Dorchester’s Country Churches: Taylors Island Chapel of Ease dates to early days

TAYLORS ISLAND — Estimated to date to the third quarter of the eighteenth century, the structural frame of the Taylors Island Chapel of Ease reflects the presence of the Anglican Church in Dorchester County when few other denominations were active. Built with exposed and decorated corner posts, plates, and wall posts finished with corner beads, […]

Lane Church recalls Black history on Taylors Island

TAYLORS ISLAND — Lane Methodist Episcopal Church is one of the few tangible landmarks of African-American history on Taylor’s Island, information from the Maryland Historical Trust says. Located a few hundred yards south of the Bethlehem Methodist Episcopal Church, the single-story rectangular frame structure is a modest gable roofed chapel featuring a two-tiered entrance tower […]

Dorchester’s Country Churches: Bethlehem M.E. is nationally recognized

TAYLORS ISLAND — Bethlehem Methodist Episcopal Church is a historic Methodist church located at Bethlehem, Taylor’s Island. The Gothic Revival Victorian church has an octagonal belfry above which is an octagonal dome with a spire superimposed and covered in copper, making it look like an inverted ice cream cone. It is the best example of […]

What happened to the Becky Phipps cannon?

TAYLORS ISLAND — Ever wonder how the Becky Phipps cannon was damaged? It was regularly fired by islanders for almost 100 years in celebration of important events. One night more than a century ago, the cannon blew up during a celebratory firing. Here is a news article from the Baltimore Sun dated Nov. 14, 1912 […]

Hastings Garage: 60 years of service

EAST NEW MARKET – As a lifelong farmer in Dorchester County I have had the opportunity to meet many individuals and families that were engaged in the business of providing agricultural services to the farm community. Some were much better than others but generally the farmers were well-served by the businessmen that made up the […]

Christmas Eve carols on Taylors Island

TAYLORS ISLAND – On Christmas Eve at 6 p.m., the Island Grille/General Store will open for the annual Taylors Island Christmas Caroling Party. “Come out and sing a song, sing along or just watch and have a good time,” a statement from organizers said. The event is free. All are welcome to attend. “Share the […]

Remembering Dorchester, Dec. 3, 2019

The following is an excerpt from an online post by “Taylors Island Maryland.” Survey of Slaughter Creek dated 1880 to consider dredging: General survey or examination of Slaughter Creek was directed in the River and Harbor Act of 1870. The necessary field work was done by Assistant John L. Seager and party in October of […]

British aircraft carrier ‘Queen Elizabeth’ sails Bay

TAYLORS ISLAND — The British aircraft carrier “HMS Queen Elizabeth” passed Taylors Island on Friday morning, during a friendly visit to the Chesapeake Bay. The difference between this and an earlier, more problematic visit by a British ship, was noted in a post on the Facebook site, “Taylors Island.” An observer wrote a tongue-in-cheek post, […]

Patriot Point: Offering healing to warriors

TAYLORS ISLAND – If a visitor didn’t know the kind of place this is, he or she could probably figure it out – young and muscular men in civilian clothes talking to older men wearing shirts and baseball caps that say things like, “Combat Wounded”. Then the visitor spots a leg brace or a scar […]

Church Directory for June 20, 2018

Editor’s note: Church listings appear in The Banner’s Wednesday edition. In order to be included in the listings church information MUST be submitted by NO LATER THAN NOON Monday each week. Churches not submitting or contacting the Banner office (410-228-3131; or by e-mail, eyeore@newszap.com or bannernews@newszap.com) will not be included in that Wednesday’s paper. AGAPE […]