Villages of Talbot County
Envelope conveying a bill from John C. Harrison, merchant, to Elmer Kinnamon. Postmarked Avalon Isand, October 23, 1940. post office, though only the oldtimers remember it now. Then there’s poor Valliant, Maryland, which disappeared entirely, washed away with the rest of Poplar
Island, down to Dorchester County and beyond. I’m sure there must be others. After all, whole towns have vanished, like Frenchtown on the Elk River up in Cecil County. Most Talbot villages haven’t vanished, of course, but they certainly have changed. Once bustling with commercial activity of all kinds, now they are primarily residential communities. Even the smallest villages used to have shops of various kinds ~ small groceries, hardware stores, blacksmiths, boatyards, farm or marine supply stores, even restaurants, little department stores, and service stations. There were post offices, volunteer fire companies, and churches; the largest even had schools.
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