Upper Bay Museum

Upper Bay Museum A unique museum collection that reflects the heritage of commercial and recreational fishing and hunting on the Upper Chesapeake Bay. Preserving the lifestyle of the waterman and hunter of the upper Chesapeake Bay

Operating as usual

After 4pm today (9/4) we're closed for the season.  We will be open on Saturday 9/18 from 8:30am - 1pm for Paws in the P...
09/04/2021

After 4pm today (9/4) we're closed for the season. We will be open on Saturday 9/18 from 8:30am - 1pm for Paws in the Park. If you aren't able to visit while we're open, contact us to check volunteer availability.

This boat - a 1939 Century - is on loan to the museum by the family of Bobb Leamy. Bob Miklos has put lots of time and e...
07/24/2021
1939 Century 13 Utility

This boat - a 1939 Century - is on loan to the museum by the family of Bobb Leamy. Bob Miklos has put lots of time and effort into getting her running. Here she is on Conneaut Lake in Northwestern Pennsylvania.

Stop by and see her - and everything else we have - Saturdays 12pm-4pm.

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The smallest inboard the Century Boat Co. made. The boat is a Century boat model 13 Utility that is 13 foot 4 inch. It is the only known example of this mode...

We've been busy rearranging and improving our exhibits. Stop in and see when we're open: Saturdays 12pm-4pm.#upperbaymus...
07/17/2021

We've been busy rearranging and improving our exhibits. Stop in and see when we're open:
Saturdays 12pm-4pm.

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#localhistory
#northeastmaryland
#cecilcountytourism

Closed for Salute To Cecil County Veterans on Saturday 7/3. We will be open on Sunday 7/4 12-4pm.#upperbaymuseum #salute...
07/03/2021

Closed for Salute To Cecil County Veterans on Saturday 7/3. We will be open on Sunday 7/4 12-4pm.

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Image description: a deep green background with light and medium green fireworks, saying "Happy Independence Day. We will be closed on Saturday July 3. We will be open
Sunday July 4 12-4pm."

Closed for Salute To Cecil County Veterans on Saturday 7/3. We will be open on Sunday 7/4 12-4pm.

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#salutetocecilcountyveterans

Image description: a deep green background with light and medium green fireworks, saying "Happy Independence Day. We will be closed on Saturday July 3. We will be open
Sunday July 4 12-4pm."

Tomorrow in Annapolis:(Link to directions in the comments)
06/05/2021

Tomorrow in Annapolis:
(Link to directions in the comments)

Tomorrow in Annapolis:
(Link to directions in the comments)

Hey everyone! Just popping in to remind you all that after Memorial Day, we'll be open Saturdays 12pm - 4pm starting Sat...
05/24/2021

Hey everyone!

Just popping in to remind you all that after Memorial Day, we'll be open Saturdays 12pm - 4pm starting Saturday, June 5th. From then until at least Labor Day, everyone will be welcome to come to visit us at the Museum every Saturday!

If you're not able to visit when we're open, feel free to send us a message and we'll make arrangements for a volunteer to open for you.

Hey everyone!

Just popping in to remind you all that after Memorial Day, we'll be open Saturdays 12pm - 4pm starting Saturday, June 5th. From then until at least Labor Day, everyone will be welcome to come to visit us at the Museum every Saturday!

If you're not able to visit when we're open, feel free to send us a message and we'll make arrangements for a volunteer to open for you.

This weekend in Havre de Grace!
05/08/2021

This weekend in Havre de Grace!

***Chesapeake Bay Ship Watcher Update***

Keep a weather eye out, PRIDE II will be departing Baltimore tomorrow in preparation for our upcoming Havre de Grace Star-Spangled Banner NHT Visit. The visit is in partnership with Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, City of Havre de Grace, & The Chesapeake Independent Blues.

The plan is to cast off lines sometime after noon tomorrow, sail out into the Chesapeake, & drop the hook for the night. The anchorage location is dependent on the weather, but, given the forecast, it will likely be off Gibson Island. Friday morning the crew will haul back & set sail for Havre de Grace. PRIDE II can be expected to be viewable from the shore in town at 5 PM, take sail in by 5:30 PM, & be alongside the dock by 6.

The vessel's track & the sails set will be dependent on the wind & weather. You can track PRIDE as she travels by going to pride2.org/pride-of.../pride-ii-is-underway/.

Photo courtesy of Steven Birchfield.

#SailTheTrail #AllWoodAllGood

Another opportunity to learn about how we can protect the bay:"Some of our most popular garden plants have gone rogue an...
05/06/2021
Replacing the Dirty Dozen Webinar - Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Another opportunity to learn about how we can protect the bay:
"Some of our most popular garden plants have gone rogue and now threaten our natural areas and biodiversity. We’ll look at the 'Dirty Dozen' – the most egregious of these invaders – and talk about some great replacements for the garden."

MAY 26TH, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Sponsored by:
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Community Conservation Committee
Penn State Extension - York County

https://www.allianceforthebay.org/event/replacing-the-dirty-dozen-webinar/

Replacing the “Dirty Dozen” presented by Connie Schmotzer | Some of our most popular garden plants have gone rogue and now threaten our natural biodiversity. We’ll look at the “Dirty Dozen”-the most egregious of these invaders-and talk about some great replacements for the garden.

#upperbaymuseum Picture Description:  a folksy duck flies in the background, with the words "Thank you for making our so...
05/01/2021

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Picture Description: a folksy duck flies in the background, with the words "Thank you for making our soft opening a success. We'll see you on Memorial Day!"

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Picture Description: a folksy duck flies in the background, with the words "Thank you for making our soft opening a success. We'll see you on Memorial Day!"

"This photo is from May 1st, 2015, taken from the end of West Church Point Road next to St. Mary Anne’s Episcopal Church...
05/01/2021

"This photo is from May 1st, 2015, taken from the end of West Church Point Road next to St. Mary Anne’s Episcopal Church in North East, the first day of their Garden Market that year. I and my fellow University of Maryland Master Gardeners (and many locals, no doubt) are very much missing the garden market and festivities from this and last year. IMHO the garden market is one of the best events to be found in Cecil County. 🌱🌸🌿 Here’s to looking forward to an extraordinary SMA’s Garden Market 2022. Onward and upward!"
- photo and caption by Gail Sentman Monroe

We miss the Garden Market, too - but we love this view of the museum from St. Mary Anne's church.

"This photo is from May 1st, 2015, taken from the end of West Church Point Road next to St. Mary Anne’s Episcopal Church in North East, the first day of their Garden Market that year. I and my fellow University of Maryland Master Gardeners (and many locals, no doubt) are very much missing the garden market and festivities from this and last year. IMHO the garden market is one of the best events to be found in Cecil County. 🌱🌸🌿 Here’s to looking forward to an extraordinary SMA’s Garden Market 2022. Onward and upward!"
- photo and caption by Gail Sentman Monroe

We miss the Garden Market, too - but we love this view of the museum from St. Mary Anne's church.

This is an awesome example of what a handful of dedicated volunteers can accomplish!  Thank you, The High 5 Initiative a...
04/26/2021

This is an awesome example of what a handful of dedicated volunteers can accomplish! Thank you, The High 5 Initiative and Bay Venture Outfitters for your hard work, guidance and support!

p.s. look through the pictures to see a few views of the museum building...

We are excited to announce that this coming Saturday from 12pm-4pm, we will be having a soft opening during the Havre de...
04/26/2021

We are excited to announce that this coming Saturday from 12pm-4pm, we will be having a soft opening during the Havre de Grace Decoy and Wildlife Festival.

We are excited to announce that this coming Saturday from 12pm-4pm, we will be having a soft opening during the Havre de Grace Decoy and Wildlife Festival.

Happy Earth Day, everyone!As we have said in a couple of previous posts, the Upper Bay Museum not only aims to preserve ...
04/22/2021

Happy Earth Day, everyone!

As we have said in a couple of previous posts, the Upper Bay Museum not only aims to preserve the lifestyle of the waterman and hunter of the Upper Chesapeake Bay but also "to promote activities to conserve and propagate Chesapeake Bay waters, marine life, waterfowl and upland game."

To fulfill this part of our mission, we decided to celebrate this years' Earth Day with the three Rs: reduce, re-use, and recycle! If we don't work to keep our waterways clean and safe, we risk endangering our Upper Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, so we are sharing with you a few small ways that you can make a difference.

Will you join us this year in protecting our Upper Chesapeake Bay?

Reminder that the Upper Bay Museum will be open from 12-4pm, in case you'll be at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum's fest...
04/21/2021

Reminder that the Upper Bay Museum will be open from 12-4pm, in case you'll be at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum's festival and have some time to stop in and see us!

https://conta.cc/2QmhScv

We're not only about decoys - we also  "promote activities to conserve and propagate Chesapeake Bay waters, marine life,...
04/20/2021

We're not only about decoys - we also "promote activities to conserve and propagate Chesapeake Bay waters, marine life, waterfowl and upland game."

Like this one, right up the river from the museum, with The High 5 Initiative !

🌎EARTH DAY KAYAK CLEANUP AT NORTH EAST RIVER🌎

Come out and celebrate Earth Day and the Chesapeake Bay by volunteering at a local cleanup!

DO GOOD = FEEL GOOD!!!

We have partnered with Bay Venture Outfitters who will be providing kayaks and equipment to volunteers so that we can access the marsh area across from North East Community Park. Funding for supplies provided by a mini grant awarded to The High 5 Initiative by Chesapeake Bay Trust.

We will have gloves, bags, hand sanitizer, water, and snacks. Please wear closed toe shoes that can get wet. We also recommend hats and bug spray.

Kayaks will be limited.

E-mail [email protected] to register.
Masks must be worn at the registration table and whenever social distancing is not possible unless with co-isolators. If you are sick, been exposed to someone who is sick or have been to a "hot spot" 2 weeks prior, please do not attend.

If you can't make it to this cleanup but would like to see where we will be the rest of the year, visit https://thehigh5initiative.com/cleanup-initiative

#TheHigh5Initiative #TheHigh5CleanupInitiative #CBTrust #BayVentureOutfitters #ProjectCleanStream #AllianceForTheChesapeakeBay #NorthEastCommunityPark #EarthDayKayakCleanup #SaveTheBay #FightPlasticPollution #PlasticFreeOcean #NoPlanetB #EndTheStigma #BeTheChange #Nonprofit #ChesapeakeBayWatershed #ChesapeakeBay #NorthEast #NorthEastMD #Maryland

In addition to preserving the lifestyle of the waterman and hunter of the upper Chesapeake Bay, part of our mission is "...
04/17/2021

In addition to preserving the lifestyle of the waterman and hunter of the upper Chesapeake Bay, part of our mission is "to promote activities to conserve and propagate Chesapeake Bay waters, marine life, waterfowl and upland game."

So, for Earth Day this year, our interns have been working on some posts to support that mission.

Stay tuned, and please share!

Here's one activity: please make sure to properly dispose of household waste. If you don't, it could end up in the bay!
Link in comments.

In addition to preserving the lifestyle of the waterman and hunter of the upper Chesapeake Bay, part of our mission is "to promote activities to conserve and propagate Chesapeake Bay waters, marine life, waterfowl and upland game."

So, for Earth Day this year, our interns have been working on some posts to support that mission.

Stay tuned, and please share!

Here's one activity: please make sure to properly dispose of household waste. If you don't, it could end up in the bay!
Link in comments.

Happy Maryland Day! Below is a photo of a booklet from the 1984 North East Water Festival as well as the photo which was...
03/26/2021

Happy Maryland Day!

Below is a photo of a booklet from the 1984 North East Water Festival as well as the photo which was used for the cover. The cover photo shows the state flag, a couple of decoys, a model boat, a carved blue crab, and a set of silver communion vessels. This was for the 350th anniversary of the state's settlement. Fun fact: this year is the 387th anniversary!

Here is what the "About The Cover" section of the booklet says:
“We are celebrating the 350th Anniversary of the founding of our state this year. The Ark and the Dove left Cowes, England, on November 22, 1633, and arrived at St. Clements Island, Maryland, on March 25, 1634. This is the Date celebrated as Maryland Day.
The symbols on the cover are represented by Maryland's flag and other items that depict North East and its heritage. The cover was photographed by Slaughter Associates and assembled by S. Frank Slaughter and the Reverend James J. Shand. More about the symbols on page 1.”

We hope you enjoyed this little piece of our state's history!

The Upper Bay Decoy Collectors Club has done a great job restoring one of our sinkboxes -- come to Charlestown on April ...
03/23/2021

The Upper Bay Decoy Collectors Club has done a great job restoring one of our sinkboxes -- come to Charlestown on April 3rd to check it out!

Did you enjoy visiting the area this weekend during the Ice Festival? Well, you’re invited back.

Mark your calendar for the Upper Bay Decoy Collectors event at the Ice House on April 3rd.

This event is taking place in Charlestown, MD at the former Barnes Ice Icehouse. The Upper bay Decoy Collector’s Club will be floating a sink box hunting rig along with several Cleveland canvasback decoys. These decoys are believed to have been made for President Grover Cleveland.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1786342321387300/

This year the Upper Bay Museum is reaching out to our community members in honor of this years Maryland Day. We invite y...
03/18/2021

This year the Upper Bay Museum is reaching out to our community members in honor of this years Maryland Day.

We invite you to send us photos, stories, and memories from your experiences in the Upper Bay.

On the 25th we will share a compilation of all your experiences, please let us know if there is any information we should keep anonymous or shared with your post.

You can send us a direct message here on our page or email us at [email protected].

This year the Upper Bay Museum is reaching out to our community members in honor of this years Maryland Day.

We invite you to send us photos, stories, and memories from your experiences in the Upper Bay.

On the 25th we will share a compilation of all your experiences, please let us know if there is any information we should keep anonymous or shared with your post.

You can send us a direct message here on our page or email us at [email protected].

This starts right up the river from the museum!
03/10/2021

This starts right up the river from the museum!

🌎EARTH DAY KAYAK CLEANUP AT NORTH EAST RIVER🌎

Come out and join us to help make an instant impact!

DO GOOD = FEEL GOOD!!!

We have partnered with Bay Venture Outfitters who will be providing kayaks and equipment to volunteers so that we can access the marsh area across from North East Community Park. Funding for supplies provided by a mini grant awarded to The High 5 Initiative by Chesapeake Bay Trust.

@ChesapeakeBayTrust

@BayVentureOutfitters

We will have gloves, bags, hand sanitizer, water, and snacks. Please wear closed toe shoes that can get wet. We also recommend hats and bug spray.

Kayaks will be limited.
E-mail [email protected] to register.

Masks must be worn at the registration table and whenever social distancing is not possible unless with co-isolators. If you are sick, been exposed to someone who is sick or have been to a "hot spot" 2 weeks prior, please do not attend.

If you can't make it to this cleanup but would like to see where we will be the rest of the year, visit https://thehigh5initiative.com/cleanup-initiative

#TheHigh5Initiative #TheHigh5CleanupInitiative #CBTrust #BayVentureOutfitters #ProjectCleanStream #AllianceForTheChesapeakeBay #NorthEastCommunityPark #EarthDayKayakCleanup #SaveTheBay #FightPlasticPollution #PlasticFreeOcean #NoPlanetB #EndTheStigma #BeTheChange #Nonprofit #ChesapeakeBayWatershed #ChesapeakeBay #NorthEast #NorthEastMD #Maryland

For International Women's Day, we are sharing Fannie Mae Salter's story. Fannie Mae is just one of several women lightho...
03/08/2021

For International Women's Day, we are sharing Fannie Mae Salter's story. Fannie Mae is just one of several women lighthouse keepers from Turkey Point Lighthouse.

This is also a chance to highlight our interns from the University of Delaware - Julianna Salak, who created this post, and Julia Chadwick, whose work we'll share later. They're helping us "re-brand" our social media presence. I'd also like to thank Meg Hutchins, UD intern coordinator extraordinaire.

For additional information, please see:
Turkey Point Light
Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society
National Park Service Chesapeake Bay
National Park Service
https://cheslights.org/keeper-bio-salter-fannie-mae/
https://cheslights.org/our-heritage/keepers/
https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/wom/2003/turkey.htm
http://www.tpls.org/historyInPics.html

Address

219 W Walnut St
North East, MD
21901

General information

Open Memorial Day - Labor Day Closed from Labor Day through Memorial Day The museum is free to enter, but we always accept donations. Museum hours from Memorial Day through Labor Day: Saturday 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m Sunday 12:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m

Telephone

(410) 287-2675

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The 3rd Annual Charlie Joiner Memorial Decoy show is being held this Saturday September 11,2021 at the Galena Vol Fire House from 9am to 3pm. They will have old decoys, new decoys, oyster cans, antique fishing lures, shell boxes and much more. Bring the family to this event and also see the display of Mr. Joiners decoys old and new. Admission is just $5.00 per person, kids under 12 are free. Hope to see you there.
The Charlie Joiner Memorial Decoy Show will be held on September 12, 2020 at the Galena Vol. Fire Co. in Galena Md. from 9am to 3pm. There will be a 5 item auction at 1pm that you will not want to miss. We have just 3 table spaces left and the show will be sold out for Vendors. Due to COVID 19 Face Masks will be required, social distancing and maximum capacity of 200 peoples will all be inforced. We have many vendors coming back for the second year of this show along with 10 new vendors. Come enjoy the only show on the delmarva since February. Admission is just a $5.00 donation going to the Charlie Joiner/Charlie Bryan investment account at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum. Kids under 12 are free. Contact me at 410-708-7011 for table space.
**Help Support the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery Memorial Campaign** @SSHMarinersGenealogy The Descendants of Sailors’ Snug Harbor Mariners have been reaching out to Historical and Genealogical Societies, Museums, Military Veterans Groups, and Concerned Citizens, to invite them to join a Letters of Support Campaign to support their efforts to gain access to the old Sailors’ Snug Harbor Cemetery on Staten Island, in New York City, to honor their Ancestors and all of the 6,500 Merchant and Naval Mariners interred there (1834-1976), by installing a Memorial Monument (Obelisk) and holding an annual Memorial Service. Some of the Mariners were famous Sea Captains and some sailed on famous Merchant and Naval ships dating back to the American Revolution. Many were just average seamen whom sailed and endured for many years on the sea under arduous conditions. The Mariners were from many areas of the United States, Canada, and foreign countries. https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2244490/sailors-snug-harbor-cemetery Sadly, the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery is devoid of gravestones or markers, except for 15 remaining gravestones. The Cemetery is closed and not open to the public. The Board of Trustees of Sailors' Snug Harbor have rejected the Descendants' requests to access the SSH Cemetery to honor their Ancestors. https://nypost.com/2018/12/29/caretakers-shoot-down-plans-for-monument-for-fallen-sailors/ The Descendants are collecting Letters of Support to persuade the Trustees of Sailors’ Snug Harbor to change their decision. You can help support the Descendants by writing a Letter of Support using the Support Letter Writing Instructions at the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sZv5VFLNWw0HA-pW2i33RhbgVFQ6oExx Sailors’ Snug Harbor has a very interesting history. It was one of the first large scale retirement facilities in the United States and the first established for Merchant Mariners. It was founded by the Randall family whom were New York City Merchant Sea Captains and Privateers during the French Indian War and Patriots during the Revolutionary War. Alexander Hamilton was a friend of the Randall family and their Attorney. He helped draft the Robert Richard Randall Will in 1801 to create the SSH Trust which funded the SSH Retirement Home. During its 140+ years of operation (1833-1976) approximately 16,000 Mariners resided there. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailors%27_Snug_Harbor
Upper Bay Museum Visiting the upper waters of the Bay Saw sights of interest I must say A contest of rowing I was at first amused But only one single oar was used I asked a gent standing next to me What was this sport that we did see Skulling the reply with a cheerful grin And then to the museum he invited me in When duck hunting on the flats he said The slightest noise would cause you dred So an oar was designed with a triangle blade And a twist of the wrist your speed was made Boats and decoys and things to hide So along the bay you could ride To find your game of ducks and geese And ways to travel slick as grease So many ways to get the hunting done A way of life to more than one I saw the ways of survival strong And in my mind formed a happy song The museum shows the thoughts and brains Of hunting in the Sun or rains To keep alive the local lore How they lived on the upper shore I carry the news of this wonderful sight A museum that harbors the local might You know they don’t even charge a dime Of course donations are welcome anytime The Upper Bay Museum can be found on line And shows the history of another time The ways and means of how to survive And it keeps the history and lore alive McKinney
Folks, We had a great time at the show and the museum as well. Keep up the good work !!!
Attention decoy collectors and Cecil County historians, please Check out my book by clicking here www.cecilcountydecoys.com I hope you enjoy it.