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Q: Did Pilot have any businesses around 1900?

— Christian Chaney

A: The R. L. Polk & Co Peninsula Directory for the Eastern Shore of Maryland provides information to help us with this question.

The 1908-09 directory notes that the village had a population of 200 people and for a rural community there was a strong cluster of business enterprises.

These included: Mrs. Lizzie Adams, dressmaker; William L. Gross, grocer; Oliver McCullough, blacksmith; Robert McCullough poultry; D. B. Love, carpenter; Wm. R. Love, postmaster; Luther Ragan, poultry; and James Richey carpenter. Pilots who served on the arks and rafts brought down the Susquehanna during spring flooding often made their homes there and hence its name.

— Mike Dixon

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