Turtle soup or stew is no longer a popular item on today's menus, but it once graced the tables of the rich and powerful. The diamondback terrapin was considered a delicacy to eat and hunted almost to extinction. Due to this, it is listed as an endangered species in Rhode Island; considered a threatened species in Massachusetts; is considered a "species of concern" in Georgia, Delaware, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Virginia, but it holds no federal status. If you cannot source turtle meat, feel free to substitute chicken. This historic recipe comes from the Southern chapter of the United States Regional Cookbook, Culinary Arts Institute of Chicago, 1947. Cooking time is approximate.