The Town that Fooled the British
Two days in St. Michaels was just the ticket for us! Rich with history and so many places to explore, we were definitely on a learning adventure. Perfect for two public school teachers on their summer break like us!
War of 1812
We learned that St. Michaels is known as the town that fooled the British. During the War of 1812, the people in the town hung lanterns in the trees and blacked out the real lanterns in their homes to fool the British into assuming that the town was on a hill. Hence, the enemy warships aimed their cannons too high in their effort to annihilate this crucial American-shipbuilding-center. The result? The bluff worked, and the British overshot the town completely!
Return Visit Must-Haves
This is just one of many stories from history that we are eager to learn more about on these short voyages up and down the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries this summer. After a lunch at Awful Arthur’s recommended by our sailing mom, Penny, we learned that the Chesapeake Maritime Museum was closing within the hour and that would not give either one of us enough time to enjoy the numerous exhibits that were beckoning for our attention. So we promised each other that we would return to this quaint nautical town again soon to spend more time unpacking the treasures that this place is loaded with. So stay tuned in the coming weeks for a return visit re-cap!
Back at the boat, we prepared for our return journey home to Kent Island the next day.