Tidewater Times December 2020

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Hurleys Neck by A.M. Foley

One day, archaeologists may study lost 19th-century civilizations of the Eastern Shore ~ perhaps Hurleys Neck. One denizen of Hurleys Neck, Fulton Fisher, went to his grave claiming to hold the record for fast-walking from Cow Lane to the crossroads store. Not all records are made to be broken. Few today could locate where the store once stood or pinpoint the overgrown Cow Lane, and none of those survivors is going to break any record for fast-walking.

Fulton (1908-1987) was born and raised in Dorchester County’s Hurleys Neck ~ not to be confused with the Hurleys Neck across the Nanticoke River in Wicomico County. The Hurleys were a fecund, longlived clan, many of whom made a living on the river. Timbering, carpentry and boatbuilding were other common skills. (“Ol’ man Hughes in his nineties was runnin’ the store’s ridgepole like a killdee’.”) The Fisher family home was one of many scattered about the Neck: around its lower edge at the marsh

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