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Roots & Tides

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Roots & Tides: A Journey Through Southern Anne Arundel County is an audio CD produced by The Annapolis, London Town & South County Heritage Area (currently the Four Rivers Heritage Area) in 2003.

The September 3, 2003 press release announced the launch of "a new CD audio travelogue tour and interpretive map of South County." It further stated "The CD and accompanying map are among the first products of this kind for heritage areas in Maryland. It is an 85-minute travelogue that takes listeners, either at home or in their cars, from the colonial tobacco port of London Town past old tobacco farms and 18th century mansions through the picturesque watermen’s villages of Galesville, Shady Side and Deale. Historians, archaeologists, musicians and local residents tell the story of this unique slice of Chesapeake Bay shoreline."


01 Tobacco and the Water
02 War, Steamboats, & Horses
03 The Tobacco Port of London Town
04 Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
05 Galesville
06 Shady Side
07 Owensville
08 Deale & the “Lost Town” of Herrington


  • Jim Ballard II and the Senior Choir, St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church, Annapolis, MD: I’ve Been Buked; Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child; I’ll Fly Away; The Storm is Passing Over; All People That On Earth Do Dwell
  • Them Eastport Oyster Boys: The Water is Wide
  • Tim Finch: South County Stroll
  • Savannah Strong Finch: South County Line (Strong/Lopez)
  • David and Ginger Hildebrand: Tobacco; Sailing Down the Chesapeake Bay
  • Janie Meneely: Down South County (Meneely)

Special thanks to: Leonard Blackshear, Lucretia Brown, Judy Cabral, Steuart Chaney, Christy Clagett, Bill Dudley, Paul Foer, J.R. Gross, Mark Haddon, June Hall, Bobby Hartge, Laurence Hartge, Al Luckenbach, Pete Nutwell, Carl Rehling, Rever Sellman, Glorious & Howard Shenton, Jack Smith, Greg Stiverson, Donna Ware, and Billy Woodfield

File:2003-09-03 Roots & Tides Press release.pdf