Voices of the Chincoteague: Memories of Greenbackville and Franklin City

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Beginning around the turn of the 20th century, people flocked to boom towns like Greenbackville and Franklin City on Virginia's remote Chincoteague Bay to cash in on the lucrative oyster trade. Most eventually settled for simple rural lives, living a cash and barter economy, commuting on foot or by boat, always closely tied to the tide and water. From mystery in the marsh to jealous lovers, these accounts of life on the Bay are filled with work boats, crab pots, and saltwater. ...
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Voices of the Chincoteague:: Memories of Greenbackville and Franklin City

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Overview


Beginning around the turn of the 20th century, people flocked to boom towns like Greenbackville and Franklin City on Virginia's remote Chincoteague Bay to cash in on the lucrative oyster trade. Most eventually settled for simple rural lives, living a cash and barter economy, commuting on foot or by boat, always closely tied to the tide and water. From mystery in the marsh to jealous lovers, these accounts of life on the Bay are filled with work boats, crab pots, and saltwater.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738524986
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 5/30/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 850,851
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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As "come 'eres"--newcomers--to the Eastern Shore, authors Martha A. Burns and Linda S. Hartsock bring a fresh perspective to life on t he Bay. They present here t he memories of a vanishing way of life in rural America, largely in the words of those who lived it and worked it. Much of the language, insights, and emotion of t he last century are here for all to read, coupled with the authors' observations and interpretations of t heir neighbors and the bay they call home.
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Table of Contents


Preface     viii
Those Who Helped     xii
Lay of the Land     17
Welcome to Greenbackville     17
Seasons of the Chincoteague     20
Community Anchors     28
The Right Arm of Community     28
Iron Horse of the Eastern Shore     31
Fired Up Community     35
Raising the Roof     38
Law and Disorder     43
On My Honor     45
Common Touchstone     47
Off to School     50
Saltwater Chanteys     54
Working the Water     54
Keep What You Catch     57
Raftin' in the Winter     59
Boys on the Bay     61
Tools of the Trade     63
Harbor From a Gut     68
Catching Crabs the Hard Way     71
Heavy Lifting     72
Protecting Your Turf     75
The Secret of Clamming     77
Poling the Boat     79
A Survival Skill     80
Nobody Picked More Crabs     82
Workboat Adventure     83
The Handwriting on the Wall     84
No Such Thing as 9 to 5     90
Making aBuck     90
Shave and a Haircut     96
Filling the Cans     97
Kid's Work     102
Working the Land     104
Working Women     107
Saltwater Lumber Jacks     111
Making Hay and Drum Fishing     112
Life Goes On     115
We Take Care of our Own     115
Making Ends Meet     119
Woman Tied Down     121
Bring 'ere Wives     123
Don't Go Runnin' Off to the Doctor     125
Go Anywhere, Do Almost Anything     128
When Houses Were Homes     129
Going Visiting     132
Before Refrigeration     134
Newfangled Inventions     139
Ways Out     142
Stoked and Smoked     145
Characters in Their Own Right     149
Airplane in a Crate     149
Driving on Home     152
Better Make it Two     154
Finding God in the Marsh     155
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder     157
Pinky the Horse     158
The Girl with the Impala     159
Those who were Different     161
She Was Somethin' Else      164
Shore is Purdy     166
Happenings     168
Life with Wind and Water     168
Ole Time Religion     175
If It Weren't for those Pigeons     176
The War Remembered     177
Hard Candy Christmas     181
Cold Case Files     183
Not Little League     186
Sled Train Disaster     188
Vanilla, Chocolate, Pineapple?     189
My Lucky Break     191
Riding the Train, By Gum!     192
Hereabouts     197
Red Hills     197
Pope's Island     201
Captain's Cove     203
A Tale of Two Towns     209
Afterword     212
Local Lingo     214
Early History     218
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