Last time, we covered Part 1 of the Eastport Walking Tour, and now we are back to cover Part 2 of this adventure in Annapolis’ historic maritime neighborhood. Let’s continue the last seven parts of this 14-station self-guided journey.
8 – Murphy’s Row
Within the little houses on Murphy’s Row lies the secret of how Eastport got its name. You’ll learn what makes this building one of a kind and the reason it would be more likely to be found in Baltimore.
9 – The Fort at Horn Point
Take in the magnificent vista by gazing across the Severn River from this waterfront park at the end of a street. Find out how General Marquis de Lafayette and the now-vanished Fort Horn protected Annapolis from the British during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
10 – The McNasby Oyster Company and Barge House
You’ll discover the last of the once numerous oyster-packing houses that lined the shores of Eastport and Annapolis. Boatloads of oysters were delivered by watermen to be shucked, processed, and canned for shipment here. See also the Barge House, which used to float on the bay and now functions as the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Interpretive Center.
11 – The Maritime Tradition Lives On
Learn why Annapolis is called “America’s Sailing Capital,” a tradition established long ago by shipwrights and ship’s chandlers during Colonial America.
12 – Eastport’s Soul
Since Eastport’s founding after the Civil War, African-American families, along with their churches and schools, have been an integral part of its heritage. Visit the formerly segregated schoolhouse that’s now a private sailing club for prominent members of this community.
13 – The Watermen of Back Creek
Now crowded with docks and marinas filled with sailboats and powerboats, it is hard to imagine a bygone era when there were only a few African-American watermen on small wooden boats hand tonging for oysters on Chesapeake Bay.
14 – The Old Farmhouse
Although now an apartment, you will be able to picture the building as a farmhouse surrounded by pastures that fed some of America’s first thoroughbreds. With a bit of searching you’ll find the unmarked grave of an early governor of Maryland.
A B&B Near Eastport
Eastport is about a mile from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your bed & breakfast room at our toll free number 877-330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.