Somerset County

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The southernmost county in Maryland, Somerset was established in 1666 by Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore, and named in honor of his wife's sister, Lady Mary Somerset. The county originally included the area of what today is the adjacent counties of Worcester and Wicomico as well as a portion of southern Delaware. Throughout the years, some of its most prominent citizens, including Declaration of Independence signer Samuel Chase and Civil War–era Union supporters John Crisfield and Anna Ella Carroll, helped shape the nation. Somerset County includes photographs—some never before seen—that take readers from the expansion of the railroad in the 1800s, which led to a boom in the seafood and agricultural industries; to the early days of institutions, such as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore; to the founding of long-standing celebrations, including Olde Princess Anne Days, the Deal Island Skipjack Races, and the National Hard Crab Derby.
ISBN: 9780738592275
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Maryland
Series: Images of America
Images: 233
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Jason Rhodes, an award-winning journalist and photographer, has combed through thousands of images in his family's collection to help tell the county's story. A native of Somerset County, Rhodes has authored several books on Eastern Shore locales for Arcadia's Images of America series, including Crisfield: The First Century, Salisbury, and Maryland's Amusement Parks.
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