First Maryland Company News
On Tuesday, May 14th, 16 members and 6 guests met at Fisherman’s Inn restaurant in Graysonville (on Kent Island), Maryland. Following a short business meeting and a delicious lunch, they were treated to an informative and entertaining presentation by the President of the Kent Island Heritage Society.
Most of the First Maryland Company members and their guest speaker
Following lunch, the President of the Kent Island Heritage Association. Jack Broderick, talked about Kent Island’s origins as a trading post explored, founded and established by Jamestowne settler Colonel William Claiborne; how the island became part of the Maryland colony, and the ensuing battles (political and actual) over the island’s change in ownership. His talk focused mainly on the 1600’s events that established Kent Island as part of Virginia and then transferred its ownership to Maryland. However, he also talked about more recent events that have affected the island’s growth and development, ending with the building in 1952 of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Mr. Broderick ended his presentation by telling his audience that many old Kent Island families proudly proclaim that they are descended from “Claiborne’s Men,” thus keeping alive Kent Island’s Jamestowne, Virginia connection. A lively question and answer session followed his presentation.
As a token of appreciation, Company Governor Harry Redd and Treasurer Jerry Zillion presented to Mr. Broderick a $50 honorarium check payable to the Kent Island Heritage Society.
Company Governor Harry Redd (l.) and Treasurer Jerry Zillion (r.) presented a check to guest
speaker Jack Broderick for use of the Kent Island Heritage Society
First Maryland Company’s next meeting is scheduled as a luncheon beginning at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, October 16th. The meeting will be at Montgomery Country Club, 20908 Golf View Drive, Laytonville, Maryland 20882. This will be the Company’s annual business meeting. Members will receive a reminder notice closer to the actual date.