Thursday, February 07, 2008

More from St. Michaels

Next morning we get up and meet everyone for breakfast. John and I had to be gone by 11:00 as Johnny was playing lacrosse in Salisbury and his athletic life rules our lives. Breakfast, like dinner the evening before, was stupendous. Fresh fruit (and I mean fresh), fresh squeezed juice, coffee in pretty, little, teeny,tiny, china cups. (Okay that was like torture. The cups need to be bigger.) Anyway, cut to the chase. I had two beautiful poached eggs Benedict on lobster hash. Bravisimo!

After breakfast we walked over to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Muesum. So much good stuff to see and not enough time. The place is HUGE! It's something like 18 acre's of buildings. First stop was a working boatyard where you could sign up to apprentice. Pretty cool. There they were working on a wooden skiff.

The guy leaning back in the brown sweatshirt is a 4th generation boatmaker. Pretty cool. He took us around the boat building area and gave us a lot of information. I was fascinated by the workshops. It is so interesting exploring someone elses craft. (I need an editor.)So much to see. In one of them we spyed a dug-out hanging from the rafters. Reminded me of the book Red Fox and His Canoe. Remember that book?

I also saw a kiln and a potters wheel and asked what they were used for. Turns out they make their own brass fittings. Impressive. The potters wheel. Well some guy there is also a potter. Being able to speak with this boatmaker is what made the visit so special. It's my understanding that this is pretty much how the place operates. Here is an excerpt from their website:

"Unlike most museums which must depend upon tour guides or costumed re-enacters to bring life to the history they celebrate, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum offers you the real thing: people who actually live the story we tell. Some days, depending on the season and the weather, you could find a master decoy carver sitting on the porch of the Waterfowling building, carving decoys and telling stories of his life in Dorchester County. On others, a retired crab picker might be sitting at one of the picnic tables sharing historic photographs, talking with visitors about working on Navy Point; pointing out where different buildings stood, and sharing her memories of a picker's life. In the Museum's working Boat Yard, you can watch the restoration of the Bay's traditional vessels and go talk with the shipwrights, apprentices, or a visiting captain or boat builder."

On to the the SREWPILE LIGHTHOUSE. It is called screwpile because it has iron pilings shaped like a screw that are screwed into the bay floor to hold it. Then there you are in the middle of the water in a lighthouse. Kind of "romantic". I mean don't rich people pay the big bucks to hang out in huts over the water in some far flung location? Anyway, then I saw this little plaque.

Okay maybe just a couple days. One. The accomodations were pretty stark. The outhouse hung off the side of the balcony. That could be sort of daunting.

You can't beat the view.

The various kinds of boats used by watermen for crabbing and oystering were of course on display. At this point I was running out of time so I only briefly peeked. But again, to me, it was fascinating.

I certainly would like to visit again and spend a little more time. It's so close to my home and I had never been. But there are so many, many, many places to see...


Blogger TomCat said...

Looks like you had a great time.

2/07/2008 04:16:00 PM  
Blogger Krissy Doyle said...

That is so cool and very interesting. You are such a sweetie for sharing all of this!

2/07/2008 05:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Cream said...

Happy Birthday for yesterday, Mary.
Great food photos, below.

2/07/2008 05:48:00 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

I had two beautiful poached eggs Benedict on lobster hash.
Why must you always make me cry?:)

2/07/2008 11:43:00 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

What a fun and interesting place. I want to go there!

2/08/2008 10:07:00 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Great travel writing and photos Mary.


2/09/2008 08:51:00 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

St.Micheals is where I spent my honeymoon many many years is a special place...and the Red Fox Book..WOW..great have you ever read"The Clam Lake Papers" would love it...thanks for always sharing these cool places with us....

2/10/2008 06:50:00 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

the museum sounds GREAT. I like anything that shows me how it's done - including tours of cheese factories, candy factories, - once saw how they assembled B27s. Amazing.

2/10/2008 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger Tosh said...

That museum is the best AND the shops in the town are great. A little Maryland charm...

2/13/2008 02:44:00 PM  

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