Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
I had the pleasure of hosting my niece, her husband, and daughter for a long week-end here at my winter home on Tilghman Island. Although the weather was not cooperative for their visit, we still enjoyed poking around the shops of St. Michaels, walking around Tilghman, and gathering treasures of shells and sea glass from the local beach. We also took in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum which as the brochure says: “Celebrates the way people live, work, and play on the Bay”. The museum grounds flow seamlessly from the town of St. Michael’s and its waterfront. On this cloudy, rainy Monday before Christmas, we were among just a handful of visitors.
The foggy, damp weather seemed appropriate to learning more about how people make their living from this large body of water. We learned the history of Oystering, Crabbing, Waterfowl hunting and the evolution of boats used in these endeavors.
One of the more enjoyable exhibits was exploring a screw pile lighthouse that was relocated from its original location about 40 miles south of the museum. We were able to explore the living and working quarters of the lightkeepers and climb the steep, winding staircase to where the prism was located.
We also learned about how rising water temperatures and sea levels are affecting the health of the wildlife in and around the bay and how once populated islands are slowing sinking into the water. We marveled at old photographs showing a frozen bay and boats coated with ice that looked more like Alaska than Maryland. Ice on the bay is virtually unheard of now.
Even during the off-season, there were enough interactive exhibits to keep everyone in our group entertained regardless of age.
After a delightful afternoon exploring the museum, we found our way home through the fog to a hot meal and a warm fire.
Posted on December 19, 2012, in Life on the Island and tagged Chesapeake Bay, Eastern Shore, History of the Bay, Lighthouses, Maritime Museum, Maryland, St. Michaels. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.