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The House That Sunk Into the Chesapeake

Apr 22, 2015 | 831 videos
Video by Lynn Tomlinson

This animated ballad, by Lynn Tomlinson, recounts the story of a remarkably odd place. In the 19th century, Holland Island was home to a small community of farmers and fishers. They built houses there, these families living in the Chesapeake Bay, until tidal forces began eroding their land. The bay gobbled up the island; by 1922, it was completely abandoned. 

Tomlinson, a faculty member at Towson University, uses a clay-painting technique to tell the story of the island's last standing house, which finally collapsed in 2010. The oil-based clays creates a time-lapse effect of sorts, as shades and colors blur between frames. The style pairs well with the ballad, performed by Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle.

If you'd like to learn more about the history of Holland Island or Tomlinson's work, visit her Facebook page.

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Author: Chris Heller

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