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 August

August 1, 1859
The first lighting of the Fenwick Island Lighthouse was on this date.

August 4, 1861
Several parties of armed Secessionists on the Eastern Shore of Virginia were dispersed by Union troops.

August 5, 1690
The first colonial criminal court hearing in Dorchester County, Maryland was held in Cambridge. One woman was fined 500 pounds of tobacco for having a child out of wedlock. Another was whipped for the same offence. And several people were fined for not providing labor to clear a local road.

August 5, 1813
British boats under the command of Colonel Sidney Beckwith occupied Kent Island Maryland staying until August 27.

August 8, 1941
Fort Miles was named in honor of Lieutenant-General Nelson A. Miles. The fort was created as the Harbor Entrance Control Post to protect the Delaware Bay and River.

August 9, 1815
Berlin, Maryland native, Captain Stephen Decatur concludes a treaty for the United States with Tripoli.

August 10, 1813
Residents of Saint Michaels learned of an impending British attack. Townspeople kept their homes dark then tied lanterns to tree branches and the tops of ship masts. This fooled the British into overshooting the town. Only one house was hit by the bombardment.

August 11, 1974
54 boats competed in the first White Marlin Open. Wince Sorenson of Bowie, Maryland was its first place winner earning a prize of $5,000.

August 13, 1813
In the Battle of Slippery Hill, the Queen Anne's County militia skirmished with approximately 300 British troops in Queenstown then, withdrew to Centreville.

August 15, 1919
Floods in Caroline County broke dams, swept away bridges, damaged roads, homes, and crops.

August 15, 1951
The Delaware Memorial Bridge opened to traffic connecting New Castle, Delaware, and Pennsville, New Jersey.

August 17, 1862
Union troops arrived at the wharf in Denton on the steamboat Balloon to arrest twelve prominent local citizens and take them to Fort McHenry in Baltimore where they were jailed on suspicion of being Confederate collaborators.

August 19, 1989
Thunderstorms in southeastern Delaware washed out fourteen bridges and damaged twenty-six major roads.

August 20, 1866
Troops were sent to Drummondtown, on the eastern shore of Virginia, to suppress violence between the whites and blacks.

August 21, 1888
Waterspouts were seen over the Chesapeake Bay as tornados erupted across Maryland and Delaware.

August 23, 1933
A hurricane of destroyed much of downtown Ocean City and created a new inlet at South Second Street.

August 24, 1682
After the British secured the colony from the Dutch, The Duke of York awarded William Penn a deed to the "Three Lower Counties" that make up the present state of Delaware. Pen renamed St. Jones County: Kent County.

August 24, 1891
95 acres of the Nicholas Loockerman plantation where slaves were once kept, were purchased to establishing the "Delaware College for Colored Students."

August 25, 1777
Sir William Howe's detachment of British and Hessian troops landed on the Elk River and beginning the campaign which resulted in the capture of Philadelphia.

August 26, 1813
General Perry Benson, with a militia, of 600 men from the nearby region, halted a British force of 1,800 in the Battle of St. Michaels.

August 27, 2011
During Hurricane Irene, the inlet light and channel marker were sheared off the breakwater. Nearby, the fishing pier sustained structural damage as well.

August 27, 1665
The first recorded play production in the United States ("The Bear & The Cub") was presented in Pungoteague, Virginia.

August 27, 1610
English Captain Samuel Argall, anchors in Delaware Bay and names the area in honor of the Lord de la Warre, Sir Thomas West, Governor of Virginia. This lead to "de la Warre" and later Delaware being applied to the Bay and River.

August 27, 1698
Two unidentified ships led by a French pirate named Canoot raided Lewes, Delaware, and picked the town clean of anything that could be carried off including the clothes in the cupboards.

August 28, 1609
Captain Henry Hudson, an Englishman in the employ of the Dutch discovers the entrance to Delaware Bay, never mind that native peoples had been living here for many centuries.

August 30, 1781
A 24-ship French naval force arrived at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay to later defeat a British fleet at the battle of Virginia Capes.

August 31, 1814
British troops came ashore and attacked an encamped regiment in the Battle of Caulk's Field near Chestertown, Maryland.

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