I was lucky enough to grow up spending large quantities of time on the Chesapeake Bay. Sadly, pollution, and a growing Washington DC population that loves to buy vacation places on the shores of the bay, have perhaps changed forever the character of the bay.
Still, memories of eating oysters freshly shucked, and catching my own dinner of fish or crabs (or both), without a thought of pollution or depleted populations, are ones no new generation can have.
The Sinclairs and Jamarts and Mc Cuthchens of the Eastern Shore made their living from the Bay. Oystering, crabbing, fishing and ferrying goods to the many islands now almost completely gone from erosion. The family lived for the most part on Poplar Island, the homes all almost gone today.
Tilghman Island and Easton and the now very trendy St.Micheals (where many of my relatives rest in a cemetery), were also home to the family.
Going through old family photographs, it’s easy to see we were a family happy on the water. My own memories are quite fond ones, and it was fun to discover relatives not too long gone that also enjoyed the Bay as much as I did as a child.
- The Chesapeake Bay Trust Wants You To Name That Bird (washington.cbslocal.com)
- “Reclaim the Chesapeake Bay” Public Awareness Campaign (smartgrowthmd.wordpress.com)