Highlights from our brief stay in Chesapeake Beach yesterday. One of those why-didn’t-we-come-here-sooner, and closer than you think. When the better half asked me how long the trip would take, I said, about an hour. Honest to goodness, we rolled into town 40 minutes after leaving Alexandria. Of course, there was little traffic.
The Railroad Museum was closed, but they have an excellent assortment of informative signs.
Otto Mears, a Denver businessman, designed the layout for a resort on the Chesapeake, pretty much due east of Washington. Construction of the railway started around the same time. The first train arrived in the summer of 1900.
The trip from Seat Pleasant took an hour. The special line was called the "Honeysuckle Route." The hey day of the resort last until after the Great Depression.
We hope to return in shorts!
Photo from 1925. How bout them Nats!
The Marina restaurant sported excellent service. This mini platter? Well....
On the way home we stopped at Upper Marlborough. We saw more bondsmen offices than cafes, but Darnall's Chance is worthy of a visit. Also known as the James Wardrop House (first known owner), and the Buck House (previous owner), the stucco brick mansion was built around 1742. It is one of the earliest mansions in Maryland. Colonel Henry Darnall (1645-1711) owned the tract of land and served briefly as Deputy Governor. The home is now a museum.