Author of Eastern Shore Road Trips Tells Us A Story About Black Cats of Poplar Island from 1847

Author of Eastern Shore Road Trips Tells Us A Story About Black Cats of Poplar Island from 1847


PRICE PRIMO TEAM MAKING HOME BUYING EASY WELL HERE’S A QUESTION TO PONDER HOW COULD A PLACE THIS BEAUTIFUL HAVE FRIGHT ATTACHED TO IT. WELL IT IS HALLOWEEN. SO WE’RE GOING TO EXPLORE THAT VERY QUESTION RIGHT NOW AND HERE TO HELP US THIS AFTERNOON WITH THAT IS MR. JIM DUFFY AUTHOR OF SECRETS OF THE EASTERN SHORE EASTERN SHORE ROAD TRIPS AND TUBMAN TRAVELS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. GOOD AFTERNOON BACK TO YOU IN YOUR NEW INDEED. NOW LET ME ASK YOU IS IT. IT’S NOT ACTUALLY GHOST STORIES THAT YOU’RE SHARING BUT HALLOWEEN THEMED THINGS I’VE RUN ACROSS IN MY RESEARCH THAT ARE JUST LIKE YOU THAT’S GONE OUT THERE RELATED YEAH. THAT’S AN GHOSTS IN THE SKY. YEAH. RIGHT I’M GLAD YOU BROUGHT UP BLACK COULD YOU TELL US ABOUT BLACK CATS A POPULAR ISLAND RIGHT. SO IN 1847 AN AD STARTED APPEARING IN THE NEWSPAPERS AROUND POPLAR ISLAND WHICH IS OUT BY TILMAN ISLAND AND ST. MICHAEL’S AND ALL THE COUNTY MARYLAND A GUY WAS GONNA PAY TWENTY FIVE CENTS FOR EVERY FEMALE BLACK CAT AND HE WANTED ONE THOUSAND BLACK MALE BLACK CAT. THE GUY’S NAME WAS CHARLES CARROLLTON AND HIS GRANDFATHER ACTUALLY SIGNED THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE SO HE WAS KIND OF FROM A BIG PROMINENT FAMILY. HE HAD HEARD THAT THERE WAS A BIG MARKET FOR BLACK CAT FUR IN CHINA ONLINE LIKE STOLZ HATS THINGS LIKE THAT AND HE WAS GOING TO MAKE HIS FORTUNE. HE WAS GOING TO PUT 1000 FEMALE BLACK CATS OUT ON POPLAR ISLAND BRINGING IN A FEW VERY HAPPY MALE KALISH AND HE DID ALL THAT. HE PUT THEM ALL OUT THERE AND HE HIRED WATERMAN TO GO OUT THERE WITH THEIR CATCH FOR THE DAY AND JUST THROW IT ON THE SHORE SO THAT THE CATS WOULD HAVE SOMETHING TO EAT. ALL RIGHT. EVERYTHING WAS GOING SWIMMINGLY ON TILL A DEEP FREEZE SET IN THE ENTIRE WATERWAY BETWEEN POPLAR ISLAND AND THE MAINLAND FROZE OVER AND ALL THE CATS SIMPLY STROLLED BACK TO THE OH MY GOD. NOW YOU IMAGINE LIVING IN LIKE WITH MAN OR TILMAN ISLAND AND JUST SEEING LIKE THIS IS OUR CATS FLOATING ACROSS THE ICE ON THE SUBZERO DAY ALL BLACK CATS RIGHT. THAT WOULD MAKE ME A LITTLE NERVOUS. A LITTLE BETTER NOW DO I UNDERSTAND THERE’S ALSO A DELMARVA VERSION OF THE BIRD’S THERE. SO YOU’VE SEEN ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S THE BIRDS RIDE. YOU REMEMBER I ALWAYS THINK OF IT AS THAT SCENE IN THE PHONE. YES YOU GET SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPENED AT HOG ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE OFF THE EASTERN SHORE OF VIRGINIA SO IT WAS THE YEAR NINETEEN HUNDRED A LIGHTHOUSE AND BIRDS. THERE’S A BIT OF MOTH TO THE FLAME ASPECT SOMETIMES BIRDS CAN POP IN. BUT THE TWO LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS WERE THERE NEVER SAW ANYTHING LIKE THEY DID ONE NIGHT IN NINETEEN HUNDRED WHEN THEY CAME UNDER ASSAULT JUST LIKE IT READS JUST LIKE SOMETHING ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S THE BIRDS WERE THESE GEESE STARTED FLYING AND ONE WOULD HIT ANOTHER WOULD THEN TEN WOULD HIT AND WHEN HE WOULD HIT THE KEEPERS WERE ACTUALLY DOWN ON THE GROUND AS THIS STARTED BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE THE KEEPER STARTS WHERE THEY CLIMB. ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY FEET UP IN A PANIC TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT ALL THESE BIRDS WERE DOING. THEY BANK PARK THEY TRIED SHOOT THEM AWAY WITH SHOVELS AND BROOMS. THEN THEY GOT THEIR GUNS OUT THEY STARTED FIRING AGAIN. THE BIRDS KEPT COMING BY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SLACKENED INTO LIKE THEY BROKE THE GLASS AROUND THE LIGHTHOUSE THE KEEPERS RAN OUT OF AMMUNITION TRYING TO SHOOT THE BIRDS AND THE KEEPERS HIDING FOR THE NIGHT UP IN THE WHITE HOUSE IN SOME LITTLE ALCOVE UNDER THE STAIRS WHEN THEY WERE SAFE AND WHEN THEY GOT UP IN THE MORNING THE LIGHT WAS STILL WORKING BUT ALL OF THE GLASS AROUND IT HAD BROKEN AND SAD TO SAY THERE WERE BIRD CARCASSES EVERYWHERE ALL AROUND THE BASE OKAY. THAT’S WHERE THEY KICKED OUT SO THE KEEPERS THEN BUILT A LITTLE CAGE AROUND IT TO PROTECT IT AND THE BIRDS ACTUALLY CAME BACK AND KNOCKED THE LIGHT OUT. THE NEXT NIGHT AND THEN NOTHING SO. AND THEN IT WENT BACK TO NORMAL WHERE EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE A SINGLE BIRD WOULD FLY INTO THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS WOULD NOTICE IT BUT IT WAS JUST THESE TWO DAYS. NOTHING LIKE THAT EVER HAPPENED THAT NIGHT. I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING HAPPEN LIKE THAT ON ANY LIGHTHOUSE IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. I’VE NEVER COME ACROSS THAT IN MY TIME GRANT. YOU DON’T STUFF AUTHOR JIM DUFFY OKAY WANT TO TAKE A LITTLE BREAK BUT WE’RE COMING BACK. YOU’RE GOING TO TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT PHANTOM IN

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