After the war of 1812, shipbuilding declined in St Michaels, but a few decades later the town was revived by the oyster industry. By the late nineteenth century most households in St Michaels had at least one occupant engaged in oystering – tonging oysters from the nearby Miles River or working in the shucking houses that came to line the waterfront. One of these businesses came to specialise in crabmeat and devised a five level grading system for crab that is still used today.
We spent Saturday immersed in the history of St Michaels boat building and seafood industries. St Michaels is home to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, a wonderful collection of outdoor and indoor exhibits – which include a working boatyard – that really brings to life the importance both economic and social, of Chesapeake Bay.
From the Maritime Museum we headed to the wharf and boarded The Patriot – a passenger cruise boat which takes daily tours on the Miles River. For ninety minutes we cruised along the river, admiring the stunning homes which grace the waterfront and learning interesting facts about the history of the area and the wildlife that call the river home – Olive and Edie even got to have a go at steering the boat!
As we were coming to the end of our cruise we were treated to the most amazing sight – the Captain ordered everyone up on top of the boat with their cameras as he had spotted a deer swimming across the river. Apparently he spots deer in the river only a couple of times a year, and as this was the Patriot’s first voyage of the season he was a teeny bit excited! It would never have occurred to me that a deer would swim and the sight of the doe powering through the water was nothing short of amazing.
There are loads more pics of our trip to St Michaels if you click on the link to my Flickr photos.
As I type this we are coming to the end of Easter Sunday. It’s been a very relaxed day – the Easter Bunny hid some treats for the girls to find and we spent the morning exploring the nearby townships of Easton and Tilghman Island.
Tomorrow we are headed back home after a very relaxing getaway. This area has completely won us over and we would very much like to make a return visit.
Hope you have all had safe, happy and chocolate filled Easters. Missing you all and sending all our love xxx