History Of The Society

The Allen Historical Society, Inc.

P.O. Box 31

Allen, MD





Phone: 410-778-3696 (Chestertown)

Phone: 410-749-9064 (Allen)

Cell Phone: 443-523-0983

E-mail: gshivers2@washcoll.edu






The Society reviewed and amended its bylaws at the beginning of the year.


Fundraisers held during the year included serving Saturday morning breakfast at the Allen Community Hall; Spoons and Tunes, a musical program with a supper of assorted soups, breads and desserts, and the making and sale of Christmas wreaths. The Spoons and Tunes concert took place in the sanctuary of Asbury United Methodist Church, Allen. Featured was Caitlyn Howard, soprano, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norris Howard, Jr. of Allen. Also performing were the bell ringers of Asbury United Methodist Church, Salisbury, and the choirs of Asbury and Friendship United Methodist Churches, Allen.


Our Annual Membership meeting was held at Adams Ribs in Fruitland.  The speaker was Dr. Ray Thompson, a professor of History at Salisbury University. John Culp presided as the new president. Melissa Culp read a tribute to George Shivers, who had served as president since the Society's founding in 1995.


The Society held another Cemetery Walk on October 13, 2013. The cast consisted of Melissa Bright as Mrs. Eleanor Drura Messick (1808-1887); Althea Chandler as Mrs. Leah J. Whitney King (1848-1919); George Shivers as his grandfather, George M. Phillips (1864-1933); Kathy Simms as her mother, Mrs. Murrell Simms (1925-2007); and Ron Walsh as Mr. William W. Disharoon (1826-1888).


The Annual Membership meeting was held in June at Peaky's Restaurant in Princess Anne. The speaker was George Shivers. He offered a powerpoint talk on Allen in the 1880s, a time of significant growth.


Work on the interior of the Huffington-Pollitt house proceeded with the demolition of some of the fire-damaged interior walls.


Our Society's annual Christmas party was held at the home of Sharon and Ron Walsh.


Two breakfasts were held in the winter and spring.


The Annual Membership meeting was held at the Cactus Taverna in June. The speaker was Elizabeth Beckley, Eastern Shore Director of Preservation Maryland. She spoke after walking through the village and gave high praise to the potential for a local historic district, reviewing the advantages of moving in that direction.


The family of recently deceased member Bettie Sue Payne Malone donated a number of significant photographs and other documents to our archive and museum.


Work has continued on the interior of the Huffington-Pollitt House with removal of all the plaster from first floor walls, as well as removal of some flooring to investigated damage to support beams.  The work was done by contractor Elbert Gladden.


A committee was appointed to develop a vision statement for the further restoration of the Huffington-Pollitt House. Committee members recommended hiring an architect to develop and oversee future plans and work. The president, John Culp, met with architect Finith Jerrigan, who has worked in restoring more than 50 older homes.  Jerrigan presented a proposal, which was approved at the November board meeting.


The Society held a fundraising breakfast on Saturday, December 6. We also made Christmas wreaths which were available for sale at that event.


The annual Christmas Party was held at the Walsh home on December 14.