In the midst of the Great Depression photographers working on a number of federal projects traveled the country capturing images of historic buildings, public works projects and landscape vistas. While canvassing Cecil County one of those cameramen snapped this tranquil scene at the four corners in Cecilton in the late 1930s.
This was the hub of the framing community of 458 residents in 1930 and several businesses in the vicinity of the intersection made up the commercial section. Spreading out from there were streets lined with beautiful homes, according to the Hearn Oil Company guide of 1926.
Other travel directories noted that one could turn here to head for the cooling waters of the upper Chesapeake or to nearby Warwick and Middletown. The other route took the traveler to the Sassafras or Bohemia rivers. The second photo from the Hearn Oil Co guide shows the monument to Capt. John Smith on the Sassafras River at Fredericktown.