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A Tour of Talbot County

cutting from the Isle of Jersey to his brother in the early 1800s. The huge grapevine lived into the 20th century but has since died. The ox horn is still in the possession of the Willis family, who no longer own the house. Thanks to Nick Willis for the photo of the ox horn.]

for a while the din and turmoil of city labor. Oxford is by no means devoid of attraction in its present state.” [Note: “Bob Random” could have been a realtor.] “In the garden of Mr. N. Willis are found the rarest and most delicious fruits, and before his door stands a grape tree, throwing its magnificent shade over the whole of his front yard, which must arrest the attention of every one. Among other matters of interest, I noticed the horn of an ox, which, if proportionate to the animal who wore such a pair, must have made some of your streets sealed avenues to him.” [Note: The Grapevine House across the street from the Robert Morris Inn was once owned by John Willis. John’s brother Capt. Wm. Willis brought the 40-inch carved ox horn from Italy and the grape

ROYAL OAK “C r o s s ing the c ount r y f r om Oxford to St. Michaels, you pass through a village called ‘Royal Oak,’ the lion of which is the ‘oak’ itself, a comely, stately tree, from a bough of which is suspended by an iron chain, a cannon ball, said to have been discharged by the British during the last war, to frighten the good St. Michaelites out of their st ubbor nly rebellious not ions.” [Note: This cannonball and one other are now hanging in the Royal Oak post office.] “In commemoration of the event, they have suspended the complimentary present as aforesaid, to be and remain for all time, a specimen of the good will of John Bull to brother Jonathan, and an example of the profit and loss of the dealings of that day.” [Note: John Bull was the British equivalent of our Uncle Sam, and the Brits called us Brother Jonathans then.] “St. Michaels is a considerable village, numbering 6 or 700 souls, and is situated on the Miles river, (query- St. Michaels river?)” [Note: The Miles R iver was or ig ina lly named the St. Michaels River] ~ 62

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