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Sarudy, Barbara Wells. Gardens and Gardening in the Chesapeake, 1700-1805. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.
Annotation / Notes: Gardens are the result of a particular culture and are an outward sign of a special grace, according to Maryland architecture writer H. Chandlee Forman. Early gardens reflected the tastes and enthusiasms of their owners as much as did their mansions. The author's engaging account of the significance of the domestic landscape to its proprietors and their visitors includes color illustrations of several of the estates.
Browne, Gary L. "Urban Centers of the Past." Maryland Heritage News 2 (Fall 1984): 6-7.
Annotation / Notes: A variety of factors effect the rise and fall of urban centers -- transportation, market, environmental, and political changes, as well as the rise of other centers. Browne presents a brief discussion of the fate of approximately ten urban centers.
Buckley, Geoffrey L. "Converting Minerals into Merchandise: Landownership and Environmental Alteration in the George's Creek Valley of Western Maryland, 1789-1842." Historical Geography 26 (1998): 151-75.
Nurnberger, Ralph D. "The Great Baltimore Deluge of 1817." Maryland Historical Magazine 69 (Winter 1974): 405-8.
Annotation / Notes: Calamities are popular topics for local historians. This discussion of a major flood of the Jones Falls, in Old Town Baltimore, includes an eyewitness account.
Weeks, Christopher. "Bouncing Along the Post Road: Eighteenth Century Harford County as Seen by Travelers." Harford Historical Bulletin 57 (Summer 1993): 74-127.
Annotation / Notes: Annotated excerpts from ten contemporary descriptions of traveling along the post road. The authors include such well known Colonial figures as Dr. Alexander Hamilton, Charles Willson Peale, and Benjamin Henry Latrobe.
Abbott, Collaner M. "Colonial Copper Mines." William and Mary Quarterly 27 (1970): 295-309.
Barnes, Brooks Miles, and Barry R. Truitt. Seashore Chronicles: Three centuries of the Virginia Barrier Islands. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1997.
Annotation / Notes: Much of this book captures a mood equally applicable to Maryland's sea islands. I suspect Norwood, in 1650, landed on a Maryland Island anyhow!
Brewington, M. V. Chesapeake Bay: A Pictorial Maritime History. 1953; 2d edition, New York: Bonanza Books, 1956.
Annotation / Notes: While primarily about boats on the Bay, Brewington's book has many contemporary environmental insights.
Capper, John, Garrett Power, and Frank Shivers. Chesapeake Waters: Pollution, Public Health and Public Opinion, 1602-1972. Centreville, MD: Tidewater Publishers, 1983.
Davidson, Steven G., Jay. G. Merwin, Jr., John Capper, Garrett Power, and Frank Shivers, Jr. Chesapeake Waters: Four Centuries of Controversy, Concern and Legislation. 1983; reprint, Centreville, MD: Tidewater Publishers, 1997.
Annotation / Notes: Primarily on the political process paralleling environmental change but containing many references to contemporary conditions and problems.
Force, Peter. Tracts and Other Papers Relating Principally to the Origin, Settlement, and Progress of the Colonies in North America: From the Discovery of the Country to the Year 1776. Washington, DC: Peter Force, 1836.
Annotation / Notes: At least Volumes I, and IV contain material relevant to Chesapeake Environment. Force performed a valuable service codifying and publishing these in the early nineteenth century, before some of the sources were lost. Volume IV contains Colony founder Father Andrew White's "Relation" of Maryland to Lord Baltimore, and his "Narrative of a Voyage to Virginia". In the relation of events of 1642 the text records what is plausibly, the first and only lethal shark attack in Chesapeake history. p. 37 in Force's Vol. IV.
Fusonie, Alan, and Donna Jean. George Washington, Pioneer Farmer. Mount Vernon, VA: Mt. Vernon Ladies Association, 1998.
Annotation / Notes: Washington's life gives many insights into colonial farming, and he had many contacts among Maryland Agriculturalists.
Fusonie, Alan, and Donna Jean. Images of the Chesapeake, 1612-1984. Catonsville, MD: Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1985.
Jefferson, Thomas, and Merrill D. Peterson, ed. Thomas Jefferson, Writings. New York: Penguin Books, Literary Classics of the United States, 1984.
Annotation / Notes: Jefferson, while a Virginian, re-invented the moldboard plow which ultimately was responsible for massive soil erosion Chesapeake Basin-wide. He made many pronouncements affecting Maryland agriculture and development in America.
Kelbaugh, Jack. "Diamondback Terrapin-An Ancient Anne Arundel Delectable-Part IV: The Bay Region's Terrapin Population in the 18th and 19th Centuries." Anne Arundel County History Notes 30 (January 1999): 5-6, 14.
Kryder-Reid, E. "The Archaeology of Vision in Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake Gardens." Journal of Garden History 14 (January-March 1994): 42-54.
Leone, Mark. "William Paca's Power Garden: The Art of Illusion in Colonial Annapolis." Maryland Humanities (July/August 1994): 9-11.
Middleton, Arthur Pierce. Tobacco Coast. 1953; reprint, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.
Annotation / Notes: Middleton, subsequently a retired Episcopal Canon, for years directed work at Colonial Williamsburg. This defining volume on Chesapeake Maritime History contains valuable environmental references coupled to the region's colonial economy.
Miller, Henry M. "Transforming a 'Splendid and Delightsome Land:' Colonists and Ecological Change in the Chesapeake, 1670 - 1820." Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences 76 (September 1986): 173-87.
Paca-Steele, Barbara, and St. Clair Wright. "The Mathematics of an Eighteenth-Century Wilderness Garden." Journal of Garden History [Great Britain] 6 (October-December 1986): 299-320.
Annotation / Notes: Garden of William Paca House, Annapolis.
Sarudy, Barbara Wells. "A Chesapeake Craftsman's Eighteenth Century Gardens." Journal of Garden History [Great Britain] 9 (July-September 1989): 414-52.
Sarudy, Barbara Wells. "Gardening Books in Eighteenth Century Maryland." Journal of Garden History [Great Britain] 9 (July-September 1989): 106-10.
Sarudy, Barbara Wells. "Genteel and Necessary Amusements: Public Pleasure Gardens in Eighteenth-Century Maryland." Journal of Garden History [Great Britain] 9 (July-September 1989): 118-24.
Sarudy, Barbara Wells. "A Late Eighteenth-Century 'Tour' of Baltimore Gardens." Journal of Garden History [Great Britain] 9 (July-September 1989): 125-40.
Sarudy, Barbara Wells. "The Old Man and the Garden: A Chesapeake Craftsman's Eighteenth-Century Grounds." Maryland Humanities (July/August 1994): 5-8.