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The Friends of the Tuckahoe Neck Quaker Meeting House originally planned to start with the restoration on the west side of the building. (The east side was restored in 2019.) Restoration plans have expanded to include the three remaining sides. We have received donations from individuals, a religious group, and a DAR Historic Preservation Grant. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of the General Perry Benson Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. But more donations are needed. Read more …
Jarena Lee (1783-1849) was the first female preacher of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church. She left her Philadelphia home in 1824 to visit Baltimore then travel and preach throughout the the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Her autobiography, The Life and Religious Experience of Jarena Lee, contains many references to people and places in Caroline and other Mid-Shore Counties, including many of the earliest Black Churches.
1875 re-stretched: We re-worked the Isler 1875 map of Caroline County. This time we started with a high-resolution digital map from the Library of Congress Map Collection. We used high-end geographic information system (GIS) software “georeference” (digitally stretch) the Isler map over today’s web map.
Check it out.
The Maryland Century Farm Program was established in 1994 to recognize farms that have been in the same family for 100 years or more. See them in the historic landscape with our Century Farm Heritage Map. Turn on layers for historic maps of Caroline County in 1875 and 1897, and USGS Topographic maps of the Mid-Shore region from 1880 through 1940 and later.
Meet Six Strong Black Women who were “First Ever”: Jarena Lee, Lucretia Kennard Daniels, Dr. Enolia P. McMillan, Gloria Richardson Dandridge, Edythe M. Jolley, Addie Clash Travers.
“You know the feelings of the white people here in Delaware.
Are you ready to die?”
I said, None of these things move me.
I never was so inspired to speak since the day I was born.
And news went back to Caroline,
that I was shot and killed.
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 child.
This article shows you how to use the Choptank River Heritage Family Search Map to find names of persons who owned farms and businesses in Caroline County in the 1890s.
The roadside historical marker tells us only the basics. And some of that is wrong. Read more …
The history of the Society of Friends (Quakers) on the Eastern Shore of Maryland goes back to 1659 when the Quakers in Talbot County established the Third Haven Meetinghouse. The first Quaker meetinghouse in what would become Caroline County was established at Marshy Creek near Preston in 1727.
The murder of a Harmony schoolgirl in 1895 still shocks and fascinates
county residents and true crime enthusiasts.
In an unusual twist of fate, the Ridgely native – and prominent teacher, suffragette, and businesswoman – received more attention from the Baltimore press than from local media during her remarkable lifetime.