A Sharpshooter on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

By | Aug 13, 2017

Annie Oakley, the female sharpshooter of “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” fame along with her husband Frank Bulter called Cambridge, Maryland one of their retirement homes. She along with Butler decided in 1912 to stop performing with the Wild West show. The couple lived in the Eastern Shore town from 1912 until 1917.

Those familiar with Maryland’s Eastern Shore know that the area is a great place for those who like to hunt and fish. Butler even called the area a “sportsman’s paradise”. This is considered the reason that the couple decided to retire there.

The house that they built in Cambridge located at 28 Bellevue Avenue is the only surviving primary residence of Annie Oakley. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 3, 1995. Presently, it is a private residence.

The couple found that it was hard to settle down. They also owned a place in Pinehurst, North Carolina and Newcastle, New Hampshire. In 1917 they decided to sell their Cambridge home and relocate to North Carolina..

After long and adventurous lives, in 1926 the couple died within a couple of weeks of one another. Annie on November 6 and Frank Butler on November 21.

Annie Oakley was born on August 13, 1860 as Phoebe Ann Mosey. She met Frank Butler while they were rival sharpshooters. They married on June 20, 1882 and joined the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1885, she was the sharpshooter and he as her business manager.


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