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St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square
Presents Historic Walking Tours for 2016

For the 2016 Season, beginning on May 7, St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square will again offer docent led walking tours at 10 a.m. on Saturday Mornings. There will be four tours with differing lengths and foci that will be offered on a rotating basis. The details and schedules can be found on our website www.stmichaelsmuseum.org. These tours are also offered on a special basis and can be presented on other times for groups of 5 or more subject to the availability of docents. For reservations or information email stmichaelsmuseum@atlanticbb.net or call 410 745 0530 for details or reservations. The cost is $10 adults and $5 youth (7-17).

Included this year are the two classic 90-Minute, approximately ½ mile, walking tours: “Historic St. Michaels: its People, Places and Happenings” and “Frederic Douglass, a slave, in St. Michaels 1833-36”. Additionally there will be two new offerings, lasting approximately 60-minuttes each with minimal walking that will focus on the Museum exhibits and a short stroll in St. Mary’s Square. These tours draw of the fact that St. Mary’s Square, originally called the ”The Green” and the Museum exhibits contain much of the Town’s history in the 18th and 19th Centuries and so many stories can be told at these sites. Current Offerings will be “St. Michaels Museum and St. Mary’s Square: Frederick Douglass’ Formative Teenage Years” and “St. Michaels Museum and St. Mary’s Square: The Founding and Core of Our Town”

StudentsThe general tour “Historic St. Michaels: its People, Places and Happenings” will be offered on the first Saturday of each month. This tour will give highlights of St. Michaels during the 19th Century, chronicling the rise and fall of the shipbuilding industry, the War of 1812 and battles of St. Michaels, and the rise of the seafood industry. These stories will be told by viewing many restored structures from that era and describing life of famous and typical residents of these times, including Frederick Douglas.

On the second Saturday of each month the shorter tour: “St. Michaels Museum and St. Mary’s Square: Highlights of Frederick Douglass’ Formative Teenage Years” will be offered. Using the Museum’s featured exhibit “Frederick Douglass: His world 1818-1895 “ and several relevant sites on the Square this story will be told of how he grew up in slavery and then became the most important African-American during the Civil war. Several significant events during his three formative years in St. Michaels undoubtedly helped to inspire him to gain his freedom and fight for that of fellow slaves.

On the third Saturday of each month the other shorter tour, “St. Michaels Museum and St. Mary’s Square: The Founding and Core of Our Town” will be offered. The land purchase and original plat that formed St. Michaels Village in 1778 established The Green (now St Mary’s Square) as the center of a new planCannonball Housened community. There were residences on one side and public buildings on the other with a Market Place in the center and gates at both ends. The Green played a central role in the life of the town and especially during the Battle of St. Michaels in 1813 and many events during the Civil War. Stories of these events and the colorful residents of the time will be discussed in this tour.

On the fourth Saturday the Museum’s signature tour “Frederic Douglass, a Slave, in St. Michaels 1833-36”, will give a more detailed view of the early life of St. Michaels’ most famous 19th century resident and probably the most important African-American Abolitionist in the Civil War Era. This will fit well with the Museum’s expanded exhibit; “Frederick Douglass: His world 1818-1895.“ This tour will include a walk to several sites important in Frederick Douglass life in St. Michaels including the Dodson House where In 1877 Frederick reconciled with his previous master.

Detailed schedules for all of the tours can be found on the Museum’s Website: www.stmichaelsmuseum.org. Reservations are appreciated but not required. Please Email stmichaelsmuseum@atlanticbb.net for reservations and information or call 410 745 0530.


The general tour “Historic St. Michaels: its People, Places and Happenings” will give highlights of St. Michaels during the 19th Century, chronicling the rise and fall of the shipbuilding industry, the War of 1812 and battles of St. Michaels, and the rise of the seafood industry.  These stories will be told by viewing many restored structures from that era and describing life of famous and typical residents of these times, including Frederick Douglas.

The Museum’s signature tour “Frederic Douglass, a slave, in St. Michaels 1833-36”, will give a more detailed view of the early life of St. Michaels’ most famous 19th century resident and probably the most important African American Abolitionist in the Civil War Era.  This will fit well with the 2015 expanded exhibit on Frederick Douglass; “Frederick Douglass:  His world 1818-1895”

The new “short” tour, “St Michaels Museum and St. Mary’s Square  - The core of St. Michaels History” will involve a visit to the museum and it’s exhibits along with a leisurely stroll in St. Mary’s Square which is the original “Town Green” laid out by James Braddock in 1778.  There will be discussions of the History of St. Michaels Museum and its exhibits, on life in the 19th Century, Frederick Douglass, and the 1813 Battles of St. Michaels.  Then will follow awalk in St. Mary’s Square where the participants will hear about the History of St. Michaels starting with the original plat by James Braddock. The tour will discuss, the Town Bell, the ceremonial cannons, various buildings currently or previously on St Mary’s Square and how they relate to the Town’s history including the Battles of St. Michaels, the Civil War, Frederick Douglas, and other highlights.  


Historic St Michaels Tour

St Mary's Square CanonThe new “Historic St. Michaels: Its People, Places and Happenings” tour will begin at the Museum where a diorama highlights the British attacks on St. Michaels on August 10 & 24, 1813 and the impact of these battles on the St. Michaels community. This will be followed by a leisurely walk though St. Mary’s Square to Muskrat Park and then on to Navy Point.  Along the way you will see many original and restored houses from the 1800s while learning about life in a small waterfront village and the vibrant shipbuilding and seafood industries of that era. Featured are colorful stories of many of the people and events. Highlights include the history of the layout of St. Michaels by James Braddock, the cannon involved in the battle of St. Michaels and the Cannonball House that was struck by a cannon ball that rolled down the interior stairs and frightened a woman holding her baby. At Muskrat Park you will learn of the transition of Church Cove to Muskrat Green and see replicas of the cannons from 1813. Continuing down Locust Street you will come to “Hells Crossing” and at the foot of Carpenter Street is the Higgins Boatyard, the oldest continuously operated boat yard in town and one of several in operation in 1812.  Then comes the Dodson House site of Frederick Douglass' 1877 return to reconcile with his master. Following on to Navy Point you get a good view of St. Michaels Harbor and will hear how Honeymoon Bridge was named, the seafood industry developed on Navy Point, plus a lot more about 19th Century activities in the harbor.

Strolling in St Mary's Square in 1880

Historic St. Michaels Tour Dates

 

 

Young Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass Tour

On the “Frederick Douglass, a Slave, in St. Michaels” tour you can follow in the footsteps of Frederick Douglass during his teenage years in St. Michaels. Arriving as Frederick Bailey, a rebellious 15 year old, in 1833 and leaving in 1836 determined to acquire his freedom, his years in St. Michaels were critical in the development of this great man who went on to become probably the most important African American figure in the 19th century. This tour will offer an historical perspective of Mr. Douglass' life in enslavement and his return to reconcile with his former master.

 

Self-Guided Tours





Thanks to the Walking Tour Map Committee, the museum has available, free, a new and expanded version of "A Walking Tour of St. Michaels." This brochure allows you to identify historically important buildings and learn a little about their history as you stroll through the historic areas of St. Michaels. Stop by the museum to pick up a copy or click on the brochure cover (left) to download a pdf of the walking tour guide.