Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Chesapeake People

Visitor Experience


Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 N. Talbot St.
P.O. Box 636
St. Michaels, MD 21663
410-745-2916

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Roe and ReedThere aren’t very many people who have actually worked in a seafood packing house, know how to make a dip net, or who can carve decoys. But understanding this traditional work is vital to understanding the history of the Bay. Meet local decoy carvers, watermen, and crab pickers and learn first-hand about Chesapeake Bay maritime traditions. Let the experts tell you how it’s really done.

The Chesapeake People Program brings these tradition-bearers to the Museum’s visitors. Meet local residents who have spent their lives making a living on the Bay - skipjack captains and crew members, boat builders, hunters and decoy carvers, dipnet makers, crab pickers andoyster shuckers. Take a moment to visit with Chesapeake People demonstrators and hear their stories and experiences about life on the Chesapeake.

This program is supported by Maryland Humanities Council, Maryland Traditions, Maryland State Arts Council, and Talbot County Arts Council.