December 15, 2018

The Great Flood of 1933 Part 2

Flood

In his memoir, St. George Island resident David Sayre recalls the Great Flood that destroyed the small, isolated waterman’s community in southern St. Mary’s County. The storm struck on Aug. 23, 1933.

The Great Flood of 1933 Part 1

Great Flood of 1933

In his memoir, St. George Island resident David Sayre recalls the Great Flood that destroyed the small, isolated waterman’s community in southern St. Mary’s County. The storm struck on Aug. 23, 1933.

SlackWater: Changes at Cedar Point

SlackWater

The changes at Cedar Point at the onset of World War II transformed St. Mary’s County from an isolated farming community to a newly shaped culture. In 1940, the population of St. Mary’s rested at 14,626, a figure that had remained relatively constant since the first census in 1790. But by 1950, that figure jumped to 29,111.

SlackWater: Navy Brings ‘Boomtown Years’

SlackWater

By all accounts, the 1940s were the boomtown years in St. Mary’s, when workers by the thousands from all over poured into the county to build the Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

SlackWater: Cedar Point Erased to Make Way for Base

Cedar Point

In the late 1930s and early ’40s, rumors had circulated that the military was interested in the Cedar Point peninsula in St. Mary’s County. But days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, government officials and surveyors began the process of condemning the land. The patchwork of farms and settlements would soon be smoothed over to make way for the Navy.

SlackWater: World War II Transforms So. Md.

SlackWater

SlackWater tells the story of how Southern Maryland, in particular St. Mary’s County, was transformed after the advent of World War II — from an isolated agricultural community to a newly shaped culture, one that reflected the social and economic changes of a larger nation.

SlackWater: The Fight to Clean Up a River

SlackWater on Patuxent River

What began as a simple community effort in the late 1970s to protect the Patuxent River evolved into an epic, unprecedented five-year battle to force the Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Maryland to recognize and remedy the problems of the river.

SlackWater: Was the Bridge Worth It?

Flagging on Bridge

The Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge opened 40 years ago this week, connecting St. Mary’s and Calvert counties.

Early 20th-Century Education in Rural So. Md.

Rural Education SlackWater

Perhaps nowhere else is the segregation of blacks from whites and whites from blacks in the early 20th century rural landscape more evident than in the public school houses.

SlackWater: When Electricity Came to St. Mary’s

SlackWater

The SlackWater Center examines rural electrification and the changes it brought to Southern Maryland households.