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Favorite thing: When we visit this area, one of the things that we often do is go to the Marine Museum. There are things to do even for the youngest child. My almost four year old was really intrigued by the children's area at the museum. She loved turning on the light in the lighthouse, and the docent helped her dress up as a lighthouse keeper's child. Also they looked for shark's teeth and she got a tooth to take home with her
She loved watching otters play in their tank. Of course she wasn't so keen on touching a horseshoe crab.
Updated Dec 13, 2010
Favorite thing: The original name of this little island was Bourne's Island. Then in 1740 it was called Somervell's Island and later Sandy Island. My first thought on hearing the present name was that it was somehow connected with the Solomon Islands in the Pacific. Although, ironically, the personnel who trained here in WWII did fight at the Pacific Solomon Islands. Between 1942 and 1945, the population of Solomons increased from 263 to more than 2,600. Over 60,000 troops trained at Solomons during the war.
But no - it was named for 19th century Baltimore businessman Isaac Solomon, who bought land and established a cannery there shortly after the Civil War. He was advertising his canning establishment as "Solomons Island." He leased small lots on the island to many people who paid a yearly rent varying from $9 to $21. In 1870, the community received official recognition when the United States Postal Service opened an office.
Fondest memory: The Calvert Marine Museum is one of the attractions on Solomons Island that we often visit when we are down visiting our parents in Saint Mary's County. All the pictures are from one of those visits
Written Dec 11, 2010
Favorite thing: In order to get from the boardwalk into the swamp over to the lighthouse, you have to walk along by the small craft building. This 6,000-square foot building, open toward the boat basin, houses nineteen of the small craft in the museum's collections, ranging in size from a dugout canoe to the forty-five-foot draketail Penguin. In addition to photos of the various boats inside, one picture is taken from near the otter tank.
Next to the Small Boat Shed is the Small Craft Guild building. Here a group of boat enthusiasts works on selected weekday and Saturday mornings building, restoring, sailing, and rowing traditional craft indigenous to the region, all under the direction of the museum's boatwright.
Fondest memory: There are also boats in the water, and there is a small dinghy dock where one can come and visit the museum if one is anchored in Back Creek.
Updated Oct 15, 2009
Favorite thing: Solomons Island is a boating and fishing place. But my favorite thing to do there is eat. There are lots of marinas and docks and piers (inset on right) and head boats and repair facilities. And there are also lots of restaurants. It's a summer boating town.
It has nothing to do with either Salmon or the Solomons Islands in the Pacific.
Fondest memory: From the Harbor Island Marina webpage:
"The island was formerly known as Bourne's Island (about 1680), Somervell's Island (1740-1814) and Sandy Island (1827-1865). It became known as Solomons Island (1867) because of Isaac Solomon's oyster packing facilities located on the island."
"Bugeye" sailing craft were built here in the 19th century, and shipyards were developed to support the fishing fleet. Commodore Joshua Barney's flotilla sailed to Solomons to attack British vessels which invaded the Chesapeake Bay in the War of 1812.
At one time at least 550 feet separated the island from the mainland. The first causeway connecting the island to the mainland was built in 1870. Today the causeway (pictured) is only 23 feet long.
(Sorry for the quality of the second and fourth bridge photos - they were taken from a moving car albeit with someone else driving)
Updated Feb 4, 2007