Peninsula Enterprise, July 12, 1883


Transportation -- Water - Freight

The Eastern Shore Steamboat Co. is having a large house erected for the storage of freight on Onancock wharf. Last week they put another steamer on their line and added other wharves to their route. In what direction shall we look next for improvements by this model company?


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estateAfrican-Americans -- Other

Edmond Drummond, colored, was the purchaser of the tract of land containing 60 acres, of which Elisha Bull died, seized and possessed, sold at Drummondtown on yesterday, by Mr. J. W. Gillet, special commissioner. It was bid off at $1595.


Infrastructure -- Public : ChurchesAfrican-Americans -- Religion

The colored people will turn out en masse at the laying of the corner stone of Red Hill Church, near Chapelville, this county, on Friday, the 27th instant. Several societies will participate in the ceremonies of the occasion. Speeches will be delivered by eminent divines, and the exercise will be varied in other respects to make the time pass agreeably.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial construction

Drummondtown no longer bears the stigma of being a "finished town." Besides the numerous dwellings recently erected here, and which we have noticed from time to time, four others are soon to be added by Hon. George T. Garrison, Mr. John J. Blackstone, Dr. Wm. R. Parramore for Mr. Wm. Stevenson, and Mr. Henry Melson for John T. Parks, Esq. It is rumored, also, that a handsome store-house will soon be erected by Mr. A. J. Lilliston, on the property near the court house, belonging to Dr. Edward J. Young.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Fraternal ordersInfrastructure -- Public : ChurchesInfrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate


The initial steps are being taken to organize a Masonic Lodge on the Island, and among the charter members are the names of the following gentlemen: C. F. W. Hall, Frank Hollis, W. J. Matthews, and E. W. Richardson.

Preparations are being made for a "bush" meeting of the members of the M. E. Church to take place on the island at an early day, due notice of which will be given in this correspondence.

Abel T. Johnson, Esq., sold at public auction, on Saturday July 7th, two parcels of land, the larger tract being purchased by Mr. Collins, and the other by Mr. Henry Conkling.

A new photograph gallery has been erected here by Mr. John Kelly, and will be opened to the public in a few days.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Grist millsFields -- Crops - Other fruit


The grist mill of Mr. L. D. Lewis, now undergoing repairs at the hands of Mr. Disharoon, of Md., will soon be in running order and ready to supply the demands of old customers.

A great many berries are being bought at remunerative prices to the "pickers," and shipped from this point at present.

Sweet potato plants are dying largely in this locality, and the wail of the grower is loud and long drawn out.


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Postal serviceTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Baseball


Harrisville is changed to Pastoria, by an order of the Postoffice Department establishing a postoffice at this place, and calling it by that name, to prevent the mail being missent to another Harrisville, Va. Mr. J. T. Byrd has been appointed postmaster of the new office.

The match game of base ball played here last Saturday between our nine and the Drummondtown nine resulted in a tie, and the Pastorians being dissatisfied with the result, will challenge their competitors for the honors of the "bat and ball" to a second trial of skill.


Transportation -- Water - FreightInfrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate


It is now positively asserted that the establishment of a steamboat line between this point and New York is not very remote -- too much so, however, we think, to be dignified in any other way than as a rumor.

This new found Arcadia, it is said, will soon attract thither many other purchasers, also, and our little village by the sea assume proportions we never dreamed of.

Mr. John H. Bird and Messrs. J. L. Trower & Bro. have also purchased during this week, lots of Mr. J. T. Powell, at the rate of $500 per acre.

During last week, Mr. T. F. Floyd sold an acre of land to Mr. George W. McMath for $450, and a half acre to Mr. Alfred McMath for $250.

The outcome of the real estate transactions at this place, from a business point of view, will be two new mercantile ventures at Powelton, under the name and style of McMath & Bro. and J. L. Trower & Bro., respectively.

The boom in land sales continues at this place.

Murder in the First Degree.

Moral -- MurderLaborers -- Fisheries

Frank Burkman, the murderer of Capt. Melson, this county, was tried last week for the third time in King George County, Va. On the second trial a verdict was rendered against Burkman for murder in the first degree and he was sentenced to be hung. A new trial being granted him, he was tried again last week, and convicted the second time of murder in the first degree, by a jury which was only out forty minutes in making up their verdict. This time it is to be hoped that a mistaken notion of justice will not intervene to save the neck of one who, beyond a doubt, is guilty of the murder with which he stands charged.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
July 12, 1883