Thurston photos now available from Nabb Center

The photograph collection of Walter C. Thurston, arguably Thurston’s greatest gift to Salisbury, has a secure home and now an online presence. That home is the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University. The collection of over 3,500 images arrived at the center in 2016, donated by Thurston’s granddaughter, […]

Imagining what Salisbury was like 100 years ago

Recently I was asked to describe the Salisbury of 1920, as part of reflections on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, Perdue Farms, and the Rotary Club. If that weren’t enough, that was the same year women finally got their long overdue right to vote. What a time! The […]

Linda Duyer: Book offers insights on Civil War family

The son may be the focus of the expressive story woven by historian Jane Singer in her new book “The War Criminal’s Son, The Civil War Saga of William A. Winder,” but it’s the father who steals the attention then and now. The war criminal of the book, Confederate Gen. John Henry Winder, was not […]

Linda Duyer: History behind the Church Street Mural

It is impossible to separate myself from the story of the Church Street Mural, so I won’t even try, because for me that mural, prominently displayed at Church Street and North Salisbury Boulevard, is intensely personal. The muralist Paul Boyd III utilized images from a copy of my book “‘Round the Pond,” about the history […]

Marie Waller and PRMC: Caregivers of Salisbury

Immense gratitude goes out to Bryan LeCompte and the Peninsula Regional Medical Center Foundation for creating “The Giving House.” PRMC and the legacy of the woman best associated with the building – the late Marie Waller – are embodied in the name of the Foundation’s new office occupying what was once Waller’s home. Waller spent […]

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 […]