Between the waters of the Chesapeake and the Delaware is Delmarva, a storied land that was once the hunting ground of Blackbeard, where ancient sea monsters lurk and wild ponies gallop along the beaches.
Join local author David Healey at several upcoming Cecil County Public Library talks for an exploration of the lore of Delmarva, from the legend of St. Michaels—the town that escaped British cannons with a clever trick—to stories of Assateague’s cannibalistic colonists and the all-but-forgotten story of Anna Carroll, President Lincoln’s “Dear Lady,” the Marylander who is rumored to have brilliantly advised Lincoln on strategy during the Civil War.
These sometimes quirky, sometimes spooky tales come from Healey’s newest book, “Delmarva Legends and Lore,” published by the History Press. His upcoming talks will include a reenactment of the fatal confrontation between a Maryland duelist and Andrew Jackson.
In September at the Elkton library, Healey will give an overview of the War of 1812 here in Cecil County. It was a time when Redcoats pillaged and plundered the upper Chesapeake Bay, but local heroes such as Kitty Knight and the defenders of Elkton used luck and courage to make a stand against overwhelming odds. It’s a history that’s literally in our backyards, and Healey explains how his own rediscovery of 1812 began when he found a musketball in his tomato patch. The history he collected evolved into “1812: Rediscovering Chesapeake Bay’s Forgotten War” published by Bella Rosa Books, a book that Healey describes as part history, part travelogue that mixes past and present.
The following library programs are planned. All events are free and open to the public:
• “The War of 1812 on the Upper Chesapeake,” Wednesday, September 15, 7 p.m. at the Elkton Library.
• “Delmarva: Legends and Lore” takes place at the following library branches:
North East Branch library, Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Cecilton Branch library, Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Chesapeake City Branch library, Monday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Healey has written articles on wide-ranging topics for many publications, including American History, Running Times and the Washington Times, Maryland Life and Chesapeake Bay magazine. He is also the author of a Civil War novel, “Sharpshooter,” published by Jove Books. He teaches composition and journalism as an adjunct at Cecil College and serves on the board of the Historical Society of Cecil County. You can visit him online at www.davidhealey.net or www.delmarvalegends.com.