The Chesapeake MarketPlace was created on June 21, 1992 out of
a desperate move to salvage the remains of a slowly dissolving
family lumber yard (H. B. Truman Lumber Co). Rooms were cleaned
as spaces were rented. Sheds became shops with windows and
doors. Porches were constructed to join the shops. The barn
became a cottage. The mill shop became an antique shop.
And the warehouse became an auction house and later, retail
shops. Thirteen years later, we now have over 100 shops/spaced for
our guests to enjoy.
Our humble beginnings were slow and at times discouraging.
Many dealers came and went, but those that stayed realized the
potential was here. Their dreams became a reality as they
started making permanent additions to their shops. Each one
took pride in displaying their treasures and greeting their
guests. As others came the fever spread, and little by little,
the one-time lumber yard transformed into a quaint village of
Meet the Forman Family
A girl named Kay, from Maryland, met a guy named Larry from New
York at a college in Kentucky - thus began the Forman family.
A few years after they were married, they moved to Calvert
County, Maryland to live in an old family farmhouse and raised
two daughters while teaching in the local high school.
In 1984, they had the opportunity to buy out the other members
of a family run Lumber Company. During a major building
recession in 1992 the business folded. They had seven
buildings on five acres and no idea what to do with it.
With a lot of determination and prayer it was decided to turn
the lumber company into a Market Place and Auction House. In
1992, Larry went to Mendenhall School of Auctioneering in High
Point, North Carolina. Kay managed the office and rentals
while Larry worked the Auction House.
The business suddenly grew to over 100 dealers selling
Antiques, Collectibles, Used Books, Gifts, Thrift Shop, and
Baked Goods. Auctions are every Friday and some Saturdays.
The Forman mission is to provide great service and savings to their customers and dealers
with honesty and integrity.
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