History of Soldiers Delight

There is much to be known about the history of Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area and the serpentine barrens for which it is known.

The Old Indian Road Retraced by William Bose Marye

William Marye Article Image for Old Indian Road I, II & IIIAmong the 18th century records of Old Baltimore County are found a considerable number of references to a highway of Native American origin, sections of which were traveled over and adopted for use by settlers. This ancient Native American trail was called Indian Road or Old Indian Road. Maryland Historian William Bose Marye (“Marie”), through long and tedious effort, pieced and put together the historical fragments of this and other trails in this three-part monograph published in Maryland Historical Magazine.

Here are the three parts of Marye's monograph in PDF format: 

Marye, William B. 1920. The Old Indian Road, Part I: Various Indian Roads. Maryland Historical Magazine, Volume 15, No. 2, pp. 107-124 (PDF)

Marye, William B. 1920. The Old Indian Road, Part II. Maryland Historical Magazine, Volume 15, No. 3, pp. 208-229 (PDF)

Marye, William B. 1920. The Old Indian Road, Part III. Maryland Historical Magazine, Volume 15, No. 4, pp. 345-395 (PDF)

The Great Maryland Barrens

William Marye Image For Great Serpentine Barrens Articles I. II & IIIMaryland Historian William Bose Marye (“Marie”) devoted much of his career meticulously corroborating historical descriptions of the serpentine ecosystem in Maryland.  His three-part monograph provides the foundation for understanding the history and ecology of the Great Maryland Barrens.  Learn why they were called barrens, the role of Native Americans, characteristics of the ecosystem before settlement, when and why this endangered ecosystem began to collapse, and many more topics.

Here are the three parts of Marye's monograph in PDF format: 

Marye, William B. 1955. The Great Maryland Barrens. Maryland Historical Magazine, Volume 50, No. 1, pp. 11-23 (PDF)

Marye, William B. 1955. The Great Maryland Barrens: II. Maryland Historical Magazine, Volume 50, No. 2, pp. 120-142 (PDF)

Marye, William B. 1955. The Great Maryland Barrens: III. Maryland Historical Magazine, Volume 50, No. 3, pp. 234-253 (PDF)

 

Soldiers Delight Barrens: Preservation of a Rare Ecosystem

Soldiers Delight, the largest and most diverse of the disappearing serpentine barrens on the East Coast and home to over 39 rare, threatened and endangered species, has been described as a "2,000 acre hunk of the American West dropped into Maryland".  Read on to learn how author, history professor and former SDCI board member, Claudia J. Floyd, describes the transformation through the years of this wild land, a haven for hikers, nature lovers, geologists, kite-flyers and children, all of whom are fascinated by its distinct qualities.

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Red Dog Lodge

- A Brief History

Red Dog Lodge, built in 1912, stands on Soldiers Delight property in Owings Mills, Maryland, just behind the visitor center. Constructed of wood and stone, the one-room dwelling served as a hunting cabin, camping retreat, and party house to generations of Sherwood, Dolfield and Buxton families.

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