This sign by the Historical Society gives a brief history of the island. It says, "Originally called Bourne's (1680) then Somervell's Island (1740). It became known as Solomon's Island (1867) because of Isaac Solomon's oyster packing facilities here. Shipyards developed to support the island's fishing fleet. The famed 'BUGEYE' sailing craft were built here in the 19th century. The deep, protected harbor has been a busy marine center ever since. In the war of 1812, Commodore Joshua Barney's flotilla sallied from here to attack British vessels on [the] Chesapeake Bay. The causeway connecting [the] island with [the] mainland was built c. 1870."

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