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21620           Chestertown:         Resting on the banks of the Chester River this Colonial Town has the unique history of being the site of the other Tea Party.  Today in the home port of the sailing Schooner Sultana and within the vicinity of Washington’s College the community joins together here to recreate that exciting day in 1774 when the towns good citizens met and set a resolve to forbid the importing, selling or consuming tea in Chestertown.  Beginning in 1965 and every year there after the town celebrates and reenacts according to local legend the march of the good citizens of Chestertown down High Street on to the docks and up to the brigantine Geddes and promptly tossed her of tea overboard.

21622           Church Creek       Five miles south of Cambridge on the shores of the creek with the same name sits one of the first five towns in Dorchester County. Now the gateway to the 23,000 acre wildlife preserves known as Blackwater Wildlife Refuge.  Church Creek is the home to the Old Trinity Church which was established in 1675. It was through here that Harriet Tubman (the Moses of the South) led her charges through the swamps in the start of the Underground Railroad.

21619           Chester                 Located on Kent Island just over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge this lovely town is known as the garden gateway to the Eastern Shore.  Many waterfront restaurants and marinas are but of a few of the amenities to this town.

21624           Claiborne              Here lived Matthew Tilghman, a planter and a patriot who is often referred to as “The Father of the Revolution in Maryland” at Rich Neck Manor from 1718 to 1790. His son Col. Tench Tilghman was the aid de camp to Gen George Washington. The town was founded when in 1890 when the U.S. Postal Service made it official but the town was here long before. It was from Rich Neck Manor that Matthew Tilghman wrote the State of Maryland’s first constitution after returning from the continental congress in 1776. For some time the town was a huge port for passengers crossing the Chesapeake Bay and then taking the train east.  British vessels sailed pass the protected harbor of Claiborne (so Named it is believed because William Claiborne hid his ships here during times of storms in 1631) during the war of 1812 and landed a militia at the town now called McDaniel within sight of Claiborne.  The town was designed with a large town square for public buildings, which never materialized despite Joseph Towis slogan young man don’t go west they go to Claiborne.

21625           Cordova                In 1765 Father Joseph Mosley a Catholic priest established a mission here in a farm house as the Puritans were in control of Lord Baltimore’s land grant and Catholics’ were not allowed to build churches, so the mission was first in his home. Lord Baltimore had established Maryland as a colony where religious tolerances was practiced until the puritans, who were once welcomed, were not as agreeable when they rose to power. The loop hole was that there was no interference to religion in the home. Father Mosley is one of the three priests who were interred under the chapel. Cordova grew and in 1869 the railroad station was built on the line from Easton to Wilmington Delaware.  Today one of Talbot County’s Blue Ribbon Schools is located here. Since 1868, excepting the war years, a jousting tournament is held here on the first Wednesday of August

21629           Denton                 Located on the upper shores of the Choptank River Denton was formed in 1774 at Melville’s as a charter from the Maryland legislature. The warehouse was the first court house but the   conflict with Great Britain postpones the construction of the   court house at Edenton soon shortened to Denton until 1791. w Unfortunately in 1863 the town was occupied by Union troops who were stationed in town to put down any uprising from the citizens who may have had allegiance to the South during “The War of Northern Aggression” the court house became a target when a July 4th fireworks display celebrating the United States, accidentally set a fire which burned the court house, a hotel and several businesses. There are many fine Victorian homes built here and a wonderful Museum of Farm life on the shore.

21601       Easton                         Easton was first a Quaker meeting house first founded in 1682 and later augmented by the construction of first Talbot Court house built in 1711. Easton was officially known as the Eastern Shores "Little Capital" in the June 20th 1733 report of the Maryland Gazette when then Governor Horatio Sharpe put up a purse of twenty pounds for a horse race adjacent to the Court House grounds which attracted almost one thousand contestants. The town of Easton was officially laid out by George Washington's friend and Oxford Port Captain Jeremiah Banning who repaid his friends patronage by naming the main street after him. The Name Easton is believed to be from East Town but by 1794 when the new court house was built the maps of the area show what was cow's Landing to be Easton Point. The first newspaper Maryland Herald and Eastern Shore Intelligencer was started in 1790 and by 1794 it had forty businesses advertizing in it. Easton has always boasted of the fine medical practice and in 1796 there were six doctors in residence by 1927 there was the McQueen Gibbs School of Nursing and what now Memorial Hospital is. The first airport was established on the grounds of Radcliff Manor by Malcolm and Stephen Hathaway who operated the Tred Avon Flying Service. Today the Easton airport has enlarged the runways that were built by prisoners of war to accommodate large private jets. The completion of the Choptank Bridge which was dedicated by FDR to demonstrate how effective his programs of the new deal were was linked by the completion of the single lane Memorial Bay in 1952. Today visitors can enjoy the waterfowl festival in early November that was started in 1971 and the Hog Neck Golf course or the Talbot Community Center with curling and ice skating facilities. The dual pool YMCA was established in 1983 and all of Talbot County was brought to the literary forefront when James Mitchner's book Chesapeake was published in 1978. Today there are numerous superior restaurants and lodging facilities to compete with the Arts, Music and Theater performances in the Historic Avalon Theater.


21654           Oxford                  A Spanish expedition had visited this area and a map dated 1593 found in Madrid, Spain had Oxford identified on the map along with what is now San Jose, New Mexico and St. Augustine, Florida. Formerly established in 1683 Oxford was well known as a port in the new world the 20 years before.  Citizen Robert Morris Sr. an Englishman working for Cunliff and Whales established a trading post here. Mr. Morris Sr. made his fortune selling Max cloth to the English army during the French and Indian War. His son Robert Morris Jr. had other ideas and friends in the new colonies and became known as the financier of the American Revolution. Another early notable was Rev. Thomas Bacon who wrote the first compilation of the laws of Maryland.  Today many restaurants and marinas are nestled in on the Banks of the Tred Avon River. Should you be arriving by Boat call Tom Campbell of Campbell’s Boat Yard at 410-226 5105 or arrange to stay with Dan or Lisa at the Oxford Inn 410-226-5220 (She is a great cook) and visit Victor at the Highland Creamery for some of the very best ice cream and fudge 410-924-6298 or catch the locals at the waters edge with Bill Breaux and his crew at Schooners landing 410-226-0160 for some tasty crabs and beer.

21657           Queen Anne         Founded in 1864 where Jacob Margin built the Mansion House. In 1882 The Pennsylvania railroad laid track here going east and the Queen Anne station was built.  Also located on the upper reaches of Tuckahoe Creek it was a port to ship grain down to the Choptank River and to Cambridge.

21658           Queenstown          Established in 1707 as Queen Anne’s town it was abbreviated to Queenstown in 1710 and was the County Seat until 1782 when the court house was moved to Centerville.  Today the restored court house acts as a museum for early American life. It was during the British Invasion of 1813 when the Manor House of Bowlingly was sacked. Residents had fled to Centerville for protection.  The town continued to grow though the depression and war years and is now home to the Queenstown Bank and the Queenstown Harbor Golf Links.410-827-6611

21660           Ridgley                 Founded in 1867 in a grain field and lay out by the railroad tracks the Station at the town was built to transfer the produce that was so successful raised here that today the town is called the Strawberry Capital of the World.  The unusually wide tree lined streets are highlighted by Victorian Homes and has a unique village like atmosphere.

21662           Royal Oak            General Benson raised a company of soldiers at Bartlett’s Oak locally known as the Royal Oak which has become the name of the town today.  General Benson is Berried here he became the General as he defeated the British in there attempt to raise St Michaels in the war of 1812. Another Notable personage was Mr. Jeremiah Banning who lived at the Isthmus was appointer by President Washington to be the collector of Taxes for the Port of Oxford. His early office for tax collection for the Port of Oxford still stands today. If you are in the area there is Bella Luna a terrific Italian Bistro here which is a delight to eat at 410-745-6100

21663           St. Michaels          First reported by Captain John Smith as a delightful spot during the summer of 1608 a trading post was established here by 1631 and grew so that in 1778 James Braddock an early developer subdivided a planned community of 58 lots.  St. Michaels was so called because the local Quaker Community would not write Saint. The Town continued on as a growing community and many of Clipper Ships and early soling vessels of the Chesapeake Bay were built here. During the War of 1812 (August of 1813) British Barges had planned to attack the town and its harbor. It is said that General Benson had the town put out all the lights and to fool the British the local militia hung Lanterns in the Trees before town in the woods of the Estate of Old Martingham. When the British arrived and fired on the town they were happy with the harassment and sailed off north.  Gen. Bensons plan seemed to have worked as only one home was hit from the British bombardment, today it is known as the Cannonball home. A visitor here would enjoy the Inn at Perry Cabin 410-745-2200 or the Bistro 410-745-9111on Talbot Street between all the shops or just relax and learn at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum 410-745-2916.

21617           Tilghman               Settled by Seth foster in 1659 when he purchased the land from the Choptank Indians. During the War of 1812 the English occupied the Island and used it as a supply base. It was here that America had one of the first radio stations built on Black Water Point now a retired Coast Guard Station used as a bed and breakfast. The Potomac a presidential yacht often visited here and today the Harrison’s Country Inn and Sport Fishing Center runs a great family style restaurant and a charter boat fishing service for those who wish to catch their own dinner call 410-886 2662 ask for Capt. Buddy.

21673           Trappe                  Certainly Captain John Smith passed by as he explored the bay for the British, but it was most likely traders from the Virginian William Claiborne’s settlement at the end of Kent Island who named this area. The story is told of one Thomas Youall who lead an expedition along the rivers of what is now Talbot County looking for Indians with whom to engage in trade with for the lucrative furs of that time. The story revolves around the traders looking for Indians and then finding them but the trade the Indians had in mind was to capture the traders first. The traders were exploring this port of the Choptank River when they were set upon by some 200 to 300 Indians. A fight broke out as it became evident that the Indians were intent upon capturing them. Had the early traders not had favorable breeze, and a recently constructed boat combined with their desire not to stay were they delivered to safety.  Hence the name Trappe. The actor Robert Mitchum once lived here in Trappe at the Manor Belmont and in his honor there is a terrific Steak House here named after him Mitchum’s 410-476-3902

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