HERITAGE: Telling Delmarva's Story


Thomas Savage - American Dreamer

This is the story of Thomas Savage who was probably the first permanent English settler here on Virginia's Eastern Shore.


Rev. Charles A. Tindley

This is the story of one of America's great gospel music composers and a Delmarva native.


Assateague Island’s Early Beginnings

Assateague Island is 37 miles long and actually home to three separately managed parks. The story of how it got divvied up goes back a few hundred years.


Edmund Scarborough & Ann Toft

This is the story about colonial Delmarva’s power couple Edmund Scarborough and Ann Toft.


Delmarva River & Bay Pilots

Learn about the people responsible for guiding ships through our rivers and bays.


Absalom Jones & Richard Allen

It is interesting to note how many people from Delmarva have had a profound impact on the early Civil Rights movement.


Delmarva’s Whispering Giants

In two of Delmarva’s Beach towns there are large statues honoring the native peoples of this region One is in Bethany Beach and the other is in Ocean City. These are part of a series of statues called the Trail of Whispering Giants.


Delmarva Witchtrials

With Halloween just a few days away it is that time of year we indulge in scary stories. Delmarva has many ghostly legends chronicled in books and now by tour guides across the region. We also have a small history of witchcraft.


A Short History of The Rehoboth Art League

Since its founding the Rehoboth Art League has provided a variety of art learning experiences for artists and art enthusiasts.


Slavery On Delmarva

Racial conflict continues to be a big part of our public discourse. It is hard to deny that our heritage of state sanctioned slavery is at root of these tensions. This is a brief overview of the history of slavery on Delmarva.

Archived Stories

Delmarva History In September

September 1, 1920
The USSS S-5 a Navy submarine off the Delaware Capes for sea trials was ordered to crash dive. A crewman who was distracted by issues with one set of valves forgot to close another. The sub's crew were trapped underwater will a diminishing air supply until a small wooden freighter named Alanthus heard their radio call and came to their rescue.

September 3, 1777
The Battle of Cooch's Bridge in Newark, was the only battle of the American Revolutionary War fought on Delaware soil, and though the day was lost to the British it was the first time that the Stars and Stripes was flown in battle.

September 3, 1838
Tuckahoe, Maryland native Frederick Douglass escaped from his slave owners leaving Baltimore for New York.

September 5, 1781
The Battle of the Chesapeake which took place near the mouth of Chesapeake Bay prevented the Royal Navy from reinforcing and led to the decisive siege of Yorktown and rebel independence.

September 5, 1938
Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave a political speech in Denton, Maryland, to celebrate Labor Day and campaign in the primary of a "friendly" Democrat running for congress.

September 9, 1944
The "Great Atlantic Hurricane" caused 63 million dollars damage and killed 22 people along the Chesapeake Bay.

September 10, 1889
Hurricane force winds caused heavy property damage from the Eastern Shore of Virginia north to coastal Delaware with some ships being sunk. The wharves at Onancock, Virginia, were completely submerged during high tides.

September 10, 1888
The British schooner Elk was ran aground and was stranded on Parramore Beach, Virginia. Despite the heavy storm all hands were rescued.

September 12, 1777
British win the Battle of the Brandywine, capture federation President John McKinly, and occupy Wilmington until mid October.

September 15, 1903
A deadly hurricane pounded Delmarva shorelines. On the schooner Hattie A. Marsh five perished when it broke up along the Delaware capes. On the Wicomico River, in Salisbury, Maryland several schooners broke from their moorings, smashing them downstream. And several miles north of Chincoteague, Virginia, the fishing schooner Beatrice was lost taking with it a crew of 30 hands.

September 19, 1936
A hurricane hit Ocean City, Maryland destroying much of the oceanfront boardwalk and fishing pier.

September 19, 1676
During Bacon's rebellion, a conflict over support for landowners against native peoples and the Dutch, Jamestown was burned and Governor William Berkeley was forced to flee to Virginia's Eastern Shore. Rebels attacking him there were defeated enabling his return to power.

September 22, 1785
During a tropical gale, the brig Nancy, coming from Madeira with a cargo of wine, was broken up on the Virginia Capes killing all but two aboard.

September 24, 1927
An army dirigible (or blimp) crashed in the woods five miles east of Salisbury, Maryland.

September 28, 1806
The schooner Charming Mary sank north of Chincoteague, Virginia, during a hurricane.

September 30, 1924
The Cape Henlopen lighthouse was lit for the last time.

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