Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway

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  • Prepping for the Show

    This 4-H youth brushes her Hereford steer in preparation for the beef show at the Eastern Shore 4-H Spring Show.

  • Farming the Chester

    Working lands and working waters are the trademark of Chesapeake Country.

  • Overlook of Kent Narrows Channel

    Boaters enjoy a sunny Sunday afternoon on the Kent Narrows Channel.

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  • Queen Anne's County 4-H Fair

    The Queen Anne's County 4-H Park is located on the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway on Route 18 between Queenstown and Centreville. Being an agricultural county, the 4-H Fair is one of the larger livestock shows for 4-H-ers in the area. Here, 4-H Clovers, ages 5-8, show their hogs in the Fitting and Showmanship category.

  • The Art of Making a Dugout Canoe

    Local students learn the centuries old technique of using fire to burn the center of a log and then scrap the dugout with oyster shells. This event was held in conjunction with the 2005 launching of the Captain John Smith replica shallop into the Chester River in Chestertown, MD

  • Launching 1/2 of the John Smith Shallop

    Although little is known about the original shallop used by Smith to explore the Chesapeake Bay, this shallop was designed based on historical records of other expeditions of that era. Two water-tight compartments were likely made in England and transported on a Mother ship. Upon arriving in the Americas, the 2 parts were hoisted out of the ship's hold and re-joined. Thus, on November 5, 2005, only 1/2 of the Captain John Smith Shallop replica was launched into the Chester River. The 2 sections have been rejoined and are on a regional tour for 2006.

  • Making a Dugout Canoe

    A costumed actor oversees these Chestertown students who are learning the centuries old Native American technique for making a dugout canoe with fire and oyster shells.

  • Raising Sails Circa 1768

    When sailing the Sultana "Schoolship of the Chesapeake", children get to experience working as a shipmate.

  • Winter migration along the Atlantic Fly-Way

    Canada geese are winter visitors to the Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway, seen here at a resting place along Route 213 between Centreville and Church Hill, MD.

  • The Geddes-Piper House, Circa 1780

    The Geddes-Piper House was likely to have been erected under the ownership of James Piper in the 1780s when full three-story elevations were common in Atlantic coastal towns. This home was owned by several Chestertown merchants, one of whom was the port's Collector of Customs, William Geddes. The brigantine Geddes was the scene of Chestertown's Tea Party on May 23, 1774. The original kitchen is still in the basement. Now the headquarters for the Historical Society of Kent County and the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area, the Geddes-Piper House is open for tours Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 pm for a $3 donation (as of 2006).

  • Raise Those Sails!

    Children sailing on the Sultana "Schoolship of the Chesapeake" get the chance to raise the sails of the ship just as sailors did back in 1768.

  • Captain in Training

    Sultana passenger, Zachary Schmidt, gets a lesson from Captain Bob Brittain on steering the Sultana.

  • Honoring the Watermen

    From colonial times, the Chesapeake Bay has provided a bountiful seafood harvest. This statue, found in Rock Hall, honors the watermen whose livelihood was and continues to be harvested from bay waters.

  • Preserving Our Rural Heritage

    The counties of Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne's, through which the Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway travels, consists of over 1200 farms on more than 350,000 acres producing sales of over $201 million while maintaining the region's open space and rural character.

  • The Historic Kitty Knight House

    A sloping lawn and a white plank fence lead up to the front of the Kitty Knight House, home of an American war heroine from the War of 1812. As the British advanced up the Sassafras River in May, 1813, they burned the town of Georgetown, reducing all of it to ash except for a church and 2 brick houses at the top of a hill. These 2 buildings (now joined to form the inn), were saved by the courageous Catherine "Kitty" Knight. She was a great heroine who refused to leave an invalid neighbor, defying Admiral Sir George Cockburn by declaring "I shall not leave. If you burn this house, you burn me with it." The British finally relented.

  • Going Softcrabbing

    Seasonal soft shell crabbing is a favorite recreational activity.

  • Sunset from East to West

    Spectacular sunsets can be seen from the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. This photo, taken in Rock Hall, MD looks directly across the bay towards Baltimore.

  • Blue Heron Gracing the Waters of the Chesapeake

    The waters of the Chesapeake Bay is home to any number of great blue and green-backed herons.

  • Working Landscapes along the Byway

    The counties along the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway are some of the highest agriculture-producing counties in the State of Maryland. Agriculture is an integral part of our rural heritage.

  • Sunset over the Eastern Shore

    The Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway is located on what is commonly called The Chesapeake Bay Bridge, seen here at sunset, connects "The Eastern Shore" with "The Western Shore" of Maryland. The bay bridge marks the Southernmost point of the Chesapeake County Scenic Byway.

  • Maryland Governor Launching the John Smith Shallop

    Maryland Governor Robert Erhich launched the John Smith Shallop into the Chester River, November 2005. The shallop will spend 2006 on display in regional museums and then embark on a re-enactment voyage of Capt. John Smith's exploration of the Chesapeake Bay in 2007.

  • Curing Hay in the Spring

    Green rows of freshly cut hay slant into the distance in this pastoral photo.

  • Student Art Show on Kent Island

    Queen Anne's County students display their artwork each year at the Kent Island Federation of Art in Stevensville. Artwork from kindergarten through 12th grade were on display from 14 different schools in the county.

  • Remembering May 6, 1813

    Costumed actors re-enact the British burning of Georgetown, Maryland, which occurred on May 6, 1813.

  • Hebe, Goddess of Youth and Beauty

    A statue of Hebe, goddess of youth and beauty (c. 1899), is the centerpiece of Fountain Park in Chestertown, Maryland.

  • Sunset at Rock Hall, Maryland

    Sunset rests lightly on the water at Swan Creek, Rock Hall, Maryland

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