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Living History Along the Big Elk

A free talk by Emily Kilby

Scattered throughout the nearby Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area are the remains of one of Maryland's earliest settlements, now nearly forgotten. The inhabitants were displaced and their homes left to fall into ruin when William du Pont, Jr., purchased more than 100 properties between 1927 and 1965 to create the 6,000-acre estate that later became Fair Hill. Ms. Kilby will tell the stories of former inhabitants, among them a settler’s son who moved to North Carolina and led a revolution there, a lowly welldigger whose work has outlasted that of his industrialist neighbor, a strong-willed single woman notorious for the tavern she ran, and a hardy widow whose small farm provided abundantly for her large family.

Date & Time

May 12, 2016


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