The Marshalls of Smith Island

by Tom Horton   Name four of earth’s most precious natural resources, little Maria Marshall was asked on a test in elementary school: Gold, water, oil, she responded....and “turkles”—this last a perfect answer for a child of Smith Island, a unique fishing community that has persisted for centuries, ten miles offshore in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. …

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High Tide in Dorchester by Tom Horton

I remember hitting softballs with friends in front of my dad’s hunting and fishing cabin on the Honga River in lower Dorchester County. Centerfield is now four feet underwater, some 200 feet from the shoreline. Today a child in Dorchester county, one of the largest counties in Maryland, may see his yard, his playgrounds, and much of …

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