The Shannahan family enjoys a long and prominent history in Talbot County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Bob Shannahan’s forebear, William Shannahan, purchased a 300-acre tobacco plantation in Talbot County in 1663. In 1877 Bob’s great grandfather, William E. Shannahan, founded what was to become the largest hardware emporium on the Delmarva Peninsula. Today, the Shannahan legacy continues as a major influence in Talbot County.
Bob Shannahan’s great grandfather, William E. Shannahan, owned the first Buick
automobile on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Photo c. 1913.
“Hanging out at the hardware store” was the main social activity on Saturday nights in Easton
since the store was open until 9:00 pm. William E. Shannahan founded what became the largest
hardware emporium on Delmarva in 1877.
Bob Shannahan’s grandfather, William Barnwell Shannahan,
enjoying a “boating party on Peachblossom Creek” c. 1898.
Kate Elliott (Mrs. William B.) Shannahan on her honeymoon in St. Augustine, Florida c. 1913.
Newspaper ad for Shannahan & Wrightson Hardware Company in Easton c. 1900.