Farm Life: The Barnyard

Over the course of many years I have usually started my day by going out the back door of the farmhouse and walking into the barnyard to begin the work day. The barnyard at home has not changed a great deal over time, simply because the inhabitants have not changed a great deal over time. […]

A Century of Service to the Farming Community

I recently sat down with Donald Jones and had a good conversation with him about his family’s history here in Dorchester County, and how farming played the major role in the archives of the Jones’ clan. Their history goes back to John and Elizabeth Howland. John was the 13th signer of the Mayflower Compact and […]

‘Down Homers’ keep local traditions alive

After a day’s trapping the boys sit in the skinning shed to rest a bit before starting to skin the rats. From left, Shriver Mills, Wilson Mills, Carly Thomas, Arthur Mills and Thomas Mills.

With the annual Outdoor Show coming up the last of February, many memories of years and events past come to mind. First of all, the good folks that put on the show at the old South Dorchester High School, now known as South Dorchester K-8, do a wonderful job showcasing part of Dorchester County’s past […]

Neck District has a special history

Photo supplied by the Nabb Family Hills Point School in 1941. In the photo are (front row) Joan Warfield, Loretta Warfield, Virginia Hill, Carlisle Cook, Dave Marshall, Robert Condon. Back row: Laverne Spedden, Blanche Warfield, Miss Thompson (teacher), Lilian Hill, Curtic Warfield, Charlotte Hubbard.

The eighth election district in Dorchester County is basically cut into by Route 343 heading west out of Cambridge. On each side of the highway are various creeks, coves, guts and points of land bordering the waters of the Little Choptank and the Big Choptank, all leading to the Chesapeake Bay. The “Neck” district is […]

Parker’s Store, and The Tool Worth $50,000

Revisiting International Harvester in Hurlock The two industries that have always put the food on the table for the people of Dorchester County have been the seafood and agricultural ways of life. One of the largest family businesses in agriculture, located in the northern part of the county, was Parker’s International Harvester dealership located in […]

A look back at Maple Grove Farm, Vienna

In just about every small town there is usually a family that over the years encompasses the true meaning of community stewardship. I was recently able to sit down and talk with Mr. Gene Spear, the patriarch of the Spear family, about his life and times in the small town of Vienna, Md. Mr. Spear […]

Christopher Columbus in Griffith Neck

Heading south from Vienna towards Fishing Bay there is a vast tract of land between Elliotts Island Road, the Chicamacomico River and the Transquaking River. Woods, marsh and farm land cover many acres with Griffith Neck Road running from the bridge crossing the Chicamacomico at the old Cecil Robbin’s boat factory on Drawbridge Road to […]

Christopher Columbus in Griffith Neck

Heading south from Vienna towards Fishing Bay there is a vast tract of land between Elliotts Island Road, the Chicamacomico River and the Transquaking River. Woods, marsh and farm land cover many acres with Griffith Neck Road running from the bridge crossing the Chicamacomico at the old Cecil Robbin’s boat factory on Drawbridge Road to […]

Sugar Pie, Honey…

Farm Life, by Carlton Nabb Hopefully spring has finally arrived down here on the farm. The warmer weather always makes the old bones feel better and brings back many memories of years past. The smell of the chicken manure being spread on the fields is a sure reminder it’s time to start the field work. […]

Old, Old Butter Beans

Many of the settlers, who were associated with agriculture in Dorchester County at the turn of the century, put down their roots here and established outstanding farms and families. Some stayed on this side of the Choptank River and others moved over to the fertile fields of Talbot County. The milder climate and topography of […]