Everyday Citizens

Century Farm Heritage

The Maryland Century Farm Program was established in 1994 to recognize farms that have been in the same family for 100 years or more. See them in the historic landscape with our Century Farm Heritage Map. Turn on layers for historic maps of Caroline County in 1875 and 1897, and USGS Topographic maps of the Mid-Shore region from 1880 through 1940 and later.

Socialist radicals on the Choptank

Gilpin Point on the Choptank River was once the site of a colony of radical economic reformers. The small colony of “Georgists” advocated the economic philosophy of Henry George. They held property in common at Gilpin Point, called for a single-land-tax economy, and hoped to create a model utopian community on the Choptank River.

Skipjack, fertilizer sack, mule, boy.  Repeat.

Skipjack, fertilizer sack, mule, boy. Repeat.

As many as four or five two- and three-mast sailing vessels at a time were often tied up at the Denton wharves. I often had the job of leading the mule forward to lift the bag out of the vessel’s hold, and backing him up again to drop the bag onto the wharf and to lower the tongs back into the hold for another bag. You get the picture – the mule and the boy – back and forth all day until the last bag was out of the hold.