Our Favorite Anchorage

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

OUR FAVORITE ANCHORAGE IS ST.MARYS CITY,MD.IT IS OFF THE BAY UP THE DREADED POTOMAC RIVER(ALWAYS VERY ROUGH DUE TO CURRENT,WIND,TIDE AND TYPE OF BOTTOM)AND ON THE ST.MARYS RIVER.IN 1634 140 COLONISTS LED BY GOVERNOR LEONARD CALVERT SAILED ACROSS THE ATLANTIC ON TWO SHIPS THE "ARK" AND THE "DOVE" AND PLANTED LORD BALTIMORE'S COLONY ON THE EDGE OF THE NEW WORLD .THE TOWN WAS THE FIRST CAPITAL OF MARYLAND.FOR THE NEXT 60 YEARS THE TOWN HAD A HISTORY RICH IN STRUGGLE AND HARDSHIP,OPPORTUNITY AND TRIUMPH.THEY WERE THE FIRST COLONY TO MANDATE RELIGIOUS TOLERATION.HERE ,THE FIRST INDIVIDUAL OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN DESCENT PARTICIPATED IN A COLONIAL LEGISLATURE AND MARGARET BRENT BECAME THE FIRST WOMAN TO ASK FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE.ST. MARYS IS A PRESERVED COLONIAL ARCHEOLOGY SITE.THE TOWN IS BEING RECONSTRUCTED IN ITS ORIGINAL STATE AND THE COLLEGE STUDENTS AND VOLUNTEERS RE-ENACT AT THE DIFFERENT SITES.THERE IS A LIVING-FARM,ORDINARY,THE STATE HOUSE,PRINT HOUSE AND TOBACCO PLANTATION.ST MARYS COLLEGE IS LOCATED ON THE SAME GROUNDS AND THE STUDENTS HAVE THEIR OWN SAILING CLUB,SKULLS AND WATER ACTIVITIES.THEY HOST THE LARGEST SAILING RACE FROM ANNAPOLIS AND HAVE THE BEST COLLEGE CAFETERIA FOUND.IT IS LIKE A 5 STAR RESTAURANT THE CAFETERIA IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.THE ANCHORAGE IS HUGE AND DEEP AND THE OLD CHURCH AND CEMETERY OVERLOOK THE ANCHORAGE.THE SCENERY IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL ROLLING GREEN HILLS,TREES,FLOWERS AND BEACH.WE WALKED THE TOWN VILLAGE AND SAW RABBITS,A SNAKE IN THE OLD BARN AND A GROUND HOG.THE REPLICA OF THE "DOVE"IS AT THE WHARF FOR TOURING AND THEY FIRE THE CANNONS AT 1:30 DAILY.SO IT IS A GREAT PLACE TO JUST SIT ON THE BOAT AND ENJOY THE VIEW OR DINGHY ASHORE AND WALK THROUGH THE TOWN CENTER AND STEP BACK IN TIME.OUR NEXT STOP WILL BE SOLOMON ISLANDS.
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