Chesapeake, the Eastern Shore, part one

While exploring Chesapeake Bay I thought it worth while to read the book “Chesapeake”. Most of the book took place in and around the Choptank River. We decided that this would be a good reason to explore the area. Leaving Tangier Island we made our way north staying on the eastern (Maryland) side to the Choptank. Heading up river we made our furthest stop up river, Cambridge, Maryland.220px-ChesapeakeNovel

Here we unfolded our bicycles and started exploring the area. We had heard that Annie Oakley had once owned a home in the area. We set off looking for Annie’s home. We found it a Craftsman type home with a beautiful view of the Choptank Bay.  Locals informed us that Annie didn’t stay in the area very long. It seemed that Cambridge was a little too quite for someone who was used to traveling the world.

Close to the marina was a replica of a typical Chesapeake light house. They are a lot shorter than the light houses we have been used to.

Typical Chesapeake Light house behind the Buy Boat

Typical Chesapeake Light house behind the Buy Boat

Cambridge was where we first got an up close view of a “skipjack” type sailboat. The main oyster boat of the Chesapeake.

First up close view of a Skipjack

First up close view of a Skipjack

We have found that with most of the slips we have had to back Bright Angel into the slip so we are able to climb off the back of the boat to get ashore. With the back close to shore we get to watch the people walking along the water front. We get many people asking if we brought the boat all the way from Michigan. Of course this starts many questions about our travels. We met a man walking his dog, he introduced himself as Bob White, our conversation revolved around to that he worked Sunday’s and that were welcome to come to his place of business. Bob is pastor at Christ Episcopal Church in Cambridge. A tour of the stained glass windows was offered later that day and we took him up on the tour and even brought along other boaters be met at the dock.

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During the tour I could not help but notice the pipe organ. Pastor White let us know that the church had an exceptional organist and that music was played at the 10:00 service.

Showered and shaved and in better than regular boat clothes we made the 10:00 service that Sunday and thoroughly enjoyed the music. We noticed that during the service the organist play very well, however, at the end of the service he “pulled out the stops” and let the organ fill the church with “a joyful noise”. After the service and the music we did what other church people do. We went to lunch and then back home for a nap.

Christ Episcopal Church was established in 1692 by King William and Queen Anne of England. There have been three church buildings on this location. The current building was constructed in 1883 and is on the register of national historic places.

Like Annie Oakley we stayed in Cambridge just a short time and headed back down the Choptank and toward the Tred Avon River.

That’s in part two


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