October 19, 2017
14200 Solomons Island Rd.
P.O. Box 97
Solomons, MD 20688
“At The Water’s Edge” Lecture Series presents “A Day at Chesapeake Beach Park, 1946-1972”
Thursday, October 19, 2017
“A Day at Chesapeake Beach Park, 1946-1972” presented by Joan Kilmon; lecture provided by Calvert Library
Step back in time with “At The Water’s Edge,” a new lecture series highlighting how people enjoyed leisure time on the Chesapeake Bay from 1890 through the 1970s.
In the late 19th century, Calvert County saw a major transformation in the use of local waters and shoreline – from a place of work to a place of play. These years witnessed a decline in the number of people making a living on the water along with rapid growth in recreational boating. Fishing, boating and family amusements became popular with a burgeoning middle class. Steamboats, trains from the Chesapeake Beach Railway and improved roads for automobiles brought destination recreation on the bay and along Calvert’s waterways within reach for an ever-increasing number of visitors.