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Delmarva History In December

December 3, 1847
Eastern Shore native Frederick Douglass begins publishing the anti-slavery newspaper The North Star.

December 4, 1931
A mob lynched African American, Matthew Williams, on the courthouse lawn in Salisbury, Maryland.

December 4, 1882
The Bark Maddalena Secondo was stranded at Cedar Island, Virginia. The boat's drunken crew had to be forced to shore by the local lifesaving station keeper John B. Whealton and his crew.

December 6, 1920
A fire destroyed a substantial section of the business district of Lewes, Delaware.

December 6, 1884
The schooner Margaret A. May was wrecked at North Beach, Maryland, when a gale pushed the ship beyond the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.

December 6, 1632
Capt. David Pieterson DeVries arrives at Zwaanendael to find the Dutch whaling colony destroyed.

December 7, 1883
The Albert Dailey Smith wrecked off Smith Island Station, Virginia in a dense fog.

December 7, 1968
Attorney and pilot Ed Nabb made his first Holly Run to Tangier Island. Each year a squadron of small planes brings holly to decorate the churches and homes there. Santa tags a long to visit the kids too. It still continues with volunteers today.

December 7, 1787
Delegates meeting at a tavern in Dover signed documents making Delaware the first state to ratify the US Constitution.

December 8, 1963
Lightning caused the crash of a jet airliner killing 81 persons at Elkton, Maryland.

December 9, 1983
Chesapeake Bay Agreement to improve water quality and living resources of Bay signed by Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, District of Columbia, Chesapeake Bay Commission, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The agreement was updated again on December 14, 1987.

December 11, 1863
Birthdate of Annie Jump Cannon of Dover, Delaware, an American astronomer who with Edward C. Pickering, is credited with the creation of the first serious attempt to organize and classify stars based on their temperatures.

December 11, 1901
The outer breakwater at Lewes (aka the National Harbor of Refuge) completed.

December 14, 1905
A schooner, the Pendleton Sisters wrecked at Metomkin Island, Virginia during a Nor'Easter.

December 15, 1864
During this month, General B. F. Butler, the Union commander for the Eastern Shore of Virginia, declared that no preachers could preach unless they took an oath of allegiance to the United States.

December 24, 1673
Lord Baltimore's soldiers from nearby Maryland raided and burned buildings in Whorekill, Delaware.

December 26, 1812
The British declared a state of blockade on the Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay which lasted until Christmas day in 1814 with the signing of the treaty at Ghent which ended the war.

December 27, 1884
The Norwegian Bark Lena, broke apart after hitting the shoals off Hog Island Station, Virginia taking the lives of eight men.

Wildlife In Season

In the bare branches this month you can see cardinals, woodpeckers, flickers, and yellow bellied sap suckers. Along the water look for loons, grebes, and king fishers. The many different types of waterfowl are starting to arrive including hooded and common merganser, widgeon, teal, scaup and black ducks.

Delmarva's Night Sky

In the bare branches this month you can see cardinals, woodpeckers, flickers, and yellow bellied sap suckers. Along the water look for loons, grebes, and king fishers. The many different types of waterfowl are starting to arrive including hooded and common merganser, widgeon, teal, scaup and black ducks.

Find out more on the Rhythms & Tides page.


Holidays This Month


December 1 - AIDS Awareness Day
December 1 - The Prophet's Birthday (Muslim)
December 3 - First Sunday of Advent (Christian)
December 7 - Pearl Harbor Day
December 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Christian)
December 10 - Human Rights Day
December 13 - Chanukah/Hanukkah begins (Judaism)
December 15 - Bill of Rights Day
December 20 - Last Day of Chanukah (Judaism)
December 21 - Winter Solstice
December 23 - Festivus
December 24 - Christmas Eve (Christian)
December 25 - Christmas Day (Christian)
December 26 - January1 - Kwanzaa
December 31 - New Year's Eve

Birthstone: Turquoise
Flower: Narcissus

Astrological Signs - Sagittarius: November 22 - December 21, Capricorn: December 22 - January 19

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