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 June

June 1, 1870
During this month, the first ocean resort opened in Rehoboth Beach, followed five years later by the "Ladies Resort To The Ocean" in Ocean City.

June 1, 1900
A new trespassing law went into effect in Maryland making it illegal to cross or enter someone's property without their permission. The same legislation required hunters to have written permission to hunt on lands they do not own.

June 2, 1608
Captain John Smith left the fort at Cape Henry Virginia to begin his exploration of the Chesapeake Bay and landed at Cape Charles where they met native people who led him to a friendly and informative visit with their king in Accomack.

June 3, 1918
The oil tanker Herbert L. Pratt, was damaged after hitting a mine laid down by German submarine in the waters off Cape Henlopen.

June 6, 1933
Delaware held a referendum on the prohibition of alcohol sales. The repeal of the 18th Amendment allowed local jurisdictions to choose whether to prohibit and regulate alcohol sales. The voters in Delaware voted to reject prohibition.

June 6, 1977
During a severe thunderstorm a forty-two foot fishing boat capsized near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel drowning 13 of the 27 persons on board.

June 7, 1775
A mass meeting was held in Snow Hill, Maryland where a set of resolutions were written to support of the common rights they held with their rebelling "brethren" in Massachusetts experiencing the tyranny of the crown.

June 11, 1963
In Cambridge, Maryland, race riots erupted after anti-discrimination legislation was made optional depending on the local county. The city was forced by the Federal government to enact desegregation policies. The National Guard remained through May 1965 to prevent further violence.

June 12, 1978
James Michener's work of historical fiction, Chesapeake, was published, running for 18 weeks on the Publisher's Weekly Best Sellers List. Most of the action in the story takes place around the Choptank River. Michener lived near there for two years doing research for the novel.

June 15, 1776
Delaware Assembly declares independence from England. This is the origin of the holiday called Separation Day.

June 18, 1774
A meeting was held at Melvill's Warehouse in Caroline County where resolutions were adopted to appoint delegates to the first Continental Congress.

June 18, 1938
The Wilmington Star reported that many art luminaries attended the dedication on this day of the recently renovated studio cottage of the Rehoboth Art League. The organization had only been formed the previous Fall and already had over 200 members.

June 18, 1878
U.S. Life-Saving Service created as a separate agency within the U.S. Treasury Department by congress and President Rutherford B. Hayes.

June 20, 1632
The Maryland Charter was granted to Cecilius Calvert, 2nd Lord Baltimore, by Charles I, King of Great Britain.

June 22, 1937
The workers of the Phillips Packing Company in Cambridge, Maryland went on strike for higher wages, an eight hour day, and the right to form a union.

June 22, 1807
The British ship HMS Leopard attacked the USF Chesapeake off Virginia's Cape, looking for British deserters.

June 24, 1944
One thousand German prisoners of war captured in Africa were delivered by train to the detention center Camp Somerset in Westover, Maryland. POW's were contracted out to local farmers, canners, and lumber operations for eight cents a day.

June 25, 1668
Edmond Scarborough and Phillip Calvert reached an agreement defining the line between Virginia and Maryland's Eastern Shore as it now exists today.

June 26, 1776
The last colonial governor of Maryland, Baron Robert Eden, escaped by way of the Chesapeake Bay on the HMS Fowey after various rebel factions threatened to take over the Maryland government.

June 27, 1861
A "peace convention" was held on the Dover Green, where Delaware residents urged that Southern States be allowed to secede peacefully from the Union.

June 28, 2000
The Chesapeake Bay Agreement, signed by Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, District of Columbia, Chesapeake Bay Commission, and US Environmental Protection Agency to establish regional standards for Bay restoration.

June 28, 1973
The westbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge opened.

June 30, 1964
A year after the funding had been secured the Cape May-Lewes Ferry was dedicated and ferry service began across the Delaware Bay.

June 30, 1744
Native-American chiefs of the Six Nations relinquished by treaty all claims to land in the colony when the Assembly purchased last Indian land claims in Maryland.

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