Society seeks history of Brookview, Eldorado

Submitted to Dorchester Banner/DCHS
The Brookview Bridge spans the Marshyhope Creek at Brookview in North Dorchester County. Local historians are working to collect information on the area.

BROOKVIEW — The Dorchester County Historical Society (DCHS) has been working since April of this year to collect history about Brookview and Eldorado, located in the northeastern part of the county known as the Fork District. Local residents are being asked to contribute what they know about the area.

In the spring, there were a couple of meetings held in hopes of capturing stories and photos about the people, places and happenings in that area. Understanding that there is much more work to be done, DCHS will hold a meeting on Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. in the Robbins Heritage Center in Cambridge.

“This meeting will be a casual, history-gathering affair and the hope is that people who may have been born and raised in the Brookview/Eldorado area may join in to share information, stories and more,” a statement from organizers said. “As well as the families who settled this area, the Native American history of the Fork District is indisputable. More information on these first people would be welcome too.”

Any materials that visitors may bring can be scanned and/or photographed for others to see and use. DCHS maintains a research library that will be helpful for those wishing to dig into family history.

“I would like to see history of the Rehobeth House on Puckum Road. You can see it from the Brookview bridge down the Marshyhope,” Donna Knight posted on the DCHS’s Facebook page. “I would love to tour the property.”

Gail Muhler Abe followed that comment, saying, “I’m interested if there is a house tour also. I believe my fourth great-grandfather, Ezekiel Smith Reed, lived there with his mother, Nancy Smith Reed Turpin and stepfather Francis Turpin. In the 1820’s, Ezekiel and his stepbrother John Beauchamp Turpin left on a ship headed to the West Indies and was never heard from again. I would love to find a newspaper article or records mentioning this.”

The society was formed in 1953 by a small group interested in preserving the rich history of the region. Its campus is known as the Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester and is the base of operations for the DCHS, a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization.

The DCHS is at 1003 Greenway Drive in Cambridge. For more information, call 410-228-7953. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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