Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Museums in Talbot County

In another post, we told you about Easton’s fabulous Academy Art Museum. Here, we canvas a few other of Talbot County’s notable museums. 

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels is arguably the county’s top sightseeing attraction (if you don’t count the water itself). Situated on the waterfront, the museum is dedicated to celebrating Chesapeake Bay culture and history through exhibits, demonstrations, a floating fleet of historic watercraft, and special events. There are a couple of gallery spaces, plus an active boatyard, a lighthouse, a corn crib and a small building devoted to waterfowling. Plan to spend the whole day--there’s really that much to do on the 18 acre campus. 

 The tiny town of Oxford (population 700) has its own little historical institution. The Oxford Museum houses more than 2,500 artifacts outlining the development of the town during its 325 + year history. Exhibits are devoted to the way of life in this tiny burg from the days of the American Revolution through to the Civil War, the Waterman era, and today. Discover antique engines, boat building tools, Colonial furniture, documents, war items, and waterman tools. There’s even a clock made out of oyster shells. And, by the way, the museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. 

Tilghman Island is just three miles long and one mile wide. Once a prime destination for watermen and sports fishing, the island still provides an authentic Chesapeake Bay experience. The Tilghman Watermen’s Museum celebrates the culture and heritage of Tilghman’s Island way of life. Housing an ever-growing collection of historical watermen’s tools and boat models, it showcases the experiences of local watermen, along with work by local artists.

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