Originally Posted by Ex-Ithacan
@ BT, I really should check those places out sometime. btw, Easton is in part 1 if you didn't see it.
Yeah, I did see it. Very nice. I grew up in the MD suburbs of DC but spent a fair amount of time wandering the Eastern shore, by car and by boat and I loved the place back then (1960's). My uncle had a softshell crab business near Cambridge and many a summer weekend we'd cruise over to Kent Island from Annapolis. Summers meant two weeks vacation in Ocean City and fall/winter meant fishing for large mouth bass and pickerel and/or duck hunting on some land near Easton owned by a friend of my dad. Also, since I went to school in Baltimore, I met guys there from Salisbury, Ocean City and other Eastern Shore towns.
I mentioned Tangier Island especially as a place you might want to explore because it's an amazing place. It and its people are so isolated that as recently as the 1970's they spoke an English dialect reminiscent of Shakespearian English (the place was settled in the 1600's--their language remained untainted by outside influences that long). A documentary on PBS by Robert McNeil called "The Story of English" about how the language has evolved included a segment of recorded speech from these people demonstrating how Shakespearian speech probably sounded: http://ling.cornell.edu/teachling/AV/story3.html