Did you know that the state of Maryland loses approximately 260 acres of tidal shoreline every year due to erosion? That is a stunning fact when you think about the loss of property. The citizens of Maryland lose priceless farm lands and wildlife habitat, not to mention the potential loss of homes and businesses. One such place is the historic community of Holland Island. If you’re unfamiliar with Holland Island, you should take a look at this list of the 33 Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World and number 7 which is right here in the beautiful U.S.of A.
Mr. Stephen White, a minister who grew up on Holland island purchased it in 1995 for $70,000. It was disappearing rapidly and Mr. White started a foundation to save the island which had been a thriving community since it’s inception in the 1600’s! The last home standing was in a perilous position just feet from tumbling into the bay and desperate for a savior.
Sadly Mr. White could not rally enough support and in mid-October, 2010, after withstanding 125 years of mother nature’s wrath, the historic home finally succumbed to the mighty Chesapeake and collapsed. The island is hardly visible today. There is so much amazing history attached to the Chesapeake Bay and so many people I’ve met recently have no idea the place even exists. America’s past is so closely aligned with this spectacular place and you’d enrich your life two-fold if you got to spend some time on the Bay. It’s approximately 200 miles from the north end at the C & D canal to the south end and Norfolk, VA. In between lies an amazing treasure consisting not of gold and velvet rope eateries but of watermen, fishermen, sailors and stories from our country’s earliest days.
Unfortunately, I missed the last house on Holland Island and meeting Mr. White. For that I’m sad. While most of us can’t just up and travel to Italy, China, Africa or Germany to see the other spectacular places on this list there are so many critical and UN-ABANDONED special places under our noses that deserve discovery. What are some of the places you’ve been to? Maybe a road trip is in order, ay? Forget the gutters on the house. Forget the landscaping and the nineteen other things that you “need” to get done. Grab your hubby, wife, girlfriend, partner, dog and whomever else, jump in the car this weekend and take a road trip. It doesn’t have to be glamorous or cost and arm and a leg! If you’re on the east coast, jump on a train and hit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC or the Smithsonian in DC maybe… Niagara Falls? Grand Canyon? Yellowstone? Everglades? You catching my drift folks?
We have a lot of people reading from all around the globe. Each and every one of us in a paradise all our own. Just stop what you’re doing and take a look around. Do me one other favor… raise a glass and tip your cap to Mr. Stephen White and the last house on Holland Island. A gallant effort such as theirs should never go unnoticed or unappreciated.