Bay, cell tower, Cemetery, Ghost, hanging tree, Haunted, historical markers, peach blossom, skipjack, Tilghman
During winter lock-down, I have been able to catch up on a lot of reading. I have always enjoyed local history books. Read quite a few of Baltimore’s History while living up there, so now I read a lot of Eastern Shore History. Right now I am reading The Rivers of the Eastern Shore while also reading The Lord’s Oysters. I mention places to Kathy that are in the books and she says, well, let’s go check them out. For this outing I referred to Haunted Eastern Shore.
First stop on the list was the White Marsh Cemetery, also known as the Hole in the Wall Cemetery. I guess a doorway could also be called a hole?
This cemetery is quite visible from Rte. 50 heading west from Trappe. Right hand side. Here is the historical marker.
A couple notable haunted stories about this place are that the wife, Hanna, of the Reverend Maynadier of this church took ill and died. People knew she wanted to be buried with her favorite (expensive) ring and she was. The night after her burial two grave robbers dug her up and tried to pull the ring off her finger with no luck. The one robber pulled out his pocket knife and as he was trying to cut her finger off, she awoke from a coma and screamed – scaring them off. She made it home where she recovered. Supposedly you can see her roaming around the cemetery. We did not. It may have been too windy. She is buried with her husband.
Another story is that of Robert Morris whose fate is described in the last paragraph of his burial stone/marker: A salute from the cannon of a ship, the wad fracturing his arm, was the means by which he departed July 12, 1750. Someone on the ship was to fire the cannon at the Captains signal – finger to nose. But a fly landed on his nose and when he shooed it off with his finger…well, you get the picture!
Next stop on our trip was Koon’s Easton Toyota about 3 miles north on Rte. 50. The Peach Blossom Creek Covered Bridge is another one of those places you see heading to and fro on Rte. 50. We tried once before to seek out a route to this bridge but ended up on private property and stopped.
I decided to go into the dealership and ask permission to park in their lot and try to find a way through the marsh/woods. They said we could park there but didn’t think it was possible to get thru the marsh. One of the guys suggested walking up to the St. Michaels bypass and look for a path. That was a little too far to go so we headed behind the store and was stopped by the marsh, headed north to an opening and headed through the woods to a clearing and to the bridge.
Spirits but no ghost.
Finally to the bridge. Looking back at Koon’s and no, we would not have made it through the marsh.
We didn’t see this going in, but this is where we came out next to Rte. 50.
Next stop on our trip was to the Tunis Mills Hanging Tree on Miles River Rd. This is near an area called “The Rest”. Wonder how long this sign will stay up?
This is what the tree is supposed to look like. Lots of people were hung here. Not sure whom, but a lot. You are supposed to sit in your car under the tree, motor off and listen for the faint screams of those hung! I couldn’t wait!!
Well, this is what the tree looks like now! And over on the side of the road is the hanging limb.
Leave there, disappointed I must add, and head back over the Miles River draw bridge. Pull off the road onto a dirt road.
And of course I had to climb under the bridge.
Kathy took this photo of an old church just over the bridge.
Unionville Historical marker – self explanatory.
Decided then to head to Tilghman Island and St. Michaels. Checked out the Lowes Wharf. Tide is out.
Looks like they are installing a new bulkhead or something.
Follow the road through St. Michaels to where you cannot go any further. I was hoping we could but the road is closed at the entrance to Black Walnut Point.
There is a naval lab here also.
The shoreline at the parking lot.
A public dock up the road.
With swans trying to do some synchronized swimming.
By this time of the day it was getting rather windy and chilly. Only a couple more stops (We gave up on the ghost hunting). This is an interesting sign. I thought Deal Island was home for the skipjacks.
Interesting info… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebecca_T._Ruark
And another. Anyone know what this is? We do and it was surprising.
Most telephone poles had Valentine hearts throughout TI.
Finally heading home and a quick stop at the TI Drawbridge. Constructed in 1934, it is Maryland’s only overhead counterweight bascule span and one of only fifteen moveable bridges throughout the state road network. This type of bridge a heel trunion rolling lift bridge with a counterweight suspended above the roadway was constructed at the Knapps Narrows site because of its ease and speed of operation. The bridge opened approximately 12,000 times a year, more often than most East Coast bridges.
Another wonderful road trip with so much seen and appreciated!! Always an adventure with Kathy. No ghost but lots of sights.