New from Arcadia Publishing is Deal Island, by local author Claudia Mourey. Deal Island is part of Arcadia’s popular Then & Now series and contrasts modern day photos with historic images that chronicle the area’s past.
Four communities along Deal Island Road in Somerset County form the area known as Deal Island. Legend says the island was originally called Devils Island and was settled by pirates. Deal Island served as a prominent landmark as Capt. John Smith explored the Chesapeake Bay. For generations, the area has been mostly a watermen’s community but now is also home to many retirees.
It is Claudia’s hope that her book “will put [the] community on the map. Most people, including Marylanders, know about many other locations on the Delmarva Peninsula but nothing about this area and the hard working people that live here.”
Highlights of Deal Island:
• All profits from the book will be donated to the Deal Island-Chance Volunteer Fire Department
• This was a self sustaining community of watermen and their families
• All of the “Then” images have been donated from the private collections of local residents
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