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On November 13, 1907 my great-grandparents, John C. and Rilla Wood gave a tenth birthday party for their ten-year-old son Franklin at their home Spencer Hall on Eastern Neck Island. Family news and reports indicate it was quite a sumptuous dinner of turkey and oysters in all styles served at six in the dining room that overlooked the farm and the Chesapeake Bay. At nine the night continued with music, dancing, ice cream, cake and fruits.
This celebration would also mark another important event, one in which Franklin would be noted as an eight-generation Eastern Neck and Rock Hall native joining family members on the land and place of his birth that he loved so much.
Not much has changed for me in terms of how I lived, celebrated and feel about this place Rock Hall. Yes, there have been changes in the land and what the tides have taken away, but the core of our community and life is still much the same. We are ones that work with ourhands and hearts and continue to honor and celebrate our traditions, heritage and lifestyle.
I have always felt that Rock Hall deserved its own news and I am honored to have this opportunity. From our history, to our celebrations and events, through our struggles and accomplishments and how we make it all work, I believe that Rock Hall is like no other place. It can also be said that what matters most to us is that, yes, you can always come back home whether you have been here for generations or for just one day.
When coming up with a name our new online news source, we chose Rock Hall Wave not only because of its nautical nod but because of our custom of waving to everyone in our path.
I found the following dedication in the 1957 Rock Hall Historical Collection published for our 250th Celebration produced by the Rock Hall Commemoration Committee. I can think of no better words than this to launch our new publication, the Rock Hall Wave:
Dedicated to the memory of those who lived or visited here in the past; the enjoyment of our contemporaries; and the heritage of those of tomorrow.
Robin Wood Kurowski
Publisher & Editor