Arundel History

August 20, 2006

In the summer of 1906, there was something simple that made "thousands of people come home happy." That thing was a daylong steamer sail down the Chesapeake Bay from Baltimore to southern Anne Arundel County. In an Aug. 20 advertisement in the morning Sun, family excursions on the Emma Giles to Annapolis and the U.S. Naval Academy , as well as smaller waterfront communities, were described as a saltwater tonic for mind and body. "Then the whitecap sail down the bay: West River, Galesville, Chalk Point ... . A day of rest, advised by all the leading doctors for children." The Saturday excursion, tailored for courting couples, returned by moonlight. Quite a cheap date, only 50 cents.

[Source: Sun archives, library researcher Paul McCardell]

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