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 […]

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 […]