Vanishing Islands: A Story of History's "Invisible People" on Islands in the Chesapeake Bay-How They Lived and Worked and Played


This lighthearted account of the imperiled Bay islands off the Eastern Shore of Maryland focuses on the sociology of these isolated islands in the second half of the twentieth century. This group of tough, independent, isolated Americans first got electricity in 1947-two years after World War II had ended! The author takes readers on a fascinating tour, complete with tidbits of history, that captures the beauty of the islands, the wildlife, and the spirit of the people. Did you know that the base line of the Mason-Dixon line was anchored on Taylor's Island? Did you know that milk snakes like to nest in old houses? Open this book and enjoy the vivid descriptions of the natural life of the islands. Meet the watermen and farmers and catch a glimpse of their way of life, their backgrounds, their customs, and their culture. Visit the author's 1812 farm house on Taylor Island with all its quirks and charm. Take a walk on the beach. Sit down to the bounty of an oyster supper. Share many smiles and a few tears.

Frances Kolarek

2008, 5½x8½, paper, 190 pp.

ISBN: 9780788449017