We took off for the mid-Atlantic last week to celebrate 20 years of our family. We decided to introduce the kids to some of our favorite places from our early days. One of our favorites is and will always be the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Boats, boats, and more boats with a lighthouse thrown in for good measure.
In the 20 years since our last visit (y’all don’t wait that long, trust me), they’ve expanded their campus and collection. It’s even better than it was at our last visit. The museum is very kid-friendly (just be careful in the working boats area). They even have wooden replica boats for the kids to climb on. With chairs in the shade for mamas and daddies to enjoy while the kids play.
One of the additions that made my fingers tingle (there were many but this one got the green thumbs thing) was an heirloom garden. The centerpiece of the garden is the restored home of Eliza Bailey Mitchell, the closest sibling of Frederick Douglass. Born in St Michael’s, her descendants donated the home to the museum to preserve her legacy. I wish those walls could talk.
Surrounding the Mitchell home is the heirloom garden with rare and antique plants that tell the horticultural history of the Chesapeake Bay area. From Native American to 19th century plantings, the breadth of the garden is amazing.
If you need a place to run away for a weekend, definitely go to St Michael’s, Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The Museum is a wonderful way to spend the day.