The asphalt slabs you just walked on are pieces of Baltimore Boulevard, a 15-mile road built by developers in the 1950s and destroyed by a storm in 1962. These broken slabs are now used only by gulls, which drop and crack clams on the hard surface. . . . — — Map (db m9146) HM
Centuries ago, Indians of the Algonquin Nation, including the Assateagues, Pocomokes, Manokins and Acquintacas, migrated seasonally between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. The Beach to Bay Indian Trail recognizes the patterns established . . . — — Map (db m4390) HM
The marshes in the distance, the waters before you, and the land beneath and behind you form an interwoven whole. What affects one part affects all.
How we use and care for the land impacts it's water quality. The water that drains from the land . . . — — Map (db m87797) HM
Born near this site Jan. 5, 1779, his heroic exploits in Tripolitan Wars earned him his captain's commission in 1804. Commanded the "United States" and appointed commodore in War of 1812. Killed in duel at Bladensburg, Maryland, March 22, 1820. — — Map (db m3771) HM
Isaiah "Uncle Zear" Fassett was born into slavery southeast of here in Sinepuxent in 1844. His owner, Sarah A. Bruff, released him from bondage at age nineteen on November 11, 1863, when the U.S. Army paid her $300 in compensation. That same day, . . . — — Map (db m15695) HM
In the late 1800's and early 1900's four Life-Saving Stations on Assateague Island aided ships in distress off the coast, where hidden sand bars, storms, German submarines, and other dangers often threatened.
The U.S. Life-Saving Service built . . . — — Map (db m8143) HM
Assateague's first visitors were small bands of nomadic Indians who had permanent settlements on the mainland. These hunters and gatherers came seasonally to the island to enjoy the rich harvest of waterfowl, fish, oysters, clams, and plant foods. . . . — — Map (db m8337) HM
Ever since explorer Giovanna da Verrazzano sailed through Sinepuxent Bay in 1524, human activty along these waters has helped shape Assateague's history. Except for intriguing place names on local maps, almost all traces of these historic events . . . — — Map (db m8602) HM
Dairies (or milk houses, as they were more commonly called in the Mid-Atlantic region) were one-room structures constructed two to three feet below grade for coolness. They had brick or stone floors and plastered or whitewashed ceilings and interior . . . — — Map (db m88263) HM
Sinepuxent Bay and Chincoteague Bay (just to the south) separate Assateague Island from the mainland.
The Atlantic Ocean lies just over a mile away, on the other side of Assateague. The pedestrian and bicycle bridge to your left provides a fine . . . — — Map (db m88250)
Shoals, bad weather, and lack of navigational aids contributed to hundreds of shipwrecks along Assateague. Many wrecks were schooners and cargo vessels sailing the busy coastal ship lanes in the 1800s.
The total number of wrecks off Assateague . . . — — Map (db m8338) HM
Established around 1692 as a chapel-of-ease for Snow Hill Parish, and later, in 1744, designated as the principal church of Worcester Parish. The original frame building was replaced with this Georgian brick structure, completed in 1764. — — Map (db m3773) HM
This brick building was originally built as a garage for horse and carriage in 1910. It was converted to a theater for showing "silent flickers" in 1917. A new facade was added to replicate the Spanish Mission Style architecture common to movie . . . — — Map (db m137728) HM
Hardy, compact, and spirited - the horses on Assateague Island run freely over a range bounded by ocean and bay. Bands of mares and young led by protective stallions graze on marsh grasses, drink at freshwater ponds, and retreat into island forests . . . — — Map (db m8340) HM
Town of Berlin Berlin's main street follows the course of the old Philadelphia post road which served as a principal stage route and course of land transportation during the 18th and 19th centuries. Tradition holds that the name Berlin came . . . — — Map (db m8339) HM
Anchor From The U.S.S. Decatur
(DD-936) Forrest Sherman Class
Commissioned in 1956.
Decommissioned in 1965.
Re-commissioned in 1967.
Decommissioned in 1983,
Receiving 6 Battle Stars
For Vietnam Service.
This Anchor Was Obtained . . . — — Map (db m60828) HM
Named in 1976 for the courageous Florentine navigator, Giovanni da Verrazano (c. 1485-1528.) In the ship La Dauphine under a commission from King Francis I of France, he explored the Atlantic coastline of North America in the spring of 1524, . . . — — Map (db m3783) HM
To those who served
In honor of the living
In memory of the dead
[Plaque on the left side of the display:]
WWII Killed in Action
Seaman John R. Casper, Merchant Marine, N. Atlantic, 1945
Pvt. James E. . . . — — Map (db m137726) WM
You wouldn't know it from the surface. But this shallow bay (only three to four feet in most areas) brims with life. What lies beneath? Plankton, algae, grasses, worms, shrimp and minnows, clams and crabs, flounders and eels, stingrays and . . . — — Map (db m87794) HM