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Delmarva History In November

November 1, 1864
Maryland slaves were emancipated by State Constitution on this date. It is celebrated annually on the second Saturday of October as Uncle Nace's Day in Trappe, Maryland, named for Nathaniel Hopkins a freed slave who served in the Civil War and afterward help organize other newly free blacks so they would have schools and churches.

November 1, 1704
During November the first Assembly of Delaware's counties was convened in New Castle.

November 2, 1732
Birth date of John Dickinson in Talbot County, Maryland. Dikinson was elected President of Delaware in 1781. He initially objected to American Independence but he was eventually one of the framers of the Constitution.

November 3, 1686
Property for Askiminikonson Indian reservation on the Pocomoke River west of Snow Hill, Maryland was surveyed but not recorded officially so it would not legally belong to the Indians.

November 5, 1913
Digging began on the Lewes & Rehoboth Canal in Delaware, which had been authorized by U.S. River and Harbor Act of 1912.

November 11, 1863
Civil War hero Isaiah "Uncle Zear" Fassett was released from bondage, by his owner Sarah A. Bruff in Berlin, Maryland, to serve in the Union Army.

November 13, 1926
Harry Hughes, Maryland governor (1979-1987) was born in Easton.

November 13, 1904
During a late season hurricane the schooner Robert J. Poulson went down one-half mile southwest of Hog Island, Virginia.

November 14th, 1963
President John F. Kennedy visited the Delaware-Maryland border to dedicate the opening of the Interstate 95 highway in what turned out to be his last public appearance before he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

November 15, 1863
A Confederate ship was captured at Accomack. Four sailors in the "Rebel Navy" were captured and imprisoned at Point Lookout along with a number of civilian blockade runners.

November 19, 1861
New York Times reported that 4,000 troops arrived in Accomack, Virginia, from Newtown in Worcester County, Maryland to put down rebel insurgents.

November 19, 1925
The steamship Lenape a World War I troop transport ship, was burned at sea just before it was scuttled off the Delaware coast.

November 22, 1855
Kitty Knight passed away. She single handedly convinced British troops not to burn homes in Georgetown, Maryland in Cecil County, during the War of 1812.

November 30, 1782
Volunteers from Onancock attacked British ships off Hog Island, Virginia in order to stop the plundering of American ships and the local fishing fleet.

Wildlife In Season

Deer will be in mating season. Be careful hiking this time of year. Avoid posted hunting areas and wear bright colored clothes. Another interesting site among the usual fall color are these wild persimmons which are native to the area. Raptor season continues. Once the leaves have begun to fall this is a great time to look for hawks and falcons. To see owls you'll need to wait for the sun to go down.

Delmarva's Night Sky

Deer will be in mating season. Be careful hiking this time of year. Avoid posted hunting areas and wear bright colored clothes. Another interesting site among the usual fall color are these wild persimmons which are native to the area. Raptor season continues. Once the leaves have begun to fall this is a great time to look for hawks and falcons. To see owls you'll need to wait for the sun to go down.

Find out more on the Rhythms & Tides page.


Holidays This Month


Native American Heritage Month
November 1 - All Saints' Day (Christian)
November 2 - All Souls' Day (Christian)
November 5 - Daylight Saving Time ends
November 11 - Veterans Day
November 23 - Thanksgiving Day
November 35 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Birthstone: Topaz, Citrine
Flower: Chrysanthemum

Astrological Signs - Scorpio: October 23 - November 21, Sagittarius: November 22 - December 21

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