Enter the world of Chesapeake Bay history and lore at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. You’ll find exhibits on boat building, Chesapeake Bay craft, steamships and decoy carving. The Hooper Strait Lighthouse and a restored skipjack are also here.
St. Michaels – popular for romantic getaways – is “the town that fooled the British” because the townspeople hung lanterns in the trees during the War of 1812, resulting in the British cannons overshooting their marks. Southwest of St. Michaels is Tilghman Island, home port for many of the Chesapeake Bay's remaining skipjacks.
Oxford, once a major port and shipbuilding center, is another old town in Talbot County. Take the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry to get to Oxford. It’s the longest cable-free ferry in the U.S. You'll find a replica of the first Customs House in the nation in Oxford, as well as the Robert Morris Inn -- former home of Robert Morris, Sr., a successful colonial merchant and father of Philadelphian Robert Morris, often called the "financier of the Revolution."
The county seat is Easton, where you can see the Third Haven Meeting House, probably the oldest church building in the country. The town has a top-ten ranking in the book 100 Best Small Towns in America.
Visit the Talbot County web site.