Hoopers Island

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In the early 1600s, Capt. John Smith explored the Chesapeake Bay from Jamestown. On the Eastern Shore of Maryland, he found dozens of small islands, including a chain of three islands that later came to be named Hoopers Island. Fifty years later, when Lord Baltimore allowed permanent settlement on the Eastern Shore, Hoopers Island was quickly settled. Planters came for the island's fertile soil, fresh water, timber, and easy access to the sea. Oysters and crabs were of little interest. However, after the Civil War, more and more Hoopers Islanders turned to the water to make a living, and it is for its seafood that the area is best known in modern times. Island watermen have been harvesting the bay's treasures for more than a century and sending them to the kitchens of Maryland and beyond. Over the last 400 years, Hoopers Island has lost much of its land to erosion, but its culture still retains connections to its past.
ISBN: 9780738543826
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Maryland
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Jacqueline Simmons Hedberg was born on Hoopers Island, where her family has lived for more than 300 years. In 2000, she organized the Friends of the Old Hoopers Island Graveyard to save an “Endangered Maryland Treasure” on Upper Hoopers Island. She is also the author of a genealogy, A Family of the Chesapeake: Edward Simmons of Dorchester County, Maryland, and His Descendants. The author's family and friends have provided her with a rich collection of both photographs and stories that help to capture the life of Hoopers Island that once was.
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