Monday, October 16, 2017



Carey's Camp is west of Millsboro, near the crossroads at Conaway Road and Caey's Camp Road, the location being called Mudford in early times. This was a revival encampment, the bush
meetings, of two groups of Methodist Societies which were many about the peninsula. They were the Phillips Hill and the Mission School societies. There were no buildings at the 'bush meetings' the people slept and ate in tents under canvas sheets held up by timber poles or wagons.

There was a strong desire to have a church, and in 1884, a Carey family, Elijah and Levenia,
donated an acre a bit east of Mudford and Carey's Church was begun. Progress was slow, money
was none, but in 1891 the church was dedicated.

There was an elderly gentleman, more than a hundred years of age, Joe Ben Husdon, living in the 1980's who watched the construction.

Since the summer revival meetiings were a popular event it wasen't long before a permenent
campground was built. Forty seven small crude sheds, they called them tents, with open fronts constructed, facing a large cross shaped tabernacle .

These early camp meetings were evanglistic revivals and attended by thousands , the sermons were long and had 'after service' when all the saved christians gave witness testomoials , and last until after midnight. . A 'love feast' early morning service was held every morning, fllowed by more testimony, was led by a layman.. Childrens Bible School was held in the mornings.

A social viewpoint was very important. Transportation, the horse and buggy, posed limitations of friends in ones social circle. To renew old friendships and romantic relationshipa posed another atmosphere.

Abstract by Harrison H., 16 October 2017. Source is “Carey's Church and Camp” writen by
Don Ward, Berta Smith and Niel Carey, for the March 2006 issue of “Shoreline Magazine” of the Nabb Research Center, Salisbury.

Saturday, October 14, 2017




It is considered bad luck to paint a boat blue. There is a belief that the similarity of the color
to that of water, entices the bay to swallow the blue boat.

Another account out of Cambridge tells of a sailor navigating a blue hull boat , caught in a storm, just out of reach of safe harbor, the life savers could hear him but not see the blue boat on the waterline, and he was drowned, but the story was remembered.

The mose unique supererstition comes from Elliotts Island. “There was a waterman so enhanced by a woman's blue eyes while out sailing that he lost 'his water sense' , went aground and
perished a slow horriible death.

Most boats have womens names, a name to whom the master of the vessel is to be 'true' during
the voyage.

Also green boats cause fear of rotting and falling apart. A crow flying over the bow of a
boat is bad luck.


Aunt Caroline, an Indian half breed, said to have ethnic powers, once prayed to the
Lord God to spare watermen caught off shore in ice during a storm. Sure enough, while still on her knees, the ice flow opend in the creek and the boats were able to come right in to shore. A fact, says Elsie Brimer of Smith Island, in 1972.


In the gneral area of Somerset county there is an Indian maiden who comes to help those
who are in trouble. Her names is Meniah and this is a beautiful legend. It is not known just how it began, but whenever you are in deep trouble in that county, she comes to help you. Many a sailor
has said that there was an unusual woman at the wheel when they knew neither what way to go,
and she , at the wheel, guided them in the right direstion and to port. A fact, says Thomas Flowers,
Hoopers Island, 1972.

New technology, sometimes viewed as threatening tradition, bring anxieties. Steamships,
as early as 1813, took new routes which the sailing vessels could not navigate against the flow and tide and the wind direction. This was not accepted by all who for years had labored on the sea.
This brings up “Irish Jack” set sometime in 1893 when steamer had become a common sight in
the Chesapeake.


There was an old sailor around here and they called him Irish Jack, his last name never
was heard. He told he came from Ireland on a log and people believe “Irish Jack knows and no one can do it better”. To the 1893 inauguration steamships ran excursions from Crisfield to Washington
and one this trip, about half way across, they ran up on Irish Jack in his 16 foot skipjack, sweating and
happy and all, he was invited to come aboard or at lest take a tow, but told the steamer crew “it would be no honor to go by steamer”. The steamship moved on.


Back when several families would 'get together' and take a big boat on a trip to Baltimore
for a bit of fun and merryment, they took along ost everythng hey needed for a day of so, even the chicken coop, with chickens, for the eggs. One on a crossing, Captain John Marsh, told others of the bunch that he can tell their location and the water depth, from the smell of the sounding line.

Bets were on and he went in the cabin so not to see where they were. He gave correct locations and depths several times, before, one ogf the group decicded to 'trick' him. The next sounding, the bottom of the sounding line was rubbed in the chicken coop and passed down to him. Captain john told them there were in 45 feet of water, off Bloody point, or were back home in the back yard in
the chicken pen. So tells Alex Kellam, Smith Island, 1971.

So ends, folk tails of the Chesapeake, until more come to light.

Source: Aaron Lumpkins' Waterman's Tales, Folklore of the Chesapeake, June 2009,
'Shoreline” Magazine, Nabb Center , Salisbury.

Thursday, October 12, 2017



Abstract of 1807 book “A Geographical Descrition of the States of Maryland and Delaware,
by Joseph Scott, via Jefferson Boyer in December 2015 “Shoreline Magazine” from the Nabb
Center, Salisbury.

One of the largest counties on the Eastern Shore, the other is Worcester. Established before
1671, 32 miles by 27 miles, 375,000 acres or so. To the north is Caroline county and the
Choptank River and Talbot county. South east is the Nanticoke River and Somerset county. The
western boarder is Chesapeake Bay and Hoopers Island . The farmers produce corn, wheat and
lumber. Watermen bring in crabs, ayster's, clams, fish and water fowl.

Cambridge is the county seat, a post office town with about 300 residents and 50 homes,
which sit on the south shore of the Choptank, about 15 miles from the mouth of it at the bay. This
village, healthy and agreeable, has a church, court house, jail.

Vienna a small post town, sits on the west side of the Nanticoke , high and dry at 12 to 13 feet
above the river. There are maybe 12 or 13 dwellings in poor , four stores, two granaries, two
taverns, a port collector office and a brick Episcpal church which holds divine service once in a
while. There are two wharves from which ships of any burthern may load. The town has little trade
due to the absence of enterprising residents. Vienna is 120 miles from Washington city.

New Market and Middletown lay between Cambridge and Vienna, Federalsburg on Marshy
Hope prong of the Nanticoke, is 25 miles N.E. by E.

Dorchester has it's share of islands, Goldsboro Island, 2200 acres on the Hunger river,
James, 1600 acres, Hoopers Island , east side of the bay, at Hunger river, is 7300 acres. Also there
are Barren Island and Sharps Island, east of the bay.

The counties largest rivers are Nanticoke and Choptank.

Nanticoke is the largest, 45 miles long, starts in Sussex Delaware, flows south east into the
Chesapeake Bay. It is named for the tribe of Indians which lived along it's shore.

The Choptank also begins in Delaware . Flows south east , 43 miles, into the Chesapeake.

Monday, October 9, 2017




Lewes, Delaware , September 15, 1903, Delaware Pilot.

It will take several days until an estimate of the damage from the storm last Tuesday night will be
clearly known, especially that done to the vessel's. Lewes got off with a number of trees uprooted,
and damaged buildings, the most serious being the power house smoke stack bown down which
left the town in darkness.

In the 1900's weather forecasting was incomplete, wind direction and barometric readings were 'it'.
When a storm came up, it was anyones guess when it would abate.

This particular 'vagabond hurricane' was one that proved to be unpredictable and came out of the
Atlantic , having been born a 1000 mile to the east of the Bahamas and stayed at sea until it turned
northward and raked the Delaware coast. It caught residents by surprise.

The three masted schooner, Hattie A. Marsh, was driven into the new outer breakwater, and broke
up, taking five crew members with her. Two, crew members, the mate and one sailor, were saved by
the Lewes Life Savings Station crew.

Farm crops, corn and orchards suffered but the late tomato crop survived. Fish plant piers and the
governments telephone line were done in. There was no communication down the coast south of

Source: Micheal Morgan, Delaware diary, Delaware Cast Press, 10/04/2017: Delaware Pilot &
“Weather Underground”. Abstract: Harrison H.

Thursday, October 5, 2017


1911 – 1912

July 7, 1912, the season regualarly opened and it's most prosperous summer is being

predicted. Many improvements over the past months will allow Oak Orchard to better take care

of it's visitors for a week or month. New cement works along the beach prevent the river from

reaching in and cutting the beach during every heavy storm.

The Indian River House, already noted as a hostelry , is open and already doing business

under direction of Charlie Phillips and his bride, Miss Lawrence, of Wilmington. Last year,

Miss Anna Cooper of Millsboro , had charge.

Miss Myrtle Wilson, Margaret Lynch, of Georgetown , Blanch McNear of Wilksbarre,

Pennsylvania, Elizabeth McLernon of Camden, New Jersey, George Messick, Bill Short, Jr.,
Payton Banning and George Walls all of Georgetown, enjoyed a coaching trip to this place

recently. Dr. Messick of Milford and his family are at the Messick cottage , Dr. Chapman of

Georgetown is at the Ioka cottage, the R. P. Davis family are spant a few days at the Crapmore

cottage. Captain Vessey has bought the boyce cottage house and Fred Blizzers family, the Willins

of Georgetown are there. Charles Cullin and Albert Worth were the weekenders at the Crow;s

Nest. Mary Houston of the Houston cottage entertained friends from Milton , Lewes, and New

York. The G. C. Calhoun's and Mrs Manners will spend the month at the Ioka cottage.

Last Sunday all but three of the cottages were occupied.

Wilmington Evening Journal, Monday July 8, 1912

Monday, October 2, 2017



A new picnic ground on the dual highway leading into Rehoboth Beach and Lewes has
been laid out by the Henlopen Grange 20, of Lewes for motorist going to the resorts. One acre
of shady pine woodland was offered by two Grange members, the Misses Mamie and Arzie
Wilson, the owners.

A group of 12 Grangers have cleared off the picnic ground, set up tables and facilities
for use by the motoring public free of charge. The plot is located on the south bound lane
of the dual about half a mile south of Five Points intersection.

Two years ago a picnic area was set up by Sussex Garderners Club, two miles out of Rehoboth is now over taxed and the new area will be an extra stop over.

Both of these picnic areas will be maintained by the Garderners Club and the Grange.





Lewes is preparing a colorful parade for it's 325th anniversary , Saturday, August 11th.
There are 21 ' floats' planned to portray episodes of the town's history. The four day observance
will be from the 9th to 12th of August. Henry P. Marshall is program chaIrman.

The following organizations are to sponsor a float . They are;

Sussex Archaeological Association with a display of aboriginal Indians at Lewes before the Dutch.

Zwaanendael Club, with David Petersen deVries, Dutch leader of the 1631 settlement.

DAR, Colonel David Hall Chapter, Colonel Halls as a Revolutionary patriot.

Henlopen Grange of Lewes, will display the Plockhoy 1663 colony.

Lewes Lions and the story of Caesar Rodney and his romance with the Lewes postmasters

Lewes Special School will remember the the first girl graduates of the Lewes Union School of

American Legion Post 17 are to bring the 1698 – 1790 Pirate Episodes to life.

Hollymount Home Demonstration , the 1709 Quaker colony at Lewes.

Bethel Methodist Church will bring to life Rev George Whitefield , hell fire and brimstone
evangelist who preached his first sermon at Lewes in 1793.

Lewes Coast Guard Station will bring on the first vigilantes of 1884.

Other floats to be assigned are; 1812 bombardment to Ft Miles. LFD, the 1673 fire that
burned the second Dutch settlement, Delaware River Pilots to the YATCH Club , Fisherman Paradise
to Lewes Anglers. Lewes Trust will be asked to sponsor the deBraak episode, Sussex Trust, the six
governors fostered by Lewes, the Betsy Patterson, Jerome Bonaparts bride, and her 1804 storm
forced visit to Pilot Town Road, is asked to be by Lewes Dairy.

Homecoming Day at the Village Green , Thursday, tours on Friday , Saturday the 'parade', and
Sunday is 'Come to Church Day' with an evening union service on the beach front.

June 1 1956, Wilmington New Journal is the source.