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Among the Ward Museum (Salisbury, Maryland) collections are the game record books of the Swan Island Club, a waterfowl hunting and social club established in 1870 in Currituck County, North Carolina.

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Collection Location: Ward Museum, Salisbury, Maryland

White's patent found on page 250 of Swan Island Club game record volume number 6 relates to land owned by the club.Collection Overview: This collection consists of 14 volumes of Swan Island Club game record books dating from 1872 to 2016 and captures the activities of members in the pursuit of waterfowl hunting in one of the most prolific migratory waterfowl wintering areas along the Atlantic Coast. Also found in these books are records of deeds and land patents relating to the property owned by the Swan Island Club.

White's patent is discussed on page 255 of Swan Island Club game record volume number 6. In 1870, a group of New England gentlemen were sailing to Savannah, Georgia aboard the yacht Anonyma. Caught in a storm off Currituck Sound, North Carolina, they sought refuge nearby. When they realized the natural richness of this waterfowl wintering area, they acquired a tract of marsh land, shoal and oceanfront and founded the Crow Island Club, later renamed the Swan Island Club, a club dedicated to "good food, good drink, and the thoughtful and appreciative pursuit of waterfowl".

 
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