December 3, 1847
Eastern Shore native Frederick Douglass begins publishing the anti-slavery newspaper The North Star.
December 4, 1931
A mob lynched African American, Matthew Williams, on the courthouse lawn in Salisbury, Maryland.
December 4, 1882
The Bark Maddalena Secondo was stranded at Cedar Island, Virginia. The boat's drunken crew had to be forced to shore by the local lifesaving station keeper John B. Whealton and his crew.
December 6, 1920
A fire destroyed a substantial section of the business district of Lewes, Delaware.
December 6, 1884
The schooner Margaret A. May was wrecked at North Beach, Maryland, when a gale pushed the ship beyond the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.
December 6, 1632
Capt. David Pieterson DeVries arrives at Swanendael to find the Dutch whaling colony destroyed.
December 7, 1883
The Albert Dailey Smith wrecked off Smith Island Station, Virginia in a dense fog.
December 7, 1968
Attorney and pilot Ed Nabb made his first Holly Run to Tangier Island. Each year a squadron of small planes brings holly to decorate the churches and homes there. Santa tags a long to visit the kids too.
December 7, 1787
Delegates meeting at a tavern in Dover signed documents making Delaware the first state to do ratify the US Constitution.
December 8, 1963
Lightning caused the crash of a jet airliner killing 81 persons at Elkton, Maryland.
December 9, 1983
Chesapeake Bay Agreement to improve water quality and living resources of Bay signed by Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, District of Columbia, Chesapeake Bay Commission, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The agreement was updated again on December 14, 1987
December 14, 1905
A schooner, the Pendleton Sisters wrecked at Metomkin Island, Virginia during a Nor'Easter.
December 15, 1864
During this month, General B. F. Butler, the Union commander for the Eastern Shore of Virginia, declared that no preachers could preach unless they took an oath of allegiance to the United States.
December 24, 1673
Lord Baltimore's soldiers from nearby Maryland raided and burned buildings in Whorekill, Delaware.
December 27, 1884
The Norwegian Bark Lena, broke apart after hitting the shoals off Hog Island Station, Virginia taking the lives of eight men.