We took a ride to St. Michaels today. I love this town, it has a little bit for everyone. A picturesque harbor on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Its harbor and some homes date back to the mid-1600’s, and is home to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum where you can immerse yourself in maritime history. Not today, but usually we roam through the Museum to see what boats that are restoring or any new exhibitions they have. My hubby is all about maritime history!
A cool fact about St. Michaels
St. Michaels is known as “the town that fooled the British” due to the clever action of early settlers. During the early morning hours of August 10th, 1813, British barges off the coast of St. Michaels planned an attack on the town and a harbor fort. The people of St. Michaels got word of the impending attack and hoisted lanterns high up onto the masts of their sailboats and into the tops of trees. The high lights caused the attacking British to overshoot the town.
The ruse worked and only one house in St. Michaels was hit by cannon fire. That house still stands today as a private residence and is known as the “Cannonball House.” The cannon ball fell through the top of the roof and rolled down the stairs.