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Deal Island Historic District
Inventory No.: S-371
Other Name(s): Great Devil's Island;Devil's Island;Deil's Island;Deals Island
Date Listed: 9/6/2006
Location: Deal Island, Somerset County
Category: District
Period/Date of Construction: c. 1815-1954
Resources: 99 (81 contributing, 18 non-contributing)
Description: The village of Deal Island is located in the northwest section of a long peninsula bounded by the Manokin River to the south and Tangier Sound to the north and west. The island is connected to the mainland by a bridge that carries Deal Island Road (MD 363) over Law's Thorofare, a narrow strait that forms the island's northeastern boundary. Deal Island Harbor, still an active marina for fishing boats and an occasional skipjack, is located at the north end of the community adjacent to the bridge. Bordered by low land and marsh, Deal Island Road winds through the upper end of the island along the highest ridge of land. Many of the principal structures that define the Deal Island Historic District are found along the road, with a number of additional structures on the side roads and lanes that branch off the Deal Island Road. The south end of the district is lower in elevation and is characterized by an expanse of open space defined largely by marsh. The most common house type found in the district is the two or 2 1/2-story, three-bay, single-pile form, sometimes with a cross gable, dating from the late 19th century through the first quarter of the 20th. Also found in the district are examples of the regional stepped or "telescope" house form. Nationally popular early-20th century domestic architecture, such as Queen Anne, foursquare, bungalow, and Colonial Revival are also found. Of the few commercial structures in the district, the 1912 brick Bank of Somerset is the most distinctive. One Greek Revival-style church and two in the Gothic Revival style contribute to the district. Deal Island Road continues south of the historic district to the village of Wenona; due to a large stretch of marsh and open ground between the two villages, Wenona is not included within the limits of the district boundary. The 433-acre district contains 81 buildings and three cemeteries that contribute to its significance. Significance: The Deal Island Historic District is locally significant for its architecture, as a representative collection of 19th and 20th century structures which reflect the livelihoods and priorities of island inhabitants and their institutions. Deal Island is one of two islands in Somerset County which have been inhabited continuously since the 17th century. The surviving dwellings, churches, and commercial buildings that define the village span the period between 1815 and the mid 20th century, and the collection of standing structures forms a diverse and distinctive representation of architectural traditions embraced by the range of island residents who resided here over the course of two centuries. Aside from the c. 1815 Federal-style Severn Mister House, and a portion of the c. 1825-30 Anderson House, the housing stock on Deal Island dates from the period stretching from 1870-1950, and includes a number of distinctive building traditions that are locally significant. Particularly evident are a number of stepped or "telescope" dwellings that are indigenous to Somerset County and the Eastern Shore in general. While common throughout the Eastern Shore as a whole, the community of Deal Island survives with one of the largest concentrations of stepped format service wing dwellings in Somerset County. Deal Island Historic District derives additional significance for its association with Reverend Joshua Thomas (1776-1853). Born in Somerset County on Potato Neck, Joshua Thomas was drawn to the Methodist religion as espoused by its early missionaries who traveled through the lower Shore during the last quarter of the 18th century. After his conversion at the age of 29, Thomas figured prominently in the growth and development of Methodism on the lower eastern shores of Maryland and Virginia, particularly serving the island and coastal villages in the region. He maintained a large presence on Deal Island by ultimately settling there, and he is buried next to the meeting house that bears his name. The period of significance for this district begins c. 1815, the approximate construction date of the Severn Mister House, the earliest extant in the district, and continues to 1954, by which date the historic character of the district had become fully established.

District Resources (99) (81 contributing, 18 non-contributing)

From associated listing in National Register nomination form. C = Contributing, NC = non-contributing, blank = not evaluated.

AddressStatusResource Name and MIHP (if any)
10270 Hotel RoadCFoskey Family Partnership
10244 Hotel RoadC 
10236 Hotel RoadC 
10226 Hotel RoadC 
10220 Hotel RoadC 
10206 Deal Island RoadC 
10198 Deal Island RoadC 
10178 Deal Island RoadC 
10166 Deal Island RoadC 
10160 Deal Island RoadC 
10140 Deal Island RoadC 
23230 Rolfe LaneC 
10195 Deal Island RoadC 
10187 Deal Island RoadC 
10175 Deal Island RoadC 
10165 Deal Island RoadC 
10161 Deal Island RoadC 
10385 Ralph Abbott RoadCShellfish Management & Propagation
10369 Ralph Abbott RoadCIsland Seafood Inc.
Edge of Deal Island harborC 
Richard Webster RoadCSomerset County Commissioners
Richard Webster RoadC 
10318 Richard Webster RoadC 
10060 Deal Island RoadC 
10054 Deal Island RoadC 
11048 Deal Island RoadC 
23188 Edelen Webster RoadC 
23178 Edelen Webster RoadC 
23168 Edelen Webster RoadC 
23124 Edelen Webster RoadC 
23121 Edelen Webster RoadC 
23145 Edelen Webster RoadC 
Edelen Webster RoadC 
23183 Edelen Webster RoadC 
23195 Edelen Webster RoadC 
10135 Deal Island Road (MD 363)CS-366 -- Old Deal Island Bank
10151 Deal Island RoadC 
10095 Deal Island RoadC 
10128 Deal Island RoadC 
10116 Deal lsland RoadC 
10106 Deal Island Road (or 10048?)CS-367 -- Marcellus T. Wilson House (Lorena Webster House)
10030 Deal Island RoadC 
23332 Benton RoadC 
23340 Benton RoadC 
23354 Benton RoadC 
10067 Deal Island RoadC 
10055 Deal Island RoadC 
10029 Deal Island RoadC 
10019 Deal Island RoadC 
9990 Deal Island RoadC 
9940 Deal Island RoadC 
9892 Deal Island RoadCSt. John's Methodist Church Parsonage
23161 Soundside Estates RoadC 
23151 Soundside Estates RoadC 
9883 Deal Island Road (MD 363)CS-44 -- Joshua Thomas Chapel (Deal Island Methodist Church)
9883 Deal Island Road (MD 363)CS-365 -- St. John's Methodist Episcopal Church
23232 Lola Wheatley RoadCIsland Seafood
North side of Harrison RoadC 
9846 Deal Island RoadC 
9834 Deal Island RoadC 
9812 Ford RoadC 
Ford RoadC 
9790 Ford RoadC 
9780 Ford RoadC 
9857 Deal Island RoadC 
Deal Island RoadC 
Harrison RoadC 
23194 Harrison RoadC 
23180 Harrison RoadC 
9806 Deal Island Rd (MD 363)CS-370 -- Laura Bozman House
9804 Deal Island RoadC 
9802 Deal Island Road (MD 363)CS-45 -- Noah Webster house
9800 Deal Island Rd (MD 363)CS-369 -- Isabella White House
9782 Deal Island RoadC 
9760 Deal Island RoadC 
Deal Island RoadC 
23310 H. Milbome RoadC 
Deal Island Road (MD 363)CS-46 -- Bradshaw House
9571 Deal Island RoadCS-372 -- John Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church
9584 Deal Island RoadCJohn Wesley M. E. Church Hall
10054 Deal Island Road (MD 363)CS-368 -- Deal Island Barber Shop
10080 Deal Island RoadNC 
9774 Deal Island RoadNC 
23150 Harrison RoadNC 
9819 Ford RoadNC 
9863 Deal Island RoadNC 
23191 Soundside Estates RoadNC 
23175 Soundside Estates RoadNC 
Deal Island RoadNC 
10051 Deal Island RoadNCUnited States Post Office
10016 Deal Island RoadNC 
23293 Benton RoadNC 
23330 Benton RoadNC 
10090 Deal Island RoadNCDeal Island/Chance Fire Dept.
23213 Edelen Webster RoadNC 
10275 Hotel RoadNC 
10315 Richard Webster RoadNC 
Ralph Abbott RoadNC 
10157 Deal Island RoadNCBell Atlantic

 

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