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Salisbury in Wicomico County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Drop to Drink

Pemberton Plantation Historic Trail

 
 
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By Nate Davidson, January 18, 2011
1. A Drop to Drink Marker
Inscription. In the colonial period, the safety of drinking water was uncertain, so people drank cider, wine, and distilled spirits instead. Each plantation made its own beverages. A cider press extracted juice from fruit. The cider could be consumed as is or left to ferment into "hard cider," which was slightly alcoholic. Cider was also distilled into highly alcoholic "apple jack." Isaac Handy also produced brandy. Some beverages from this and other Eastern Shore plantations were shipped via the Wicomico River and Chesapeake Bay to ports along the Atlantic Coast and beyond. The Pemberton Hall Plantation cider press was close to this spot. At the time of his death in 1762, Isaac Handy owned distillery equipment and 100 gallons of cider.
 
Erected by Wicomico County Parks and Tourism, Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
 
Location. 38° 20.8′ N, 75° 38.633′ W. Marker is in Salisbury, Maryland, in Wicomico County. Marker can be reached from Pemberton Historic Park Road 0.4 miles from Pemberton Drive. Click for map. Located within Pemberton Park. Marker is in this post office area: Salisbury MD 21801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nature's Pasture (within shouting distance of this marker); A Show of Wealth
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By Nate Davidson, January 18, 2011
2. Marker Location
(within shouting distance of this marker); Plantation Barnyard (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The "Peculiar Institution" at Pemberton Plantation (about 300 feet away); Welcome to Pemberton Historical Park (about 300 feet away); Pemberton Hall (about 300 feet away); The Original Residents (about 400 feet away); Wicomico Wetlands (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Salisbury.
 
Categories. AgricultureColonial EraIndustry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 375 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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