Brice Stump: Nanticoke Road’s pyramid in the woods

There’s no doubt about it, the pyramid in the woods is a peculiar sight. Each year thousands of motorists whiz by the wooded patch along Nanticoke Road where this marker stands. Some have traveled the road for years and have yet to see it. While there are tombstones by the brick structure, about 6 feet […]

Mason-Dixon ‘mystery stones’ reset in Hebron

Salisbury surveyor John Andrews made history when he recently reset one of the famous Mason-Dixon “mystery stones” in a wooded lot near Hebron. For at least 40 years, Andrews had been intrigued with these markers, associated with English surveyors/mathematicians Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon. They were cut and shipped from England  to mark the north-south […]

Bill Simms collects advertisements set in stone

Advertising today means being on social media platforms that create electronic images that wow and dazzle potential customers. With sound, color, movement and state of the art graphics, company ads fight for every penny of the consumer’s retail dollars. A century ago, local merchants relied on their names being stenciled or incised into stoneware crocks […]

Journal tells of Shore life during 1918 Spanish Flu

A century ago the Eastern Shore and the nation dealt with an influenza epidemic that is chilling in the similarities it shares with today’s Covid-19 pandemic. By autumn 1918, and through early 1920, the global population was hit by Spanish Influenza, the name then-associated with the H1N1 virus. Although often linked to Spain as a […]

Meet the toughest, oldest of the Saltwater Cowboys

Just like an old aged Virginia country ham, cured with plenty of salt to last, cowboy Jack Brittingham is riding tall in the saddle with staying power too. He is a genuine Saltwater Cowboy of Chincoteague fame, a bonafide horse lover through and through who has been helping fellow cowboys round up wild ponies for […]

She’s Gordon Gladden’s devotion: The Ida May

Water trickled from the seam between the bottom planks and the keel of the skipjack Ida May. Owner Gordon Gladden, 79, of Salisbury, hammered the sharp chisel into the wood, forcing out pieces of caulking that had been applied last year to make a watertight seam. But the seam failed in several places allowing water, […]

Abbi Custis turns art hobby into career

In her studio near Salisbury, Abbi Custis stands in a self-made storm of swirling colors and concepts, ideas, visions and revelations. Manned with a Black & Decker drill, with a paint mixer head, and eager finger tips, a hair dryer to move paint, she is a force to be reckoned with. She is saturated in […]

Brice Stump: Thanksgiving means coming home

By Thanksgiving, the leaves that burned with a blush of autumn colors have been blown away by chilly winds. It seems, by the time the holiday is here, tree limbs are almost bare. Even the pesky weeds have lost their color now, the lush green now brown after a few “hard frosts” ended the reign. […]

Brice Stump: The estate where history lives

The gleaming white country lane of crushed clam shells skirts a field and passes under a canopy of tree boughs that dance in the spring breeze. Ahead, the salmon-colored bricks of an 18th century house contrast with young green leaves of spring. It looks and feels like home. The lane sweeps by the front steps […]

Brice Stump: Skipjack book allows public reconnection

As fast as it came, so has it left, Christmas 2017. Yet there are still decorated trees with colored lights, greens on the mantel and candles remaining in the windows. Christmas in some homes lingers with plenty of homemade cookies to be eaten, holiday music yet to enjoy and quiet, slow evenings in front of […]