Salisbury History: The diner that traveled Delmarva

Many of us associate the English family name with the iconic shiny metallic diners of Salisbury’s history, but it was the lesser-known Edward Lloyd Thompson who started it all. It was Thompson who acquired the diner car that traveled from New Jersey to Delmar to Salisbury to Ocean City and then to Dover. That’s a […]

Historic Powell Building in line for new purpose

On Dec. 4, 1937, Montgomery Ward store employees opened the doors to a brand-new building, the structure now referred to as the Powell Building and today slated for a make-over. For everyone involved on that day, this was a big step, moving into a new home located only a block away from their earlier leased […]

Linda Duyer: Time to clear the Courthouse lawn

The Gen. John Henry Winder historical marker’s placement on the front lawn of the Wicomico County Courthouse is embroiled in controversy because of recent calls for its removal. Winder was born near Nanticoke, a graduate and instructor at West Point, a veteran of the Seminole and Mexican Wars, and manager of all the Confederate military […]

Courthouse will be illuminated for celebration

As the Greater Salisbury Committee’s gift to the community, the historic Wicomico County Courthouse will soon be illuminated in spectacular fashion. For years the face of the courthouse clock tower has been lit and visible from points around town, but soon the entire historic structure will be lit up every night of the year, said […]

Eagle Scout Ben Smith gifts history to Salisbury

The unveiling of a new historical sign on the day before Thanksgiving at the Salisbury Public Cemetery known as Potter’s Field was a tribute to the hard work of local scout Ben Smith. But, in truth, the ceremony was all about Ben gifting something special to the city of Salisbury. Throughout the year Ben directed […]

Was Nannie Jackson Trinity UMC’s unofficial founder?

Nannie Rider Jackson’s inner teenager must have been beaming at the May 21, 1905, dedication of the Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church South in Salisbury. Over 111 years after that dedication, the same edifice of Trinity United Methodist Church celebrates 150 years of the church’s existence. And she was there for those early beginnings. The church […]

Linda Duyer: Fulton Station has historic connections

The little building often seen by commuters on a daily basis stands in one of Salisbury’s most historic areas and along a short stretch of Mill Street with no fewer than three other surviving historic structures. Fulton Station, that little shed-like building which fronts Business Route 50, dates to about 1890 and is listed on […]

Louis W. Gunby was an entrepreneur for all time

The Gunby hardware store has been a favorite highlight of downtown Salisbury history, not surprisingly given the impressive edifice that once dominated Main Street. But the store was not the only Gunby structure downtown, as there were two others, located at the large parking lot now slated for development. Likely every household on the Eastern […]

Scout plans repairs for historic Salisbury cemetery

Ben Smith is hoping for help from the community with his project to preserve and share the history of Salisbury’s sometimes misunderstood or little-known cemetery commonly referred to as Potter’s Field. Already an enthusiastic 13-year-old working toward his Eagle Scout recognition, Smith has gotten some help, but more is needed. The city has approved his […]

Ulysses Grant Langston overcame race to become civic leader

“You never told me he was white,” I teased Fulton Slemons when I showed the photograph to the unofficial historian of the West Side area of Salisbury. Without a hint of bemusement Fulton said, “You never asked.” I thank the late Fulton Slemons for that lesson in conducting historical research. For two years I had […]