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Donald Shomette, The Haunting Mallows Bay, Graveyard of Wooden Ships

November 01, 2019 5pm

On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson issued a national call to arms against Imperial Germany. What followed in the United States was a frenzied effort to build hundreds of merchant ships to replace those being destroyed in Germany’s campaign of unrestricted submarine warfare. The newly created U.S. Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation embarked on a course that, in the span of a few pivotal years in American history, came to exhibit mankind’s genius, ignorance, avarice, drive–and folly–for the largest portion of that fleet came to rest on the muddy floor of Mallows Bay. Donald G. Shomette recounts fascinating tales of the wonders that lie beneath the bay. An accomplished underwater archaeologist, Shomette describes the cutting-edge technology used in ship excavations, the underwater hunts for the earliest English colony in Maryland, and stories of the great fleet that now rests in eternal slumber beneath the waters of Mallows Bay.


Wassail Party

December 06, 2019 5pm

Join us for our annual Wassail Party.

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Descendants’ Day


Descendants’ Day.  The result of 40 years of research by local resident Carolyn E. Cooper, this book traces the history of the central part of Kent County from the original land grant in 1658 to today.  Worton Manor, as it was known then, would become the site of many farms and small towns, including Hanesville, Butlertown, Melitota, and Smithville.  It also was the site of the beginning of Methodism in Kent County.  The 551-page book includes an extensive index tracing scores of families who settled this part of Kent County.  Signed by the author, $54.00, plus $5.00 book-rate shipping.