Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Goes to Court

The first Talbot County Courthouse was built in Easton, Md. on this site in 1712. In 1794 a new wooden Court House was built that more closely resembles this pictured one. In 1898 a brick facade was added in a major renovation. Facts: “Images of America Easton” by Dr. Laurence G. Claggett. 1905 postcard image from the postcard collection of John Dodson, owner of Easton Antique and Art Gallery. Love the carriages!!

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Calling All Runners for Adkins Arboretum Arbor Day Run

Last call for runners! Adkins Arboretum will hold its twelfth annual Arbor Day Run on Sat., April 8. Runners, walkers, families and nature enthusiasts are invited to enjoy an early-spring morning while hustling to support the Arboretum’s goat herd, used for targeted grazing of invasive plants.

Advance registration for the 5K and 10K runs, family-friendly one-mile Fun Run/Walk and 100-yard Healthy Kids’ Dash ends Sun., March 26.

Visit adkinsarboretum.org for registration and information.

Photos by Kellen McCluskey

Talbot County Department of Social Services Seeks Faith Community’s Help

The Talbot County Department of Social Services recently shared information about its Foster Care Program with parishioners with First Baptist Church in Easton. Foster care provides safe, stable and temporary out of home placement for children who can no longer remain in their own homes. On the average each year, there are 20 Talbot County children in foster care. Of these, 86% of children are placed in Talbot, Dorchester or Caroline counties.

Staff with the Talbot County Department of Social Services discussed “out of the box” ways people can support this population of children in Talbot County, as well as introduced participants to the foster care process. Linda C. Webb, LCSW, Director of the Talbot County Department of Social Services, comments, “Caring for children is a community effort, and we rely on community partnerships to fulfill our mission of protecting children and promoting the safety and well-being of Talbot County citizens. The faith community is an important partner in achieving that mission.”

Photo: Back row – Drew Jensen, Pastor, First Baptist Church in Easton; front row, left to right – Karen Martins of Easton, Paris Quillet, Special Projects Coordinator with the Talbot County Department of Social Services; Christine Montague, Coordinator, Option Respite with the Talbot County Department of Social Services; and Crystel and Thomas Cheney of Federalsburg. The Talbot County Department of Social Services is sharing information about its Foster Care Program with members of the faith community in Talbot County. 

For further information about becoming a foster, respite or adoptive parent or to schedule a foster care presentation for your church, call Talbot County Department of Social Services at 410-820-7371.

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Takes Time to Go Shopping

Two buildings that are no longer there may make this a difficult place to locate on Washington Street Easton, Maryland! There are a number of pictures of this brand new Acme grocery store in the Talbot Historical Society Laird Wise Collection. Now there is a parking lot and a different grocery store in that spot! Do you have memories to share about the Calvary Methodist Church next to the Acme? Perhaps basketball memories?? The church was built in 1830 and sold in the late 1950’s! Facts: “Easton Album” by Norman Harrington 1986.

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Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Goes to Church

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Project Rewind-Talbot County: Thank you Juliet Caruso for sharing your family Collection photo taken c. 1925 of an Easton, Md. Methodist Church group! Juliet’s Mother , Eleanor Lee Tarbutton was about 6 years old and is the cute girl on the front row seventh from the right! Notice the knickers on the boy to the far left! The church is unidentified but maybe the photo was taken behind the past Ebenezer M. E. Church on Washington Street? The upper floor housed the Talbot Historical Society Auditorium until a couple of years ago. Can you help us identify this church?

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Psst….The Bartlett Pear is Totally Open for Business

The Bartlett Pear has been one of those special gifts that a small community rarely is the recipient of. A beautiful historic downtown building is reactivated by a “from here” young couple who converts it to a first class boutique hotel and dining venue.

After years being mentored by some of the top chefs in America, Alice and Jordan Lloyd returned to their native home of Easton in 2009 to develop their own vision of what hospitality means regarding food and lodging. And throughout a particularly painful economic recession, the Bartlett Pear persevered by offering locally-sourced culinary delights from the morning until the late hours of the night.

But even with that remarkable track record, the “BP” has had to reset its business model to more accurately calibrate what the owners do and when they do it with the realities of being a young family with two children.

The result of this hard-nosed evaluation led to a different approach for the current Bartlett Pear. Jordan, at the height of his earning power as a chef, decided to commute to DC during the week and return to the extremely high-end dining scene there while Alice would operate the hotel and bakery.

The Spy had a brief chat with Alice about these changes as well as her gratitude for the Pear’s very loyal patrons for quickly adapting to its pivots over the last nine years.

This video is approximately one minute in length. For more information about the Bartlett Pear please go here

Shore United Bank contributes $10,000 for ESLC project in Cambridge

Shore United BankShore United Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies headquartered in Easton, Maryland recently contributed $10,000 towards the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy’s (ESLC) Phillips Packing Plant revitalization project in Cambridge. The check was presented by Shore United Bank’s President and CEO, Pat Bilbrough, to ESLC’s Executive Director Rob Etgen and Center for Towns Director Katie Parks (pictured).

A joint venture between ESLC and Baltimore’s Cross Street Partners, the project aims to repurpose the last remaining structure (referred to as ‘Plant F’) of the famed Phillips Packing Company empire into a hub for creative food production, retail and small business, and entrepreneurial initiatives that build off of the Eastern Shore’s agricultural resources and growing local food economy. The 60,000 square-foot building has been renamed The Packing House.

For decades, the Phillips empire employed thousands in Cambridge while also purchasing millions of dollars in product from Delmarva farmers annually. The building, while neglected and vacant since the 1960’s, features an open floor plan, soaring ceilings, and the opportunity to retain many historic architectural features that will impart the space with an authentic, Eastern Shore manufacturing aesthetic.

“Things are looking up for your project,” said Bilbrough. “We believe it is a great thing for your organization and the local community. Land conservancy does not need to be mutually exclusive to placing conservation easements or economic development, and this project proves that in a way very similar to the McCord/Conservation Center project.”

The Cannery reuse plan is building around a food and farming exchange, which includes a microbrewery, kitchen incubator and market, shared use office innovation hub, oyster bar, and event space.

For information about The Packing House project and/or ESLC, please contact ESLC Center for Towns Director Katie Parks at kparks@eslc.org 410.690.4603, ext. 155. More information can also be found at thePackingHouseCambridge.com.

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy
Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit land conservation organization committed to preserving and sustaining the vibrant communities of the Eastern Shore and the lands and waters that connect them. ESLC helps save land and promote sound land use planning from the C&D Canal in Cecil County all the way to the Nanticoke River in Dorchester County. More at www.eslc.org.

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Heads off to High School

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This charming Talbot Historical Society H. Robins Hollyday Collection photo of Oxford, Md. High School students circa 1928-1929 was a “Star Democrat” Mystery photo Oct. 1, 2001. Identified are left to right: Elizabeth Lewis, Mabel Greenhawk, Sara Newnam, Miriam Bringman, ? unidentified man with cap, Lester Gibson and Roland White. The Oxford High School students were moved to Easton High School in 1938. Fact: “Oxford Treasures Then and Now” by Douglas Hanks, Jr. with the Oxford Museum. Are you a relative of any of these pictured Oxford High School Students?

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Miles River Yacht Club’s SOS Sink or Swim Forms New Organization to Teach Children to Swim

The Miles River Yacht Club Foundation’s highly-successful SOS Sink or Swim program that sponsors free swimming lessons for area children is being spun off on its own to ensure its continued and sustained growth. Over the last three years, SOS has funded lessons for 1,400 children at two Talbot County pools.

“The MRYC Foundation identified a need in the community and began funding swimming lessons for local children in 2014. The response to SOS has been so enthusiastic that we realized it was time to form a new entity that would focus solely on the mission of teaching all our children how to swim and be safe in the water,” said Elizabeth C. Moose, the Foundation’s chairman.

Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 1.51.36 PMTo help achieve that goal, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has agreed to be the Fiscal Sponsor for SOS. This agreement will allow SOS to focus on its core mission, while CBMM will provide much needed technical and administrative resources.

“We welcome SOS and share its commitment to serving the youth of our region,” CBMM President Kristen L. Greenaway said. “We are dedicated to educating and inspiring the next generation of Chesapeake Bay stewards and working with SOS fits perfectly into that mission.”

MRYC Foundation Board Members, under the direction of then-chairman Dr. Sherry Manning, started SOS in 2014 as a way of countering accidental drowning in a region surrounded by water. The members were moved by the deaths of three area children who drowned after slipping into a creek so they decided to take action. The first goal was to raise enough money to pay for swimming lessons for 100 children at the Bay Hundred Pool in St. Michaels.

The Foundation partnered with the St. Michaels Community Center’s Bay Hundred Swim Kids program to administer SOS. Before that first summer was over, the Foundation funded lessons for 275 children. Board members immediately realized they had found a greater need than anticipated.

Fundraisers have been held and generous supporters have contributed donations as the program has expanded. In 2015, another 500 local children were taught how to swim. In 2016, with the help of the Talbot County Parks and Recreation Department, the program was expanded to the George Murphy Pool in Easton and instructors taught another 900 Talbot County children how to swim. The 2017 season will again be held at the two community pools. Registration will begin in May and the goal is to raise at least $50,000 to teach 1,000 more children.

It costs just $50 to teach a child the life-saving skill of swimming.

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Saluting Mrs. W. Alton Jones

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Mrs. W. Alton ( Nettie Marie) Jones was Easton’s benefactress for more than four decades. Mr. & Mrs. Jones moved to Talbot County in 1942. Mr. Jones was the President of Cities Service Oil Co. but was killed in a plane crash on March 1, 1962. Examples of Nettie Marie Jones’ legacy in Talbot County are the YMCA, Memorial Hospital, Hog Neck Golf Course, Hog Neck Community Center and skating rink, and St. Mark’s Ministry. Presenting a picture of the newly finished YMCA to Mrs. Jones ,center,are left to right John Jessup, Bill Shields, Mrs. Jones’ assistant Mary Straughn, George Olds, and Tom Hill. Photo found yesterday at THS in a folder marked John Earle . Facts: “Easton Album” by Norman Harrington 1986.

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