Old Wye Church Wye Mills, Maryland 1721, renovated 1854, restored 1947-1949
The Georgian Anglican church we see today is a restored version of the 1721 chapel of ease, itself a replacement for the original chapel first mentioned in historical records in 1698 (the actual construction date is not recorded) known originally as St. Luke’s. Taxes built the exterior structure when the Church of England was the official religion in colonial Maryland, and tobacco built the interior - the proceeds of an auction, bid upon by local farming families, resulting in the box pews that fill the structure. The American War of Independence saw the ultimate division of church and state, and a subsequent decline in funds to maintain the building. Prior to its 1854 renovation, it had fallen into disrepair due to a dwindling congregation and funds, and had been used as a stable. In 1947, a generous benefactor, Arthur Amory Houghton, Jr., president of Steuben Glass, chairman of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and grandson of the Corning Glass Works founder, was inspired by the restoration work at Williamsburg, and subsequently provided the funds to restore the chapel to its near-1721 appearance (the exception being its large rondel window over the entrance, designed to allow more natural light into the gallery); he is buried nearby in the cemetery. The entire churchyard is encompassed by old trees and boxwood, and presents one of the most serene and beautiful vistas of any located on Delmarva. A printed walking tour is available for visitors to explore at their leisure. ⚓️
Hazy, cloudy sunset at the location of the former ferry slip at Claiborne. (July 2021) . . . #kodakgold200 #olympusxa2 #film #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #35mmfilm #claibornemd #talbotcountymd #mdinfocus #maryland #landscape
A very moving remembrance in town park for memorial day today. The colorguard and the bagpiper were very touching. I have an unusual vantage point as I watch from the front door of the store and couldn’t help but notice the juxtaposition of a sign for the scottishhighlandcreamery and the bagpiper Randy Welch. #treasurechestinoxford #treasurechestoxford #oxfordmd #oxfordmaryland #localartists #smallbusiness #shopsmallbusiness #shoplocal #shoplocalbusiness #talbotcounty #talbotcountymd #stmichaelsmd #stmichaels #easternshoremd #visitoxford #visitoxfordmd #giftshop #souvenirshop #chesapeakeybaygifts #coastalgifts #memorialday2023
It’s here! Saturday is Opening Day at the nation’s oldest grist mill still in operation, celebrating 341 years. This family-friendly event will feature corn-grinding demonstrations, activities for the kids, food, memorabilia, mill-inspired gifts, and . . . flour, of course! Historic artisanal flours such as wheat, buckwheat, Einkorn as well as grits and cornmeal - all ground on the mill’s 140 year-old water-powered stones - will be available for purchase. Whether you are a history buff, gear head, fan of early American architecture or gourmet foodie, there is something for everyone at the mill. The Wye Mills Park and Lake are just across the street, so there is plenty of free parking and space to picnic - make a day of it! The little mill that fed George Washington’s troops and inspired the Industrial Revolution is a true American treasure, so come on over and experience a bit of living history! Hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; address is Old Wye Mill, 900 Wye Mills Road (Route 662), Wye Mills, MD 21679. More details can be found on the website: www.oldwyemill.com.
Enjoy an evening of poetry in our beautiful courtyard on Saturday, May 20 at 6 pm. Artist and poet Andrea Barnes will read selections from her recent work in the Museum’s courtyard. Barnes` poetry explores the natural environment of Talbot County, offering spiritual respite, exuberant curiosity, and subtle melancholy. Link in bio.
“Back to the Bay” A new abstracted landscape that will be one of my featured pieces at a new gallery LOCAL (across from Limoncello)on Talbot Street this holiday weekend..come on by and see my new paintings…I’ll be there to show you this cool new space!#stmichaelsmd #artforhomes#artforsale#contemporarylandscapepainting #seascapes#chesapeakebay #talbotcountymd #americanhoilday
A lot of Talbot County grown fresh cut flowers await you at the tilghmanlittlebigmarket 💐. Bring home a bundle of sunshine for your Memorial Day get together 🇺🇸☀️. #flowers #peonies #locallygrown #tilghmanisland #stmichaelsmd #eastonmd #easternshoremd #talbotcountymd #flowerfarmer #flowerfarm #honeybeeflowerfarm
The Old Wye Grist Mill and Museum Spring Fling Opening Day: Saturday, May 6th, 2023 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thinking about weekend plans? This Saturday is the opening day and “Spring Fling” at the nation’s oldest grist mill still in operation in Wye Mills, Maryland. The good folks there will be demonstrating corn grinding using 140 year-old mill stones, and you can purchase a variety of artisanal flours as well as jams, jellies, baked goods and mill memorabilia. There will be a documentary on view in the museum, activities for children K-6, and a basket raffle. This is a great opportunity to see living history as the Mill celebrates 341 years in operation - from feeding the first colonial families in the area and George Washington’s troops during the American Revolution, to inspiring the development of the Industrial Revolution. The Mill was built in 1682, and you can walk the beautiful grounds along the mill race and imagine all the historical figures who have passed by over the centuries - from early Maryland political figures such as the signer of the Declaration of Independence and Maryland Governor William Paca (who owned a farm nearby) to Frederick Douglass (as a young boy) and artists such as Charles Willson Peale. The weather promises to be fine and there is no better way to support local history than to come out and celebrate Spring and opening season. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m Wednesdays through Saturdays from May through October and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the website at www.oldwyemill.org for more information and directions. I will drop by on Saturday and I hope to see you there, too! ⚓️