Stoney Point Decoys

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Rick and Len Hornick started out carving and painting decoys in their garage in Glen Burnie, Md.

In 1972, they decided to build their own factory.

They purchased land on U.S. Route 13 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, which was strategically located in the heart of the Atlantic migratory fly zone.

In time, the 34,000 sq. ft. facility became the World's largest decoy factory. Len Hornick was the carver, while Raymond, or "Rick" was the painter. Their mother Mary was the business manager.

Left: Stoney Point Decoy's last catalog.

In the early 1980's Stoney Point Decoys was at the forefront of its industry. Hundreds of duck decoys were made each hour; thousands a day; up to 4 million each year.

Stoney Point decoys have been featured in the L.L. Bean catalog, Ducks Unlimited, and the Orvis catalog, among others. They've adorned homes and businesses around the world.

In the late 1980s, due to internal conflicts, the company went through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

In 2002, Stoney Point Decoys made only 5,000 pieces. In 2003, it was decided that the Stoney Point machines - some of them 60 years old, could not compete with the newer, more advanced, and faster computer-guided methods.

With new equipment and machines, Stoney Point might have been able to stay in business. They had enough orders. But the company that purchased the factory in the late 1980's didn't invest heavily enough to update all of the equipment necessary to compete with other manufacturers.

So in June of 2003, the Stoney Point Decoy Factory finished it's last decoy, marking the end of an era.