The Gilbert Byron Society

Gilbert Valliant Byron was born in Chestertown, Maryland on July 12, 1903, and was educated in Kent County’s public schools and Chestertown’s Washington College. After graduating in 1923, Byron taught school, learned to camp and sail, and wrote verse, articles, short stories and novels about the great Chesapeake and Delaware Bay region. He lived nearly all of his 88 years on the Delmarva Peninsula. 

During his lifetime, the author published 14 books, over 70 short stories, and hundreds of newspaper articles earning him the titles of “Chesapeake Thoreau” and “The Voice of the Chesapeake.”  This is likely the largest collection of writing about the bay areas ever produced by one person. 

The mission of the Gilbert Byron Society, founded in 1991, is to preserve, maintain and increase public awareness of and interest in the literary, historical, cultural and ecological heritage of the unique region that has been documented and celebrated by author Gilbert Byron.



Though the fog is as thick as an Easter snow,
I know the sound of that bateau,
Heigh-ho! Captain Pete, heigh-ho!

Echoing drums against the wood,
Savage voodoo and gayer mood;
I could not see from where I stood.

Until a shadow became a boat,
A hip-booted man in a yellow coat –
A kingfisher note in a bearded throat!


   – Gilbert Byron




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A Life Worth Examining

Biography of Gilbert Byron's life and work as an author and observer of the 20th Century Chesapeake and Delaware Bay regions.


Contact Jacques Baker for more information or to purchase.


College Days

Also available: College Days, a story about student life at Washington College in the 1920's.


Mission Boy

Published by Secant Publishing