Daybreak on the Tred Avon River at the Port of Easton, Maryland on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Explore Chesapeake Heritage

Listen to Carlisle’s Chesapeake podcast series of historical Black American journeys. Dr. Mark Leone will lead the series off with his anthropological work on The Hill in Easton, Maryland, one of America’s oldest free Black communities according to the first Federal census done in 1790.

Frederick Douglass is from Talbot County; Easton is its seat. Douglass returned to The Hill after the Civil War to dedicate the Asbury United Methodist Church and the Bethel AMEC Church, anchors in the community.


The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the U.S.  From these fertile shores – Washington, D.C. and Baltimore on the west and the Delmarva Peninsula on the east – we broadcast Chesapeake history, culture and its environment.

  Tracy Jenkins, under the leadership of Dr. Mark Leone of the University of Maryland and Professor Dale Green of Morgan State University, discusses the anthropology studies teams of Morgan and College Park students have undertaken on The Hill in Easton, Maryland, one of the country’s first free black communities.  Tracy also discusses the buffalo […]



My garden history journey began when I had my own floral business.  My interest was piqued after reading about the DuPont family interest in botany which they brought from France to the Delaware shores – what a legacy they created!

Site specific abstract metal sculpture designed and created by Mary Ann Mears was display at Ladew Topiary Gardens. Mears created “Red Buoyant” in the Inner Harbor, Baltimore, and “Imagination Station” in Bethesda, Maryland. Her work is inspired by nature, growing natural forms.  


Freedom’s Gardener, James F. Brown, Horticulture, and the Hudson Valley in Antebellum America, by Myra B. Young Armstead, is a book about a slave who became a master gardener and died a freeman.  James F. Brown kept diaries between 1829-1866.  Professor of History at Bard College, NY, Armstead brings to light how the citizens of the […]



Here is the catch-all for more travel, psychology, art, food … Enjoy!

Built for James Deering in 1912 on Biscayne Bay south of Miami Beach, Florida, Vizcaya  sits on 130 acres.  Paul Chalfin helped Deering decorate both the interior and exterior gardens including the lovely interior courtyard.


Dr. John A. Snyder tells us not to live life in the key of “Middle C.” The brain is altered with pharmaceuticals, “medicines” that try to put us in the middle. Healthy human beings should be able to experience life’s pleasures and pains inherently.  


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