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CHESAPEAKE BAY WATERFRONT TOWN OF ST. MICHAELS
TO HOST 150TH CIVIL WAR ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND EVENT
ON JUNE 11-12
Come Learn Civil War History through Military Drill, Living History, Encampments and Music
Saturday Evening Soiree at Muskrat Park on the Banks of the Miles River
To Feature Civil War Musicians. Soldiers and Civilians in Uniform and Period Dress
ST. MICHAELS, MD (May 12, 2011) – The Town of St. Michaels, the St. Michaels Museum and the 7th Maryland Regiment Volunteer Infantry invite you to come join us on the weekend of June 11 and 12 to kick off the Civil War sesquicentennial with a weekend of drill, living history, an encampment and a Saturday evening soiree in Muskrat Park in the picturesque Town of St. Michaels on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Come and meet the re-enactors, learn about the uniforms, accoutrements and weapons used during the war or just sit by the water and enjoy the period music along St. Michael’s Harbor as the sun goes down.
“In commemoration of the Civil War, St. Michaels Museum is honored to partner with the 7th Maryland re-enactors for a weekend of living history,” said Marie Martin, President of St. Michaels Museum Board of Directors. “It will be an exciting day for all Marylanders to join us to recreate the Union troops making the trip from Easton by ferry to St. Michaels to drill at St. Mary’s Square. This event will be a great opportunity to keep our history alive.”
Reenacting the arrival of Union soldiers into St. Michaels by ferry for military drill during the Civil War, the 7th Maryland will be ferried into the St. Michael’s Harbor by The Patriot at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11. They will then march through town to historic St. Mary’s Square, on the grounds of the St. Michaels Museum, where they will recreate the military drill from years ago as the first troops to do so since the actual conflict. Please see below the full schedule of activities for the Civil War Weekend Event in St. Michaels.
The Schedule of Events for June 11 and 12th is:
Saturday, June 11
Approx 10 a.m. Soldiers arrive into St. Michael’s Harbor by The Patriot and march through Town to drill in St. Mary’s Square on the grounds of the St. Michaels Museum.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 7th Maryland will conduct drills and speak with visitors and residents about their lives as soldiers, their uniforms, arms and the company’s different engagements during the War.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Soldiers and civilians will walk the town in period dress and conduct a moveable living history.
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Soiree will be held in Muskrat Park with Civil War Music performed by Folk and Friends. The public is invited to enjoy the music along St. Michael’s Harbor.
Sunday, June 12
10 .am.- 12 noon Civil War Encampment in St. Mary’s Square will provide living history discussions about civilian and soldiers life during the war, the uniforms, accoutrements and weapons used during the war.
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. 7th Maryland Civil War soldiers and civilians will perform living history discussions on The Patriot’s 12:30 and 2:30 voyages.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. St. Michaels Museum will host a talk by author, Dan Toomey, writer of books on the Civil War in Maryland at the Women’s Club in St. Mary’s Square.
The 7th Maryland Volunteer Infantry Regiment was formed as a living memorial, providing a living history to honor the men and women who fought to preserve the Union during the War of the Rebellion from 1861 through 1865. The members strive to accurately portray the lifestyle of the period, with honor, dignity and respect to themselves, to each other and to those whom we honor. For more information on the
The St. Michaels Museum’s goal is to celebrate and promote the unique history of St. Michaels and the surrounding area through preservation and education and to serve as a key educational and social catalyst for positive change in St. Michaels. Tourists and residents alike enjoy the museum for the vivid interpretation of St. Michaels' culture and history, including the historic artifacts and the stories of the people preserved as oral histories, and a continuing calendar of dynamic programs and activities. Children learn to value and appreciate St. Michaels' history because of the museum's participatory programs and activities both in the classroom and on-site. For more information on the St. Michaels Museum, please visit the website at: http://www.stmichaelsmuseum.com
Pedaling the Eastern Shore
Fall's charms come alive in Talbot County, where visitors on two wheels can follow themed bike trails offering views of theChesapeake Bay.
The 29.6-mile Oxford/St. Michaels trail is recognized as one of the best in the region. The picture-postcard town of St. Michaels also has designated nature trails that meander from the eastern limits to Railroad Avenue.
If you feel like a respite, head for the St. Michaels Marina to take a cruise on the scenic Miles River aboard the Patriot, a 65-foot steamboat replica in operation since the 1960s.
Information: For a bike map, call the Talbot County Office of Tourism in Easton at 410-770-8000 or go to tourtalbot.org. For cruises, call 410-745-3100 or go to patriotcruises.com.
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael's, MD , its Board of Governors, staff, and relatives of the skipjack's builder will hold a news conference at 2 pm, Nov. 6 on Hooper Strait Lighthouse deck during OysterFest at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, MD.
They will announce a major skipjack restoration project, funded by $500,000 in philanthropic support and will conducted in the public's eye at the Museum's boat yard over the next three years. The skipjack being restored is the Rosie Parks, built by the legendary boat builder Bronza Parks who was murdered in 1958 by a disgruntled customer.
Located on Maryland's eastern shore, St. Michael's is a waterfront town rich in history and loaded with activities to suit a range of visitors. Tourists can explore the town's revolutionary history and 18th-century landmarks or indulge in 21st-century-style relaxation while taking in the views of the picturesque town.
Self-Guided Walking Tour
Thirty historical landmarks from the 18th and early 20th centuries are located along a self-guided walking tour known as the St. Mary's Square walking tour, according to stmichaels.org. As the name suggests, the tour begins in St. Mary's Square, which was part of the town's original plan developed by its founder, James Braddock in 1778, according to stmichaels.org. Other points along the tour include the Union United Methodist Church, built in 1895, the Chesapeake Maritime Museum and Hell's Crossing, a spot known for frequent fights from water men heading back to their boats after a night out, according to stmichaels.org.
Learn about the history of St. Michaels by taking a narrated boat tour. Patriot Cruises offers daily cruises that depart from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, according to patriotcruises.com. The daily tours feature views and information about St. Michaels landmarks, a full bar, hot dogs and a climate-controlled main deck for those who like to stay "inside." Patriot Cruises also offers special evening cruises such as a Tuscan picnic dinner cruise and a fireworks cruise.
One of the best biking trails in the mid-Atlantic is the 29.6-mile Oxford-to-St. Michael's trail, according to sandaway.com, a website hosted by the Sandaway Bed and Breakfast. For those looking for a longer ride, there is a 41.6-mile ride that hits St. Michaels and Neavitt. Although the Sandaway is seven miles outside of St. Michaels, the bed and breakfast provides several amenities for bikers looking to explore the trails in and around the historic town such as Internet access for planning bike trips, free trail mix bars and water bottles and the use of a covered steel bike rack.
Harbourtowne Golf Resort and Conference Center offers "stay and play" packages for golfers interested in playing a round or two during their stay in St. Michaels, according to harbourtowne.com. Price and package information can be found on the website.
Chesapeake Bay Flyfishing offers full- and half-day charters designed for experienced fly fishermen as well as those who would just like to learn the sport, according to the St. Michaels business association. Lunch is included as part of the full-day trip and no license is required while fishing from the boat charter. The charter may be able to provide pickup from a hotel or waterfront inn, according to the website.
The Linden Spa at The Inn at Perry Cabin offers several services including fitness equipment, facials, massage and hand and foot treatments for anyone looking to take time away from exploration to relax and unwind. Several of the spa's treatments feature blooms from the linden trees on the inn's property, according to perrycabin.com.
On Saturday, October 23, in conjunction withFrederick Douglass Day, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland opens the recently restored, historic Mitchell House as a new permanent exhibit. Now located on the Fogg’s Landing side of the Museum’s 18-acre waterfront campus, Mitchell House will help tell the stories and history of free black laborers along the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Originally located on Lee Street in St. Michaels, the Mitchell House was brought to the Museum several years back before undergoing restoration as a public exhibit. The left half of the house is original, with the right half a reconstruction to resemble its former state.
During the years that this house was located on Lee Street, St. Michaels was a center for oystering — with oyster houses and canneries, and growing employment for black waterman and their families. Thousands of African Americans made up one-third of the watermen by the late 1880s.