barge in 1944.
"official" history of Stiltsville begins with a local fisherman named "Crawfish" Eddie Walker in the early
1930's, however some historians say there were about 12 shacks out in "the
flats" as the area was known, as early as 1922. Crawfish Eddie sold bait and beer
from his shack and was known for his chilau, a crawfish chowder made with crawfish trapped
under his shack. In 1937, Crawfish Eddie got his first neighbors when his close friends
and fishing buddies, Thomas Grady and Leo Edward, built their own shacks. During those
times shipwrecking and channel dredging were regular maritime activities bringing many
people by the area and consequently more shacks. The area was named "the shacks" and "shack colony"
by local papers. Some shacks were fishing and boat clubs. Some clubs were popular enough
that post cards were printed such the Calvert Club.
1938 Historical Picture of the Calvert Club