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.

 

Evening Marshes

Marsh grass is golden
under a late sun,
and wild ducks’ wings
whistle with the wind.

We are one:
wild duck and setting sun,
marsh grass around the pond,
earth smells and shadows,

coming cold and early night,
evening star,
and this great emptiness
within me.

   – Gilbert Byron

Upcoming Events
  • July 15, 2017 - Gilbert Byron Birthday Celebration at Pickering Creek - Read more...

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Gilbert Byron Day Is Moving! This July 12, 2017 will mark Gilbert Byron’s 114th birthday – a date he shares with Henry David Thoreau, New England’s “…essayist, poet, and practical philosopher.” For the past nine years, Byron’s birthday has been observed during “Gilbert Byron Day” at The Pickering Creek Audubon Center on the Sunday closest to July 12. From this year on, however, Gilbert Byron Day is to be celebrated as part of Pickering Creek Audubon Center’s annual Harvest Hoedown, to be held this year on Sunday, October 8, 2017. Byron’s self-built home will be open to visitors where the Delmarva regional author’s related books and memorabilia will be on display throughout the day. Info: gilberbyron.org; pickeringcreek.audubon.org/about-us ... See MoreSee Less

Gilbert Byron Day

October 8, 2017, 11:00am - October 8, 2017, 4:00pm

Gilbert Byron Day Is Moving! This July 12, 2017 will mark Gilbert Byron’s 114th birthday – a date he shares with Henry David Thoreau, New England’s “…essayist, poet, and practical philosop...

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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.

 

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