On Thanksgiving Day, a couple of years ago, I made a side trip to Mechanics Cemetery on East State Street, on the way to Mom’s.

Mechanics Cemetery, Millsboro

One of my granddaughters had stayed overnight with me, so I took advantage of an early arrival in town to share some seasonal thoughts with her.  I told her how my grandmother Bessie Carey and I, and then later my father and I, had frequented the cemetery.  We would walk among the graves, noting the names and dates of those interred there and then we would reflect on the lives they had lived, and how each of them had touched our family.

Of particular significance on that occasion, I remarked to my granddaughter, was just how many Thanksgivings were represented there.  In one sweeping view of the monuments dotting our perspective, we were looking at almost 200 years of community history.  Before us lay the earthly remains of people who had lived, toiled, and contributed to the development of Millsboro, and celebrated many Thanksgivings there before us. Without their efforts, our community would not exist.

Many of those interred there celebrated only a few Thanksgivings. Without their sacrifices, we would have much less to celebrate.

Click here and read about a special Thanksgiving that took place during World War II.

Doe Bridge Area Walkabout

Our next get together is scheduled for December 4th (Rain date December 11th) at 2:00 PM

We’ll meet along Delaware 30, 1.5 miles north of Millsboro, on the west side of Route 30, across from Doc Frame Road. Park just off the road, in the area of the open field, just north of the Revel Farm.

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What A Difference A Day Can Make

So much has happened in the last few weeks…

The Mid-Atlantic States have been jolted by a 5.8 earthquake,

The entire Eastern Seaboard has been pelted by wind, rain and storm surge of Hurricane Irene,

Our nation is still reeling from the effects of the hottest July on record,

A wide-spread, devastating drought lingers in the mid-South,

Which in itself has contributed to fires that have consumed vast swaths of land and hundreds of homes.

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Doe Bridge Association Meeting

The second meeting of the Doe Bridge Association was held on Sunday, 10 July, with five new members in attendance! Although the majority of original ‘members’ couldn’t be present, they are expected to be a part of the field trip in the fall. We wrapped up the 90-minute agenda in record time and spent the remaining 75-minutes reminiscing. There’s a lot to talk about when you haven’t seen each other in several years.

We decided on early November for our walkabout and now the task begins of pin-pointing the specific sites of interest, mapping out our route, determining what’s public or private, and gaining permission for access from the respective parties.

Although I speak of Doe Bridge, my actual interest is somewhat broader, and it lies in the old colonial road that began in coastal Delaware Bay and ran toward Millsboro.

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Millsboro History Documents Shared

Dick Carter has been gracious in his support for my endeavor with this website and he provided me a couple of documents that are being placed here in the Library for your enjoyment. The first document has a wealth of information about Millsboro, going way back. Bet you won’t be able to put it down!

In Dick’s words: “Someone gave me the PDF of the ‘History of Millsboro’ which was prepared by a group of teachers at the Millsboro Public School for some course they were taking, probably done about 1950. You will know many of the names. It has some very interesting information in it…”

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Someone has stolen the Mason-Dixon Line!

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Did Someone Steal The Masey-Dixy Line?

The Mason-Dixon Line

Well, I guess it’s not quite as bad as all that. No one has actually taken our southern border. And that boundary is not really part of the original Mason-Dixon Line, anyway.

The Mason-Dixon Line defined the southern boundary of Pennsylvania with West Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware, and the western boundary of Delaware with Maryland. The actual survey line between Maryland and Delaware has also been referred to as the North-South Boundary.

So, am I in Somerset County or Sussex County?

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Old Drug Store Bottles

Early in 2007, when a new roof was being planned for Carey’s Frame Shop, it became necessary to remove all of the items from the third floor to prevent damage. The second floor had been transformed years before by dad with custom storage racks for picture frame molding, so room had to be found off-premises for everything.

In preparation for the move, my older daughter and I spent the better part of a couple of days sorting through years of dust, debris, and an assortment of period drug store-related items. But mostly it was bottles. Bottles, bottles and more bottles.

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