A skipjack captain, and a praise-worthy caper

Bay Journal News ServiceDEAL ISLAND — This is the story of a gift of Chesapeake waters, no less important than any bounty of seafood. It’s about Art — the late Art Daniels Jr., that is, legendary Deal Island oyster dredger, captain for more than half a century of the skipjack City of Crisfield.It’s also about […]

Heritage Area opportunities include mini-grants, MHAA funding

CAMBRIDGE — It’s time to begin planning heritage projects in Dorchester County. Two approaching grant opportunities – for local heritage mini-grants and for Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) grants – benefit nonprofit organizations and municipalities in the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area (HCCHA). Additionally, for those interested in more information about applying for MHAA […]

Bucktown Village preserves Tubman legacy

BUCKTOWN — The monthly Heritage Partner Spotlight focuses on our Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area (HCCHA) partners and how they have supported heritage tourism in Dorchester County with a project funded by either a Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) grant or a HCCHA mini-grant. This month’s spotlight shines on the Bucktown Village Foundation, a […]

Former Banner owner Stevens dies at 100

CAMBRIDGE — A giant of local leadership, both in journalism and community causes, has passed away.Herman J. Stevens, 100, died Oct. 29 at his home.He was born May 30, 1920 in Cambridge, son of the late Herman Stevens and Edna Jackson Stevens. His wife, Nettie Belle James Stevens predeceased him in 2018. Mr. Stevens worked […]

2020 Day of Resilience: Tubman’s message celebrated in sculpture

CAMBRIDGE — There is struggle against injustice, but there is also triumph over adversity.Organized by Alpha Genesis Community Development Corporation, the 2020 Day of Resilience took place Saturday, in honor of African-Americans’ history in Dorchester County and around the nation. The day-long celebration of Black culture began with the unveiling of a sculpture of Harriet […]

Wesley Chapel has served since the 1880s

ANDREWS — Wesley Chapel, known formally as Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church, is located along the road between the Andrews crossroads and Wingate in the Lake District, and it is a distinctive architectural and historical landmark in the area. It is a relatively unaltered late nineteenth century Gothic Revival influenced church. The rectangular main block, similar […]

Blackwater Refuge is site of historic cemetery

GOLDEN HILL — Visitors to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge sometimes ask about the small cemetery located along the Pollinator Sanctuary Trail, on the left after the fee station along the Wildlife Drive.The cemetery predates the establishment of the Refuge by 119 years, a statement from Friends of Blackwater NWR said last week. Some of the […]

Continuing the traditions of their ancestors

The Dorchester County Tourism Department’s monthly Heritage Partner Spotlight focuses on the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area (HCCHA) partners and how they have supported heritage tourism in Dorchester County with a project funded by either a Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) grant or a HCCHA mini-grant. This month’s spotlight shines on the Nause-Waiwash Band […]

Wooden boatbuilding alive and well in Md.

ST. MICHAELS — Enter the working shipyard at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s, Md. and you will discover a community of shipwrights and apprentices of different generations working together through a shared appreciation for craftsmanship, resourcefulness and the smell of freshly planed wood. It is a rare sight to see in this […]

Pollitt Bible: Rich in African-American family history

SALISBURY — The Pollitt Family Bible is a gift that keeps on giving for researching the past and engaging with 18th century Black history on Delmarva. One page, recorded next to the beginning of the New Testament, documents the names and birthdays of the children of Titus Pollitt, a statement from the Edward H. Nabb […]