Remembering Dorchester, week of May 16, 2018

Taken from Cambridge Maryland Memories Facebook page. Submitted by Jay McCarter.

Taken from Cambridge Maryland Memories Facebook page. Submitted by Jay McCarter.

From the pages of The Banner

42 years ago
The Maryland Fisheries Administration has proposed to reclassify 961 acres of Choptank River bottom from natural oyster bars to public clamming bottom in an area between Todds Point and Castle Haven Point.

In a letter to Senator Frederick C. Malkus, Fisheries Administration chief Robert Rubelmann said, “Additional areas in the Choptank River are also being surveyed and changes in the bottom classification will be proposed if the date indicate such a need.”

Should the Choptank bottom be classed for public clamming, Senator Malkus said, “It would eliminate these people who have grown oysters in the past from ever growing them again.” He asserted that clammers’ rigs in one year could damage river bottom for a lifetime.


Sharon Jackson inked her name into the record books of the Dorchester County Women’s Softball League. Jackson tossed a sparkling no-hitter as Wire Cloth romped to a 25-0 victory over Memorial Hospital. In addition to keeping the hospital off the scoreboard, Jackson socked a home run.

In other action, Kool Ice used three-run rallies in the second and fifth innings, and a five-run spree in the sixth to knock off Neck District. Pauline Camper belted a home run for Kool Ice, who also received triples from Virginia Camper, Dorothy Bryan and Alice Johnson, and doubles from Gladys Edmond, Flora Sharp, Ghemaine Waller and Monica Fisher. Doris Murray was the winning pitcher.

49 years ago

A look at Dorchester settlements

Yarmouth – Hugh Eccleston’s family estate was called “Yarmouth,” sometimes pronounced, “Yarmie.” In modern times, it is called, “The White House.”

Eccleston, a prominent leader in local government, amassed more than 1,000 acres along the Transquaking River. The house itself is circa 1720-1730 and looks much as did originally.

Patty Cannon is said to have used the house as one of her stations for hiding free Negroes who were being transported south to be sold as slaves. For many years, a tunnel was purported to have run from the main house to the wharves at the shore. Conjectures include that the tunnel was used in case of Indian attack or that Patty Cannon used it to move her captives to schooners that waited to carry them southward.

Yarmouth was replete with nearby shipyards, grinding mills, wharves, and a hand-dug canal connecting the manor house with Fishing Bay, although it is highly doubtful that large boats used it because of the presence of submerged stones.

Cabin Creek – In 1877, Cabin Creek, a small village located on a small creek of the same name, was a thriving community. A one-room school, Baptist church, Methodist Protestant church, several stores and a mill were located here.

Like many other small communities in North Dorchester, Cabin Creek was a crossroads serving a large rural area. Many of the Wright family had settled near here, giving their name to roads, wharves, and the local institutions.

Some of the other early Cabin Creek names were Vickers, Webster, Mowbray, Fletcher, Andrews, Collins, Jones and Matthews.


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Rob Roy has played a very important part in Dorchester’s economy. On the other hand, Dorchester has been good to us. It’s been a perfect example of teamwork. We’re proud of our employees and we hope we will have many more years together.

In Cambridge, Rob Roy plants are located at Race Street and Goodwill Avenue.

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