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Wander through Onemo, on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay

Past Mathews Court House and between Winter Harbor and Bethel Beach on the Chesapeake Bay lies the community of Onemo. For decades it was a quiet fishing village and, while fewer watermen call the area home than in its fishing heyday, it retains the tranquil atmosphere that was so ubiquitous in “old Mathews.”

Oral history maintains that the name Onemo came from a time when post offices and general stores were the defining structure in localities. At the time, there were 28 post offices in Mathews and the addition of a post office in modern-day Onemo was seen as unnecessary by locals.

The phrase “we don’t need one mo’ post office” was reportedly so common that the area became sarcastically known as One Mo, a name which was then compressed over time to the modern moniker.

Onemo is inhabited by many of the descendants of the same families who have resided there for centuries and, as resident and Mathews native Daniel Mitchem put it, is “kin...

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