By Ken Rossignol
THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY
ST. MICHAEL’S, MARYLAND — Whether by sea (about two hours from the western shore and up the Eastern Bay to the Miles River), or by land, this destination is a great one-day trip from the Washington or Baltimore area. There are many great little inns and nearby motels for those who wish to make it a several day adventure as there several blocks of shops and stores as well. But the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum requires attention and time.
Its the real McCoy. There are old guys actually building a lobster dory to order for a fellow who stumbled across a set of plans on a trip to New England.
A well done waterfowl display is proof that not every collector gives their valuable decoys to the next generation but instead put it here. For those who have perhaps heard about a “market” gun but never seen one, your visit will be worthwhile.
This place is the Smithsonian of the Bay and a heck of lot more fun to visit than downtown Washington. The lighthouse is open for visitors. The lighthouse depicts life as it was for those who lived there when it was located at Hooper’s Strait. A “screwpile” type of light, it was built in 1879. Visitors can experience the life of a keeper and climb to the top. From fishing for food to enduring tremendous ice flows, life on the Bay for light keepers or watermen was a mix of pleasure and challenge.