De­scen­dants of keeper visit Chop­tank River Light­house Oct. 7

The Star Democrat - - FRONT PAGE - By JACK RODGERS jrodgers@ches­

CAM­BRIDGE — De­scen­dants of Wil­liam Quimby Price vis­ited the Chop­tank River Light­house Satur­day, Oct. 7, in Cam­bridge.

Price, a Union Army vet­eran of the Civil War, served as the live-aboard keeper of the light­house be­tween 1874 and 1881. Price served on one of the first of two screw pile-style light­houses that guided mariners along the Chop­tank River.

In the years of his ser­vice, the light­house was lo­cated out in the mid­dle of the Chop­tank River, near the mouth of the Tred Avon River. The light­house that stands to­day at Long Wharf is a replica of the sec­ond struc­ture, which stood out in the river be­tween 1919 and 1964. The replica was first com­pleted in 2012.

The replica also in­cludes a mu­seum, which has ex­hibits about the orig­i­nal light­house and the area’s mar­itime her­itage. Keep­ers also serve as do­cents of the mu­seum and can nor­mally share in­for­ma­tion about the light­house’s his­tory, as well as giv­ing vis­i­tors in­for­ma­tion on Dorch­ester County.

Price’s three time great­grand­daugh­ter, Katie Ziadie, got in touch with the non­profit Cam­bridge Light­house Foun­da­tion sev­eral months ago to ar­range the visit. Jamie Earls, her sis­ter, had re­cently be­gun delv­ing into the fam­ily’s his­tory and dis­cov­ered the light­house con­nec­tion.

“This is so spe­cial for us,” Ziadie said. “We have been look­ing for­ward to com­ing to see this ever since Jamie started mak­ing her dis­cov­er­ies.”

The fam­ily’s oral his­tory tells of an in­ter­est­ing in­ci­dent, as fam­ily mem­bers have been told for gen­er­a­tions that Price’s daugh­ter, Hat­tie Diggs Price Wise­man, was born on the light­house.

Most of the fam­ily mem­bers who vis­ited are from South Carolina. A cou­ple of Bal­ti­more-based mem­bers of the fam­ily came down to join the visit as well.

Cam­bridge Light­house Foun­da­tion di­rec­tor Jim Duffy and vol­un­teer Baur

Dianne Baur met with the group and helped guide the visit. The Cam­bridge Light­house Foun­da­tion gave a gift to the fam­ily of a can­vas print of a photo of the Light­house by lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher Jill Ja­suta.

“That was such a fun and mem­o­rable visit,” Duffy said. “It was just a great ex­pe­ri­ence, meet­ing th­ese won­der­ful folks whose roots run right through our light­house.”

The Cam­bridge Light­house Foun­da­tion is a com­mu­nity non­profit group that works to pro­mote the light­house and en­hance ex­pe­ri­ences it of­fers to vis­i­tors. The Cam­bridge Light­house Foun­da­tion or­ga­nizes and sup­ports a ros­ter of vol­un­teers to be on duty at the light­house on Fri­days, Satur­days, Sun­days and most hol­i­days.

An ar­ray of printed vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion also is avail­able in the light­house, the ma­jor­ity de­signed by Dorch­ester County Tourism.


De­scen­dants of Wil­liam Quimby Price visit the Chop­tank River Light­house Satur­day, Oct. 7, in Cam­bridge. Front row from left: Brenda Creswell, Lunn Sisk, Lewis Creswell, Joy Brown and Caro­line Earls. Back row from left: Katie Ziadie, Jamie Earls, Jamie Earls, Keri Beth Howard and Molly Howard.

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