In the first week of my internship I was shone a badly damaged and eaten plat that showed a path proposed for the
Since this short introduction of what Poplar Grove has concerning the
Thomas Emory’s dream was to see a railroad on the eastern shore of
My recent finds are not yet up on the MSA webpage since they have only just been scanned, but I hope they will be shortly.
One interesting find is resolution papers of the E.S.R.R. These are from what is believed to be 1836, but this is not documented. These papers tell of resolutions concerning the railroad, ranging from stock selling in an attempt to financially support construction of the railroad, to an agreement on the importance of a railroad on the eastern shore as well as how the people deserved a railroad.
A survey of
Shore, marking pickets for a
possible rail line from Rice
Creek towards the Green
Swamp was one of my favorite
discoveries while scanning.
The survey marks roads and
rivers on the line as well, should
things cross like“Road to
Sockwood’s folly bridge”
A bill draft for the railroad, possibly from the 1830's, was discovered that appears to have been ripped or cut in half. This bill dealt with a
variety of topics, such as, how the Eastern Shore Rail Road
would be set up and run by directors,how the elections for
directors would be organized and how land owners of land
needed for the railroad should be dealt with.
A short excerpt about director’s elections...
"Sect. 2. And be it enacted, that the elections of Directors, required by the Act, referred to, in the proceeding section, other that State Directors, shall be conducted in the following manner, that is to say; The Directors, for the time being, shall, annually, appoint two of the Stock holders, not being Directors, to the Judge of said elections, and to conduct the same, after having severally taken and subscribed an oath, or affirmation, before a Judge, or Justice of the Peace, well and truly, and according to the Law, to conduct such elections..."
The last two finds I want to note are a Queen Anne’s and
Thomas Emory’s dream and life’s work towards a railroad for the Eastern Shore of
Many thanks to Dr. Edward Papenfuse’s helpful transcription and of course Thomas Emory, for saving such a valuable collection of information for future generations to preserve and learn from.
Until next time…
Your trusty intern,