Mindie Burgoyne

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Mindie Burgoyne
ResidenceMarion Station, Maryland
Occupation
  • Writer
  • Businessperson
Years active1991–present

Mindie Burgoyne is an American writer and businessperson. Burgoyne is a senior business development representative for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. She is the author of several books about the history and folklore of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Burgoyne is the founder and owner of Chesapeake Ghost Walks.

Early life[edit]

On her website, Burgoyne refers to herself as a "native Marylander," having lived between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. for most of her life before moving to the state's Eastern Shore region in the early 21st century. At age 16, she composed a musical score for a 20-minute promotional film, music from which was later used in a nationally broadcast television program.[1]

Career[edit]

Since 1991, Burgoyne has led an annual trip to Ireland titled "Thin Place Mystical Tours of Ireland" which are geared towards exploring the Celtic history and archaeology of the island.[2]

Maryland business development[edit]

In 2002, Burgoyne served as a spokeswoman for the Snow Hill town government.[3] She was the owner of a business development company in Marion Station before accepting an appointment in 2005 as a Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development business development representative for the Mid-Shore. Burgoyne was tasked with assisting the "one Maryland economy" effort instituted by then-governor Bob Ehrlich.[4] In 2005, she founded the Tourism, Arts, and Downtown Development (TADD) collective to assist in the coordination of business resources across the state.[5] Burgoyne has served as the Upper Shore senior business development representative and field reporter for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and a senior development representative of the Maryland Department of Commerce.[5][6][7] In April 2005, Burgoyne toured economic initiatives in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot counties with several state officials.[8] She was a presenter at the 2018 Get Social Delmarva conference hosted by the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore where she spoke about social media development strategies.[9]

Writing and tours[edit]

Burgoyne's first two books, Snow Hill and Easton were part of the "Images of America" series by Arcadia Publishing.[10] Snow Hill is a historical book containing stories and photographs of Snow Hill, Maryland.[11]

Burgoyne researched folklore for three years at the Nabb Research Center at Salisbury University in preparation for her 2009 book, Haunted Eastern Shore.[12] She was inspired to write about her experiences after moving into her house where she sensed hauntings.[13] The book is a compilation of stories and mysteries in the Eastern Shore.[12] By 2015, Burgoyne had sold 10,000 copies of the publication.[14]

Burgoyne conducts tours of haunted sites following stories from her books.[15] A bus tour in Caroline County included the former residence of Patty Cannon at Linchester Mill.[16] Burgoyne is the founder and owner of Chesapeake Ghost Walks.[13] The company was founded in 2013 and includes a series ghost walks on the Eastern Shore in cities such as Ocean City, Easton, Cambridge, Denton, Crisfield, Snow Hill, Pocomoke City, Berlin.[17] Burgoyne interviewed 26 people for the Ocean City tour on the boardwalk that includes the Inlet, Life-Saving Station, and Trimper's Rides.[18] In 2014, 10,000 people participated in one of 130 walks organized by Chesapeake Ghost Walks.[19]

Burgoyne's 2015 book,The Haunted Mid-Shore, contains 25 stories from the mid-shore region of Maryland. It is the second of a three book series about the folklore of the Delmarva Peninsula.[14]

Burgoyne maintains a travel blog and writes about a variety of topics.[20]

Personal life[edit]

In 2002, Burgoyne and her husband, Dan, moved to the Vance Miles House in Marion Station.[14][21][22] They have six children.[22]

Selected works[edit]

  • Burgoyne, Mindie (2006). Snow Hill. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0738543446.
  • Burgoyne, Mindie (2007). Easton. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9780738553122.[23]
  • Burgoyne, Mindie (2009). Haunted Eastern Shore: Ghostly Tales from East of the Chesapeake. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9781625852854.
  • Burgoyne, Mindie (2014). Haunted Ocean City and Berlin. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9781625852847.
  • Burgoyne, Mindie (2015). The Haunted Mid-Shore: Spirits of Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot Counties. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9781625853400.
  • Burgoyne, Mindie (2016). Haunted Lower Eastern Shore: Spirits of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties. History Press. ISBN 9781626198098.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Burgoyne, Mindie. "About Mindie Burgoyne". Writing the Vision. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Sims, Rebekah Elizabeth (2016). "To see in a mirror dimly: An ecology of ritual transmission". ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. Purdue University. Retrieved October 11, 2018 – via ProQuest.
  3. ^ Valentine, David (September 25, 2002). "32 gas leaks found in Snow Hill". The Daily Times. Salisbury, Maryland. Retrieved October 11, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Burgoyne joins state effort". The Daily Times. Salisbury, Maryland. December 20, 2004. Retrieved October 11, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ a b Davis, Josh (October 16, 2014). "Tourism, arts to be promoted by app" (PDF). Bayside Gazette. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  6. ^ Ash, Sarah (October 2, 2018). "Crisfield hosting small business resource workshop". 47 abc. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  7. ^ Thompson, Shauna (October 27, 2010). "Stoops named Business Leader of Year". The Kent Island Bay Times. p. 28. Retrieved October 11, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ McNey, Richard (April 1, 2005). "DBED and MSRC officials your tri-county economic initiatives". Chesapeake Business Ledger. Easton, Maryland: The Star-Democrat. Retrieved October 11, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "FACES launches 'Get Social Delmarva'". Times-Record. Denton, Maryland. April 18, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ Maki, Greg (October 30, 2009). "Burgoyne hits big with Eastern Shore hauntings". The Star-Democrat. Easton, Maryland. Retrieved October 11, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "Author of Snow Hill book to hold signing". The Daily Times. Salisbury, Maryland. February 7, 2007. Retrieved October 11, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ a b Brant, Angie (October 31, 2011). "Haunted home inspires Eastern Shore writer". The Cumberland Times-News. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  13. ^ a b Dell'Amore, Christine (October 2, 2014). "On Maryland's Eastern Shore, walking among the spirits". Washington Post. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  14. ^ a b c Holt, Dustin (August 27, 2015). "History Press releases 'Haunted Mid-Shore'". MyEasternShoreMD. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  15. ^ "Author to conduct tour of haunted sites". Times-Record. Denton, Maryland. July 14, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  16. ^ "'Haunted Eastern Shore' author to lead tour of haunted Caroline sites". The Star Democrat. July 16, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  17. ^ "24 October Ghost Walks on the Eastern Shore". Philadelphia News. October 23, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  18. ^ "Author To Host OC Ghost Walks". The Dispatch. Ocean City, Maryland. August 12, 2013. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  19. ^ Shane, Brian (November 5, 2014). "The truth is scary enough". The Eastern Shore News. Onancock, Virginia. Retrieved October 11, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  20. ^ "Authors on Delmarva series returns with talk by Mindie Burgoyne". The Daily Times. Salisbury, Maryland. August 8, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  21. ^ "Get your ghoul on! Join ghost tours on Delmarva". The Daily Times. Salisbury, Maryland. October 14, 2015. Retrieved October 11, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  22. ^ a b "Shore author releases Halloween book". The Daily Times. Salisbury, Maryland. October 30, 2009. Retrieved October 11, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  23. ^ Review of Easton:

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