An Afternoon in Rhodesdale

Recently my father and I hiked deep into the woods near Rhodesdale, Maryland, in search of the site of my grandmother’s childhood home. Her family rented it in the 1930s, then moved to nearby Hurlock. She recalls visiting the deteriorating house several times during the following decades; at the time of her last visit, probably in the late 1960s, the house had collapsed. During the last couple of years, she had expressed interest in trying to find the site, so I used topographic maps to identify the most likely location, which happens to be on heavily wooded state land. A neighboring landowner was kind enough to share her extensive knowledge of the history of the neighborhood, and led us to what’s left of an old public road; the same road that my grandmother’s older siblings once walked down every day to meet the school bus.

We found the site exactly where I expected to, and although it seems that the house itself was removed long ago, clusters of daffodils and fragments of cinder blocks in partial clearings mark its location.

 

The old public road.

 

Dad investigates clusters of daffodils.

 

A peculiar tree in the largest clearing.

 

An unusual depression.

 

Daffodils in the background of a second clearing.

 

Pieces of cinder blocks in the second clearing; possibly from the house or a shed.

 

– Chris Slavens

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Filed under Dorchester County, Maryland, Maryland history

2 responses to “An Afternoon in Rhodesdale

  1. YES, THIS ‘MAY’ BE THE ROAD FROM WALNUT LANDING BACK TO REIDS GROVE ON THE RHODESDALE VIENNA ROAD, IF SO THERE SHOULD BE A GRAVE YARD ALONG IT SOMEPLACE.

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    • Chris Slavens

      This particular road originally connected LeCompte and Centennial Roads, but now it doesn’t actually reach either of them. This surviving section is completely surrounded by woods.

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