In 1919, I. Stanley Johnson and his wife, Ida, built the Johnson House and Store on 12 acres known as "The Orchard". The house still retains its original character defining windows and doors, hip roof and overall form. In the early 1920's, the land was subdivided when the Johnsons sold a lot to Mrs. Johnson's sister, Mildred, and her husband, Stephen Jones. Mr. Jones came to town to work as a cashier of the Eastern Shore Trust Company. He served as both town commissioner and mayor for many years. As Mr. Johnson's business continued to expand, he had a new home built next door to the Jones', and another for rental property on the east side of Fenwick Street. This grouping of homes is a good example of the practice of "family subdivisions" where family members actively chose to live in close proximity to one another.
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