Meandering into St. Michaels - 2nd - 7th August 2011
Sun 7 Aug 2011 09:27
We were making one last port of call before we hauled Nimue out of the water for the season. We had heard that St. Michaels was a ‘must see’, so we ventured 25nm across the Chesapeake Bay to the Eastern Shore and into the Miles River, where St. Michaels is located.
On our way under headsail across the Chesapeake Bay
We dropped anchor in St. Michaels harbour and just a short distance away from the restored 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, now part of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and a short dinghy ride into town.
St Michaels is known as the town that fooled the British. When the British planned an attack on the town during the dark morning hours of 10 August 1813, the residents, forewarned, hoisted lanterns to the masts of the ships and in the tops of the trees. The “blackout” was effective, tricking the British by causing the cannons to overshoot the town. St Michaels derived its name from the Episcopal Church of St.Michael the Archangel parish, established here in 1877. The church attracted settlers who engaged in tobacco growing and ship building.
The Hooper Strait Lighthouse
The Inn At Perry Cabin hotel viewed from Nimue An old gaffer taking out tourists
Once ashore, it was easy to see the charm of St. Michaels and why it’s now a first class tourist attraction.
Michael with Merlin at the dinghy dock and crossing the bridge into town
Michael carrying the shopping bags!
The area where the Crab Claw Restaurant stands was one of the first parts of Navy Point, St. Michaels to be built up with oyster shells.
A rather fancy painted speed boat moored outside the Restaurant
Navy Point Historic Houses circa 1851
Signs of all sorts displayed around the town!
This plaque was outside the bank. Just made me wonder if HSBC would do the same for their dedicated employees?
A selection of quaint shops in Talbot St. Even a Christmas shop!
A typical church and a house complete with a veranda
This rather nice Mustang was up for auction by the local Rotary Club.
We were both desperate for haircuts and came across the local barber shop (for Michael). Unfortunately, the shop was closed with a sign saying the barber was seriously ill in hospital and was unlikely to return! Thereafter, we located another hairdressers and we were both fitted in the next day for a trim.