Shari's Lower DelMarVa Roots
Shari's Lower Delmarva Roots


CemTrek2002 Info | LDRoots Nabb Center Gathering Info | Local Accomodations

What is CemTrek? Click here to read the Lower Delmarva Roots post describing the three events that make up CemTrek2002.

CemTrek2002 is almost here!

There is no charge for CemTrek. If you'd like to join us, please send a note to Shari Handley.

Here's what's on the Agenda:

  • Sunday, August 4: A day of touring historic attractions in the Old Somerset area, as well as visiting old cemeteries and recording the data found on the tombstones for the USGenWeb Project's Tombstone Transcription Project. Bring a sack lunch, lots of fluids to drink, bug spray, sun screen, paper and pen or pencil.

    I'd like to finish up the work we started at the old Joshua Thomas Chapel on Deal Island, and very much need suggestions for additional graveyards to visit. I prefer smaller, family graveyards, if possible. Let me know if you have any suggestions.
    • 9:00 a.m. sharp - Meet at Fruitland City Hall on East Main Street at North Division Street in Fruitland.. We have received permission to park our extra vehicles there, and we will carpool and consolidate into as few vehicles as we possibly can for the actual CemTrek. Please be aware that you will PROBABLY be asked to ride with someone else during the time we are driving to and between the cemeteries. I would like to MINIMIZE the number of vehicles this year. PLEASE do not ask to be able to drive your own car for the CemTrek if you are asked to carpool in another vehicle.
    • Cemetery on Senkbiel Road off of Rte. 352 near the Green Hill Golf Course
    • There are a number of small graveyards in the Royal Oak/Sandy Hill/Wetipquin Road area that we could visit.
    • Jones-Dashiell-Roberts Graveyard, Jesterville Road north of Muddy Hole Road
    • I'm guessing that, at about this time, our appetite alarms will be ringing. We'll find a spot to stop and have a picnic lunch before continuing on.
    • Complete the recording of the graveyard at the Joshua Thomas Chapel (St. John's Methodist Church)on Deal Island.
    • Cokesbury Church Cemetery?
    • If time permits, visit and record graves at several cemeteries in the Fairmount area (also in Somerset County), such as:
      • Old Coventry Presbyterian Parish Church Cemetery
      • Fairmount Cemetery
      • Cemetery on Fishing Island Road

  • At around 4 p.m., we'll split up and return to our respective hotels or other lodgings to wash "the salt of centuries" off, pull the brambles from our hair, and douse those bug bites with Benadryl Gel.

  • Reconvene at around 7 p.m. for a delicious Eastern Shore Feast at the Red Roost on Clara Road in Whitehaven. One word - yum!

Lower Delmarva Roots
6th Annual Gathering

The following day, Monday, August 5, is the day for the LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS mailing list's annual Gathering.

Come and join us for a full day of cameraderie and research at Salisbury State University's wonderful Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture in Salisbury, Maryland! The doors open at 9:30 a.m., and the Center remains open until 9 p.m. The Nabb Center houses the finest collection of research tools for anyone with roots on the DelMarVa Peninsula, and a research trip to the area simply would not be complete without a visit. A $5 donation is needed for daily admission to the Nabb Center, or you may purchase a yearly membership with admission priviledges.

The Research Center is located on the East Campus of Salisbury State University on the southwest end of the Power Professional Building on Wayne Avenue between Bateman and Milford, office 190.

Local directions:

From Route 50, take Route 13 South Business to Bateman Street (one block after the stoplight at West College Avenue); turn left, cross railroad tracks and make a right turn onto Wayne Street. Continue past the athletic fields and past Power Street. Turn left into the parking lot at the Power Professional Building.

If further directions are required, please contact the Center at (410)543-6312.

Nabb Center Map

Local Accomodations

The following information is gleaned from discussions on the LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS mailing list on available lodging in the CemTrek area. These are the hotels and inns that were recommended by various listmembers as offering pleasant accomodations and convenient access to the CemTrek area.

"For anyone who saw the movie, The Runaway Bride with Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, it was filmed in Berlin, MD. A stay at the Atlantic Hotel - featured in the movie - might be a fun stay. It's about 15-20 minutes from Salisbury. Just a thought." - Mike Hitch
"If m-o-n-e-y is not a consideration, the Waterloo Country Inn B&B, which is between Princess Anne and Mt. Vernon (but a very short hop via ferry from Mt. Vernon to Whitehaven), would be delightful. c1750 brick mansion restored and converted to B&B". Click here for reservations, rates, and directions. - Rebecca Miller
"The Whitehaven Bed and Breakfast offers five charming Victorian rooms, furnished with antiques, all with views of the river and marsh. The Whitehaven B&B occupies two historic properties, the Charles Leatherbury House and the Otis Lloyd House". Click here for reservations, rates, and directions. - from the Whitehaven B&B web site
Maryen Harrett treated CemTrek98 attendees to a tour of her beautiful B&B, and we were all very impressed with the accomodations.
"Each time I have gone on a research trip to LDM I have stayed at the Comfort Inn and been quite satisfied. Nice, large clean rooms, very pleasant staff (particularly the lady on the front desk on the evening shift), continental breakfast and quite affordable if you get the business rate ($49 per week night and $62 Saturday and Sunday was the last I paid last October.)" - Jack Gracey
"Several years ago several of us tried to get accommodations in Salisbury. They were nice, but very expensive. We went to Princess Anne (Somerset County) and there is an old hotel built about 1740. It is the Washington Hotel & Inn (410-651-2525). I am not sure about the handicapped, but at least go and visit this old hotel. They have registration books before 1740 that my ancestors signed when they got drinks. There is an Econo Lodge also in Princess Anne (410-651-9400)." - Alton Gayle Rogers

Here are some more lists of area lodgings:

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