Hulbert Footner was born in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1879 and grew up in New York City. He knew he wanted to be a writer from an early age. Footner first visited Maryland in 1908. Without money for the railway, he paddled his canoe south from New York to Baltimore, where he caught the steamboat to the maritime village of Solomons Island, at the mouth of the Patuxent River. While exploring the Patuxent by canoe, he found a historic brick home in ruins, which he lovingly restored and named Charles&rsquo Gift. He eventually married Gladys Marsh in 1916, and together they raised four children at Charles&rsquo Gift. Readers have long celebrated Footner's devoted and sympathetic treatment of Maryland's local landscape and social history. His three books set in Maryland are Charles&rsquo Gift: A Salute to a Maryland House of 1650 (1939), Maryland Main and the Eastern Shore (1942), and Rivers of the Eastern Shore (1944). As an outsider, he looked at Maryland objectively and assembled gems of anecdote, folklore, and description overlooked by the native born.

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