Joseph J. O’Donnell’s – My Virginia: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

The beautiful part of living in the Commonwealth of Virginia is being able to take in the beauty of both mountains and the ocean. Just across the Chesapeake Bay, in St. Michaels, Maryland, one can find a museum that represents the rich history of the region.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has on display many artifacts showing the early days of fishing in the bay, as well as its place in the era proceeding, and after, the American Revolution. From its fleet of fishing vessels to this weeks visit by the replica of the Sultana, an English revenue vessel, one cannot help but fall in love with this place.

The museum also has its own Master Shipwright, Mark Barto, who is in charge of the restoration of the skipjack sailing vessel Rosie Parks a project that is asking for public support to see it through completion. The skipjack is a fishing boat that was the last of its kind to utilize sail in this country, and was only found on the Chesapeake Bay.

Our tour was expertly guided by Paul Ray from the museum and he, and Tracey F. Munson the VP of Museum Communications,  were kind enough to forward info about it to us to present to our readership.  The museum also offers educational programs, festivals, boat rides, model ship building classes and races, and displays of their lighthouse and boat sheds. There are also period houses on the site for public display. The museum store is also well-stocked with gifts and souvenirs to remember your visit with. You will find all of their staff kind and helpful and we recommend the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum as a great place to visit for all of our readers. For more info visit their site at


Photos courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Maratime Museum

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