Posted by: beachchairandabook | July 16, 2014

The Eastern Shore Tour – Three Down, Six to Go

Life is good on the Eastern Shore – for many of us, it’s more than a catchy slogan printed on posters, coffee mugs and tea towels. It is, as many of my fellow shorewomen and men would say, “the honest-to-God truth.” If Maryland is America in miniature, we “across the Bridge” are its East Coast – nine counties of vineyards, farmlands, marshes, creeks and rivers. We’ve got lighthouses, museums, distilleries and vineyards, dock bars, fine art and fine dining. Buffalo, emu and alpaca graze on the Shore. In summer, every county from Cecil to Worcester puts on at least one festival celebrating its unique culture, heritage and history.

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve explored part of the Shore with friends. The first time out, my carefully planned itinerary took on a life of its own as soon as we left the Kent Island parking lot. Instead of a direct route to the 50/301 split and Ocean Gateway, we stopped at a Kent Island farm stand, bought corn and fruit and snapped pictures of the farm’s adorable baby goats. We drove over the old Kent Narrows Bridge to Grasonville past the Maryland Watermens’s Monument. At the corner near Wells Cove and Main Street I pointed out the restaurant where Captain Meredith used to serve up his own fresh-caught seafood. Across the road, new dining establishments and dock bars sit where packing houses once processed Eastern shore crabs and oysters.

Further up Route 50, instead of braving the summertime bumper to bumper beach crawl, we detoured through the tiny, historic town of Wye Mills on the Queen Anne’s/Talbot County line. We lucked out; it was grinding day at the Old Wye Grist Mill.   The massive grinding stone and water wheel were at work turning out a supply of wheat and corn flour, as the mill has done since 1682.

At 50 and 404, traffic turned toward the Delaware beaches, leaving us with open road through Talbot  and Dorchester Counties, the birthplace of two of America’s greatest heroes. Runaway slave turned abolitionist, orator, statesman and author Frederick Douglass was born in Talbot County. Harriet Tubman; Union Army nurse, spy and the most successful Underground Railroad conductor was born in Dorchester. We stopped at the Bucktown Village Store where  an overseer struck Tubman in the head with a two pound iron weight. Nearby, down a middle-of-nowhere country road in Bucktown we came to the Brodess Farm where Tubman grew up to become “the woman called Moses.”  A marker in Tubman’s honor, placed there by the Maryland Civil War Centennial Commission, stands in front of the fields. It was a pilgrimage of sorts, and after a visit to the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center, a fitting way to end the day.

Enjoy this photo gallery from both trips. It’s a small glimpse of the beauty and the history of Queen Anne’s, Talbot and Dorchester counties. Keep coming back – with three counties down, I’ve got  six more to explore. Before the next installment, however,  I’ll tell you all about my trip to Santo Domingo with the Obama family!

 

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  2. This captures the day. 

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    • It was such a good day; impromptu, off the itinerary and all! Next time sand and seafood:)


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