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which faced waves building across the widest reach of Chesapeake Bay. Other portions weren’t yet threatened, but eastside families were eventually too few to sustain the church, stores and school. Those last islanders relocated in 1918. An overstatement held, ‘They loaded their houses aboard their boats and sailed whichever way the wind was blowing.’ Of course, disassembling a dwelling and relocating needed careful planning, but island families did indeed scatter. Their Victorian houses cluster today from Tilghman Island to Cambridge and on to Crisfield.” I once stayed in a house on Holland Island Sound that had been

Rue, has a soft spot for islands and for years clipped articles and collected photos from all the local islands. He showed up one day with the first of several cartons of clippings and asked if I would write about his collection. “I ultimately zeroed in on Holland Island and its people: their heartbreaking loss and their indomitable spirit. By that time, I felt qualified to attempt to do justice to the people of Holland Island. This year is the 100th anniversary of the dissolution of their community. Erosion gradually forced Holland Islanders to dismantle their homes and sail for the mainland, beginning with houses sited on the western ridge,

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