Sheriff John N. Farlaw and his men with confiscated still, ca. 1922, Salisbury, Maryland. Photo courtesy Wicomico Historical Society
Life on the Shore: History of Wicomico County
The Europeans who settled Maryland's lower
shore were almost entirely British subjects. They, and other
colonists from Virginia, were enticed to emigrate to Maryland
by land grants from the proprietor, Lord Baltimore, who
received income from "quitrents." Two rivers influenced
settlement patterns in the Wicomico area: the Nanticoke, whose
channel is the western border of the county, and the Wicomico,
which together with Wicomico Creek, provides about half of the
county's southern border. The town of Salisbury has been the
center of Wicomico's social, political and economic life since
before the Wicomico County was founded. In contrast to heavily
populated Baltimore County, which has no incorporated
municipalities, Wicominco's small towns have kept their
historic identities and local governments.
Documentation includes two books:
History, by George H. Corddry, and
Lower Eastern Shore
Patriot, a compilation of articles on historical aspects of
the area, historical postcards and photos, and a booklet about
Delmarva, including history about the peninsula that contains
portions of Maryland, Delaware and Virginia states.
Originally submitted by: Wayne T. Gilchrest, Representative (1st District).
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