Paddling Through History
Local archaeologists and historians Jane Cox and Jessie Grow led enthusiastic kayakers (and a canoe!) on July 10 and 11 for AMM's new exclusive “Paddle Through History,” a two-hour guided kayak tour along the shores of Back Creek and Spa Creek.
“You’ll gain a new perspective on our historic connections with the water, while getting exercise and having fun,” Jane had said before the tour, and it was true.
Anne Arundel County’s Lost Towns Archaeology Project, sponsored by the Four Rivers Heritage Area and AMM, shared with paddlers years of exciting archaeological and historic research as you paddle along the shorelines of the Chesapeake Bay’s most historic and scenic tributaries. Jane and Jessie pointed out where Native Americans once camped and roasted oysters, where 17th century settlers built their homes, where 18th century forts guarded our ports, and where steamboats once tied up to wharves. It was great fun.
This special inaugural event for friends of the Annapolis Maritime Museum was followed by post-paddling happy hours with the guides.
For this inaugural event, 10 rental kayaks, were made available courtesy of Sarles Boatyard and Marina.
Everyone commented that the tour was terrific, and a most looked forward to taking the entire tour, following the special waterproof guidebook, about 4-5 hours.
More paddling dates will be offered later in the summer. Stay tuned!