Saving history at Handsell

Handsell - Then and Now

Fifteen years ago, Handsell Historic Site was nothing more than a forgotten property with a brick house. Today, however, the “old brick house at Chicone” — more than 230 years old — is being carefully restored, exhibits have been created, and much history — of Native Americans, English settlers, and African Americans — is being uncovered. Read the fascinating back story of how this spot near Vienna, Maryland, has been transformed thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers and a caring community. The guest commentary was written by Midge Ingersoll of the Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance and appeared recently in the Dorchester Banner. The article is not available online, but you can read it here.

Save the date for the annual Handsell fundraising “Soiree” on September 22, 2018 from 5 to 8pm at the historic “Garden of Eden,” circa 1830, on the Choptank River. Find out more at


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