Lower Eastern Shore 
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The LESHC 19th Annual Luncheon Meeting
& Heritage Awards is scheduled for May 15, 2019
at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, MD

The Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Area Council is pleased to announces the opening of their new FY19 Mini Grant project round.  Up to $15,000 in award funds is available. Eligible heritage tourism projects awards can range from $500 up to $5,000.  Official applications may be submitted from now until the October 19th deadline.

Non Profit 501(c)3 organizations and governmental related agencies are eligible.

It is a requirement to attend at least 1 free technical workshop in order to apply.  Three workshops will be held September 11.  More information on workshops is found in this newsletter.

Deadline for all applications is October 18, 2018 by noon. Application and eligibility guidelines official packet is available for download on the LESHC website
Heritage Area Spotlight!
Poplar Hill Mansion
Guest article by Sarah Meyers, Curator

Poplar Hill Mansion was built as the manor house of a farm outside the small eighteenth century town of Salisbury. Construction began in 1795. In 1803 the builder died and his property was ordered to be put up for sale for payment of debts. The house was still incomplete.
In 1805 the title passed to Salisbury’s first surgeon, Dr. John Huston. He tried to raise the funds to build a hospital in Salisbury to no avail. Instead, he had to practice his trade in his home. During the War of 1812, homes of prominent citizens were burned by the British; however, Poplar Hill was spared. British soldiers would have known Poplar Hill was the house of a surgeon and could bring their wounded there for treatment if need be.
When the Doctor died in 1828 a full inventory of his property was taken that showed among other possessions: 42 Windsor chairs, medical equipment, fruit trees, vegetable crops, sheep, cattle, and eighteen slaves on the property. Huston’s widow Sarah inherited the property. In the late 1840s to early 1850s, she partially subdivided it, overseeing the laying out of Poplar Hill Avenue and Isabella Street. The subdivision of “Poplar Farm” continued at a moderate rate before the Civil War. From the 1870s until World War One, the extended area experienced a building boom, creating Salisbury’s first suburb, or “Newtown.” Mrs. Huston left Poplar Hill to her daughter Elizabeth, who initiated its sale to George Waller in 1881. Over the years, Poplar Hill Mansion has gone from 357 acres to just one acre. In 1970, the property was put under easement and purchased by the Maryland Historical Trust and eventually sold to the City of Salisbury in 1974. The Mansion became a museum in 1975 and is maintained by the City and the Friends of Poplar Hill Mansion.
Open every Sunday from 1:00-4:00 for free tours and other times by appointment

read more about poplar hill mansion

Advanced Regisration is required a seating is limited.


9:30 AM TO 10:30 AM

11:00 AM TO 12 NOON

2:00 PM TO 3:00 PM

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