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Waterway Open Again on the Bay headed for the big packing companies on Avalon Island operated by the Covington, Roe, Faulkner and Harrison families. As harvests from the Bay have dw indled, the island’s economic activity has come to depend more on the hospitality trade. Actually, this is nothing new for Tilghman’s Island, as it has been in this game since the 1890s. Visitors from the western shore would arrive by steamboat in Claiborne, then board a train. At the first stop, carriages (later taxis) from Tilghman would meet travelers and transport them down to the island. Some visitors came to hunt or fish; others were families looking for a pleasant vacation. Families sometimes stayed a month or more, the women and children enjoying the good times, summer breezes

Mrs. Elsie Jackson ~ Riverdale and Eastern Shore cooking while their husbands in the stif ling cities looked forward to joining them on the weekends. Local watermen offered hunting and fishing parties and served as guides; their wives ran the guest houses. They provided delicious meals of Eastern Shore fare, supplemented by the fresh seafood and game brought in by the husbands and the guests. At one time, nearly a dozen such

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