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 May

May 1898
The postmaster of Onancock, Virginia agreed to deliver mail on Sundays to accommodate families looking for war news of their loved ones deployed in the war with Spain. It was also reported that one E.T. Tunnell of nearby Wattsville was killed in the battle of Cardenas May 11, 1898.

May 3, 1898
Two freight trains collided near Machipongo, Virginia, derailing four cars. The only injury was a broken arm for a boy named Clarence Parsons who was stealing a ride from Salisbury.

May 3, 1912
Presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt visited Salisbury drawing a very large crowd of Maryland and Delaware residents from the area. Many in the crowd were wearing Wilson buttons, so the reception was polite though not enthusiastic. He went on to win the popular vote in the Republican primary but was defeated by incumbent President Taft at the convention.

May 6, 1813
British forces attacked and burned Fredericktown (in Cecil County) and Georgetown (in Kent County). Heroic Kitty Knight defended the home of an elderly neighbor berating Admiral George Cockburn into ordering anymore burning stopped. She then put out the fire at her home with a broom.

May 6, 1846
William Temple, Speaker of the State House, was appointed the governor of Delaware after the successive deaths in office of the elected Governor, Thomas Stockton, and his constitutional successor, the Speaker of the State Senate, Joseph Maull. Temple only serve eight months until the next governor could be duly elected.

May 6, 1916
First ship-to-shore radio telephone voice conversation from USS New Hampshire off Virginia Capes to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels in Washington, DC.

May 9, 1922
The International Astronomical Union adopted Dover Delaware native Anna Jump Cannon's stellar classification system. It is still the basis for star classification today.

May 11, 1774
The Pennsylvania Gazette reported that the commercial British vessel the Severn, on its way to Philadelphia sank during in a storm in the Roosevelt Inlet at Lewes, Delaware.

May 14, 1963
Gloria Richardson, one of the founders of the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee, was arrested for trespassing when attempting to be served at a local restaurant in Cambridge, Maryland. This and other events set off a series of riots which resulted in the Maryland National Guard being brought in through May 1965.

May 14, 1945
The crew of a German submarine, the U-858, was taken to the Fort Miles Army dock after surrendering to U.S. Marines upon hearing of Germany's surrender at the end of World War II.

May 15, 1891
The Delaware General Assembly established the State College for Colored Students (now known as Delaware State College), under the provisions of the 1862 Morrill Land-Grant Act of the U.S. Congress.

May 20, 1815
Commodore Stephen Decatur native of Berlin (Sinepuxent), Maryland, sails with 10 ships to suppress Mediterranean pirates' raids on U.S. shipping.

May 23, 1774
In solidarity with the Boston Tea Party, a protest against British taxes, the citizens of Chestertown, Maryland enacted a set of "Resolves" forbidding all sale and use of tea in Chestertown. In broad daylight and without disguise they boarded the British brigantine the Geddes and dumped her cargo of tea in their harbor.

May 25, 1798
The HMS DeBraak, a Sloop-of-War of the Dutch Royal Navy, sank off Cape Henlopen after "a sudden flaw of wind" losing thirty-five crew members, and twelve Spanish prisoners.

May 28, 1909
Humphrey’s Dam burst, flooded Salisbury.

May 30, 1806
Caroline County native, Charles Dickinson lost a duel with future President Andrew Jackson at Harrison's Mills, Logan, Kentucky.

May 30, 1814
The Battle of Pungoteague or the Battle of Rumley's Gut was fought by Lower Shore Virginia militias against the British who had occupied Tangier Island and were said to be training slaves to invade the mainland.

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