Hoopers Island's Changing Face

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One of the oldest settlements in Maryland is a small tidewater community on the Eastern Shore named Hoopers Island. Land was patented there in 1659, and families who owned the original plantations have continued to reside there for generations. Economic changes in the 18th century contributed to both isolation and a unique style of life. By the late 19th century, farmers had turned to the sea to make their living, and the community became known for its seafood. Island watermen continue to harvest the products of the Chesapeake, and local factories deliver seafood daily throughout the region. Hoopers Island today, however, has a different look than it did even 50 years ago. The high school has been transformed into a fine restaurant, and an old marine railway has become a modern boatyard and marina. While the native population has declined, others have retired to the area, and the island is becoming a vacation destination.
ISBN: 9781467116251
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Maryland
Series: Images of America
Images: 227
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Jacqueline Simmons Hedberg is the author of several books about her birthplace, including Arcadia's Images of America: Hoopers Island. In 2010, she received the Maryland Historical Society's Marion Brewington prize for her essay “Humes Wallace, Hoopers Island Boat Builder.” The author's family and friends have given her photographs and stories that help capture the changing life of Hoopers Island.
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