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Starts: March 01st, 2017 7:00 PM
Ends: March 01st, 2017 9:00 PM
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Dorchester County Historical Society
1003 Greenway Drive
Cambridge, Maryland
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South Dorchester Folk Museum
Presents
"Turning into Crapo - the Fadeout of
Woodlandtown and the Rise of Wingate"
Speaker: Phillip Hesser
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Robbins Heritage Center, Dorchester County Historical Society
1003 Greenway Drive, Cambridge, MD (Maryland Avenue Extended)
Through most of the 19th century, the community of Woodlandtown was the
spiritual and economic center of South Dorchester. It was the only area
landing for the steamboat and the future end point of the Cambridge &
Chesapeake Railroad. Yet, by the beginning of the 20th century, it vanished
from the maps of the county – its post office oddly renamed Crapo. Its
railroad never materialized and its steamboat dock was abandoned in favor
of a new one in the up-and-coming community of Wingate. What led to the
“death” of Woodlandtown and the appearance of Crapo? How did Wingate
become the new hub of South Dorchester? Phil Hesser will explore answers to
these questions, as he paints a picture of a changing South Dorchester.
Phillip Hesser, Ph.D., has taught in the US and Africa and served with the
UNHCR and the Academy for Educational Development. From time to time,
he can be found teaching at Salisbury University and Wor-Wic Community
College, and running the Dorchester marshes with his retriever Marshall and
hound Bayly. Indulging his interests at the intersection of landscape, life, and
livelihood in Delmarva and on the Bay, he wrote What a River Says: Exploring
the Blackwater River and Refuge (Cambridge: Friends of Blackwater, 2014)
and is at work on “The Old Home is not There”: The Native Land of Harriet
Tubman.
The South Dorchester Folk Museum (SDFM) presents this free program in its lecture series
about local history. For information about this program or the SDFM, contact John S. “Pat” Neild
at 410-228-6175 or email Lynne Mills at sdhs1967@comcast.net . The public is warmly invited
to attend.
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