Little did the citizens of the Eastern Shore know that the
President would return during his second term. Impressed by the
historic architecture, rich religious tradition, and amiable locals,
Roosevelt decided to make a visit four years later.
In 1934, President Franklin Delano
Roosevelt made an unexpected visit to the Eastern Shore. Roosevelt
traveled from Washington aboard the USS Sequoia, landed in
Crisfield, and proceeded to tour various architectural wonders.
These structures included the colonial homes of Makepeace and Beverly
(of Worcester), as well as All Hallows Episcopal Church in Snow Hill.
4, 1938, Roosevelt left the White House at 10:30 am and traveled fifty
miles south to Morgantown, Maryland for an inspection of a
Potomac River bridge site at Laidlow’s Ferry (later
known as Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge).
After arriving in Morgantown, Roosevelt stopped in a field nearby the bridge
site to speak in front of the gathering crowd and to affirm that the bridge “is one of the
things that has got to be done as fast as we can possibly do it.”
After discussing the architectural plans with State highway engineers
and Maryland Governor Harry W. Nice, Roosevelt boarded the USS
Potomac and began the overnight journey across the Chesapeake to