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Blake, Allison. The Chesapeake Bay Book: A Complete Guide. 3rd edition. Lee, MA: Berkshire House Publishers, 1997.
Annotation / Notes: A well researched tour guide for the general population.
Earle, Swepson. The Chesapeake Bay Country. Baltimore: Thomsen-Ellis Company, 1923.
Annotation / Notes: Divided into three regions -- southeastern Maryland, Upper Bay, and the Eastern Shore, this work includes a history for each, written by five noted authors, followed by a description of the counties in each, along with places of interest and the people of these places. The histories of the areas places special emphasis on major houses and genealogy of the owners. It is nicely illustrated with contemporary photographs, which nearly 80 years later serve as historic images. There are four pages of interesting photos of African Americans.
Reps, John. Tidewater Towns: City Planning in Colonial Virginia and Maryland. Williamsburg, VA: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1972.
Annotation / Notes: Early towns did not generally spring out of nowhere. Town planning was common and an important part of Chesapeake Maryland's colonial history. The government played an active role in the founding and formation of towns. Annapolis and the District of Columbia were unique in that their plans did not resemble those common amongst other English colonies.
Smith, Bert. Down the Ocean: Postcards from Maryland and Delaware Beaches. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.
Annotation / Notes: Arranged by theme and subject -- famous housing, boardwalk, on the beach, life saving. It presents a vivid picture of life at the shore as interpreted through postcards. Includes some illustration on spots on the way -- diners, bridges, etc. Information on the cards themselves is included and adds to the work's usefulness.
Wilstach, Paul. Tidewater Maryland. Indianapolis, IN: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1931.
Annotation / Notes: A narrative history of those Maryland counties, all but seven of the twenty-three, touched by saltwater, arranged by theme and locale. There is a great deal of emphasis on the founding of towns and important personages, a wide variety of subjects are covered.
Wingate, Phillip J. A Guide to Maryland State Archives Holdings of Caroline County Records on Microfilm. Annapolis: Maryland State Archives, 1989.
Wingate, Phillip J. A Guide to Maryland State Archives Holdings of Cecil County Records on Microfilm. Annapolis: Maryland State Archives, 1989.
Wingate, Phillip J. A Guide to Maryland State Archives Holdings of Dorchester County Records on Microfilm. Annapolis: Maryland State Archives, 1989.
Wingate, Phillip J. A Guide to Maryland State Archives Holdings of Kent County Records on Microfilm. Annapolis: Maryland State Archives, 1989.
Wingate, Phillip J. A Guide to Maryland State Archives Holdings of Queen Anne's County Records on Microfilm. Annapolis: Maryland State Archives, 1989.
Wingate, Phillip J. A Guide to Maryland State Archives Holdings of Somerset County Records on Microfilm. Annapolis: Maryland State Archives, 1989.
Wingate, Phillip J. A Guide to Maryland State Archives Holdings of Talbot County Records on Microfilm. Annapolis: Maryland State Archives, 1989.
Wingate, Phillip J. A Guide to Maryland State Archives Holdings of Worcester County Records on Microfilm. Annapolis: Maryland State Archives, 1989.
Carr, Lois Green, and Lorena S. Walsh. "The Standard of Living in the Colonial Chesapeake." William and Mary Quarterly 45 (January 1988): 135-59.
Annotation / Notes: Carr and Walsh make detailed use of probate records from seventeenth and eighteenth century Maryland to argue that the period in Chesapeake area history represented a shift from an early emphasis upon material necessities to an improved standard of living marked by "gentility." The authors contend that this change reached across class lines and helped to fuel, rather than check, the productive economy of the colony. The article includes extensive tables and graphs of evidence regarding consumer items for several Maryland and Virginia counties.
Ford, T. Latimer, Jr. "Adena Sites on Chesapeake Bay." Archaeology of Eastern North America, 4 (Winter 1976): 63-89.