Douglas Poore, curator of the Greater Harrington Historical Society, will discuss his new book “Abandoned Railroads of Delmarva” in a live, online conversation hosted by the Lewes Public Library and Browseabout Books at 5pm on Monday May 10th.
For over 100 years, railways have been the king of transport, turning sleepy towns into major shopping centers and opening up areas of Delmarva to goods that once could only be read in magazines and newspapers. That all changed in the 1960s, when trucks carried items that railroad cars previously handled. Many old railway lines closed and were left to rust, while rails and stations were abandoned to state governments. Through photographs of stations and memorabilia from the railway companies that have crisscrossed Delmarva, Poore’s book resuscitates those early days, bringing Delmarva’s once essential railways back to life.
Poore is a long-time railroad enthusiast. Born and raised in Harrington, he grew up with the railroad in his back yard. From an early age he also owned model railroads, from his grandfather’s old Lionel to an HO scale layout that took up half of his parents’ attic. After retiring from a paramedic career, Poore combined his love of history and railroads by becoming the volunteer curator of the Greater Harrington Historical Society.
The discussion is free for the public. Registration is compulsory. To register, go to lewes.lib.de.us and visit the Virtual Programs for Adults page.
Participants are also encouraged to support the author by purchasing a copy of the book from the local independent bookstore Browseabout Books. Each copy purchased is accompanied by an archival ex-libris signed by the author. Orders can be placed online at browserboutbooks.com, by calling the store at 302-226-2665, or in person at 133 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach.