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The 19th Annual Oyster Festival will be helHistoric Inn, Hotel, Annapolisd at the Captain Avery Museum from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 15. A celebration of the most delectable harvest from the Chesapeake Bay, connoisseurs of seafood are welcome to dine on raw and fried oysters, oyster stew, and fried oyster roll sushi. For those who love something hot during the fall, cream of crab soup and Maryland crab soup will also be available.

Adults can enjoy beer or wine while being entertained by musicians playing Bluegrass, oldies, and music from the 60’s. Local artists will offer their arts & crafts for sale. Children will have fun by watching live crab races, games, and face painting. There will be educational demonstrations illustrating the important role oysters play in the health and maintenance of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.

Captain Avery Museum

Build on a beautiful bayside location in 1860, the Captain Avery Museum was formerly the house of Captain Salem Avery. He was a prominent waterman from Long Island, New York who moved to Maryland to pursue the oyster trade in the Chesapeake Bay. Avery met and married a local woman, and they had seven children. His business prospered until his death in 1890. The home stayed in the Avery family until 1920, when it was purchased by Jewish Masons from Washington, D.C. for their families’ summer vacations. In 1989, the site was bought by the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society.


Founded in 1984, the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society aims to preserve Maryland’s South County history and culture, focusing on local families and traditions. After just five years, the organization raised enough funds to acquire the waterfront property now called the Captain Avery Museum. The museum sponsors educational programs, a library, community events, speakers, and Chesapeake Bay stewardship programs. In 2005, the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Event Details

Date & Time: Sunday, October 15; 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Captain Avery Museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Road, Shady Side, MD

Admission: Adults, $6; children under 12, $2

For More Information: Oyster Festival 2017

Your Inn Near the Oysters

The Avery Museum is about a 37-minute drive away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your room at our toll free number (877) 330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.

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