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Cambridge in Dorchester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Turning Numbers into Names…

Remembering the Unremembered

 
 
Turning Numbers into Names… Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), August 27, 2022
1. Turning Numbers into Names… Marker
Inscription.  
The Eastern Shore Hospital Center had its beginning in 1912 as a result of the General Assembly's decision to provide care for the mentally ill residents of the Eastern Shore counties of Maryland. The hospital was built on approximately 250 acres of farmland on the banks of the Choptank River. The ground breaking was in 1913, with the original buildings completed in March 1915. In May of that same year, 203 patients were transferred from Springfield and Spring Grove State Hospitals and Cherry Hill Asylum. The physical growth of hospital buildings continued for several decades and the average population increased steadily to 675-680 patients by 1956. Of this population, 194 patients are laid to rest on these sacred grounds.

Eastern Shore Hospital Center

There's a place by the side of the river
As the Choptank approaches the Bay
Where the wavelets wink at the stars by night
And flash smiles to the sun by day.

For the swans it's a winter haven
When freed from their nesting cares
They join the ducks in their feasting
And gabble of pleasant affiras.

There
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are souls on the bank of the river
That somehow have lost their way.
In a maze of hate and confusion
Of anger and deep dismay.

For these, too, the place is a haven,
Apart from the world's demands.
Here science and human compassion
Reach out many helping hands.

God Bless the place by the river
As the Choptank approaches the Bay!
May the patients that enter in darkness
Go out in the light of the day!

A. May Thompson

 
Erected by Eastern Shore Hospital Center; Maryland Department of Health; Maryland Heritage Area Authority; Dorchester County; Hyatt Regency.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesScience & Medicine. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1915.
 
Location. 38° 33.823′ N, 76° 3.313′ W. Marker is in Cambridge, Maryland, in Dorchester County. Marker can be reached from Marsh Elder Drive, 0.4 miles north of Heron Boulevard, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cambridge MD 21613, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shoal Creek (within shouting distance of this marker); Robbins Heritage Center (approx. 0.3 miles away); Annie Oakley Lived Down The Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); Neild Museum
The names of the deceased buried nearby image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), August 27, 2022
2. The names of the deceased buried nearby
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Goldsborough Stable (approx. 0.3 miles away); Smokehouse / Strong House; Helen C. Barber Herb Garden (approx. 0.3 miles away); Meredith House (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Meredith House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cambridge.
 
Turning Numbers into Names… Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), August 27, 2022
3. Turning Numbers into Names… Marker
Nearby dedication plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), August 27, 2022
4. Nearby dedication plaque
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 97 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 30, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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