlers in the neighborhood…  The dwelling of my grandmother and grandfather had few pretensions. It was a log hut, or cabin, built of clay, wood, and straw. …  My grandmother–whether because too old for field service, or because she had so faithfully discharged the duties of her station in early life, I know not–enjoyed the high privilege of living in a cabin, separate from the quarter…”   (My Bondage and My Freedom, ch.1)
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Levi Lee’s Mill

The Search for Frederick Douglass’s Birthplace
Markers in the Landcape

Douglass wrote:
“Down in a little valley, not far from grandmammy’s cabin, stood Mr. Lee’s mill, where the people came often in large numbers to get their corn ground.  It was a watermill; and I never shall be able to tell the many things thought and felt, while I sat on the bank and watched that mill, and the turning of that ponderous wheel.  The mill-pond, too, had its charms; and with my pinhook, and thread line, I could get nibbles, if I could catch no fish.”  (My Bondage and My Freedom, ch. 2) Continue reading Levi Lee’s Mill
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