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.

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Delmarva History In February

February 2, 1781
Maryland became the 13th state to approve the ratification of the Articles of Confederation.

February 3, 1913
Delaware became the 36th state to ratify 16th Amendment to U.S. Constitution allowing for the collection of a federal income tax, which was the number of states needed to make it official.

February 5, 1813
Chesapeake Bay under British blockade attempting to prevent local privateers from attacking British merchant vessels.

February 5, 1862
The "Eastern Shore Refugees" were organized by Captain John H. White in Norfolk, Virginia. Almost 80 men, from Accomack and Northampton counties, first served with the Confederate Army at New Church until the Union occupied Virginia's Eastern Shore when they fled Delmarva and joined up with Confederate forces across the Chesapeake.

February 5, 6, & 10, 2010
The Great Blizzards of 2010 dump over two feet of snow on most of Delmarva.

February 8, 1976
Heiress Louisa d'Andelot Carpenter died in a crash of her private plane near her Easton, Maryland, farm at the age of 68.

February 7, 1815
A British raiding party from the warship HMS Dauntless was stopped on Slaughter Creek by ice flows with seven stolen sheep and two captured house servants from local farms. Private Joseph Stewart and a company from the 48th Maryland Militia engaged the crew of the ship in gun fire and after two hours captured her.

February 10, 1972
Earth tremor at Wilmington, Delaware, felt as far as Elkton, Maryland.

February 12, 1865
Henry Highland Garnet was the first black minister to preach to Congress. He was a Kent County, Maryland native and a former slave.

February 14, 1818
Abolitionist Frederick Douglass was born a slave at Holmes Hill Farm, near Easton, Maryland. His actual birth date was not recorded. He is said to have adopted this date because his mother called him "my little valentine".

February 16, 1804
Lieutenant Stephen Decatur (& Berlin, Maryland native), leads a raid of volunteers from frigate Constitution and schooner Enterprise, burned the captured frigate Philadelphia in Tripoli Harbor.

February 16, 1669
Dorchester County, Maryland established.

February 18, 1662
Talbot County, Maryland established.

February 19, 1957
The Holland Island Bar lighthouse, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland was accidently hit by three Navy aircraft performing night target practice.

February 21, 1882
Sloop Dauntless wrecked near Chincoteague, Virginia in foul weather.

February 22, 1892
Spanish steamship San Albano ran aground on the outer shoals of Hog Island, Virginia.

February 22, 1900
Nathaniel Hopkins passed away. He was known affectionately in Talbot County as "Uncle Nace". After serving in the Civil War he helped organize other newly freed blacks in southern Talbot County and was instrumental in setting up their first school.

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