Author Archives: Mike Dixon

Last Train to Havre de Grace

When the Pennsylvania Railroad announced plans to end passenger service to Havre de Grace on October 29, 1967 the announcement didn’t faze “residents of the “quiet, picturesque city at the mouth of the Susquehanna River,” according to the Baltimore Sun.  … Continue reading

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Sharing Delmarva’s Past

  If you enjoy Delmarva’s history check out our Facebook page, a virtual home where we share photos, stories, and conversations about the Peninsula’s heritage.  As you browse the timeline you will find rich media, pictures, new and old, short articles, … Continue reading

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Stealing Freedom Along the Mason Dixon Line

This evening Milt Diggins talked to the Delaware Underground Railroad Coalition about “Stealing Freedom Along the Mason-Dixon Line,” the story of Thomas McCreary, an Elkton slave catcher.  

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Salisbury Fire Department & Others Take to the Air in 1950

An advertisement in the American City (March 1950) notes that the entire town of Salisbury has gone to G-E.  With the fire department, taxi company, rural electric co-operative and public service company equipped G-E two-ways radios, there was instant communications between headquarters … Continue reading

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Mrs. Royall’s Pennsylvania …or Travel’s Continued In the United States

Originally posted on This Old Book:
A travelogue with a remarkably modern, no-holds-barred tone. One would be hard pressed to find a more amusing, biting piece of writing in Jacksonian America. The acerbic, outspoken, one might say curmudgeonly, Mrs. Royall…

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Belvidere Fire Company’s First Engine

In 1949 residents of Belvidere, a suburban community outside Wilmington, started working to organize a fire company.  After raising money, the newly organized group acquired a fire engine and the men were just about ready to start answering alarms by the May of … Continue reading

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Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware Lecture: Stealing Freedom Along the Mason Dixon Line

The Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware’s fall program takes place on October 27, 2014, at the Hockessin Friends Meeting, 1501 Old Wilmington Road, 6:30 pm.  Historian Milt Diggins will speak on “Stealing Freedom Along the Mason Dixon Line: The Story of Elkton Slave … Continue reading

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