Expedition to Calvert Cliffs
TREASURE FROM THE CLIFFS: Exploring Marine Fossils
The Paleo hall at the Calvert Marine Museum features fossils from the Miocene age -- ten to twenty million years ago -- when sea levels were higher and the ocean covered this region. A replica of a section of the famous Calvert Cliffs (pictured) is used to explain local geology. This section shows the layers with fossils in them.
Fossil Field Experience
A Saturday program for persons 8 years and older
Only $15.00 per person!
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $15/person (an adult must accompany any children and please, no children under 8)
Registration must be received the Monday
before the program to reserve a position.
The group will assemble at the museum and the program will begin at 11 a.m.
Between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., participants will utilize the paleontology hall and teaching collections to learn about the ancient Miocene sea, the formation of Calvert Cliffs, and the paleontological techniques used to uncover the evidence of life in the region which existed some 10 to 20 million years ago.
Bring a picnic lunch to eat in the museum's picnic area (or dine off-site) from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. We journey to a site at Calvert Cliffs at 1:30 p.m. (we will travel caravan-style in our individual cars).
From 2 to 4 p.m., members of the group will have a chance to put their knowledge and skills to work when they comb the beach at Calvert Cliffs in search of their own fossils. A museum interpreter will accompany your group and be available to discuss your discoveries with you and answer any questions you may have.
Wear appropriate clothing for beach combing, and bring a change of dry clothes if desired.
Special Note: While children (8 or older) can attend, they must be accompanied by a paying adult. There is a classroom lecture on the geology of the Bay and the Miocene epoch, which is not geared towards children. Please be sure of your child's interest in fossils before registering him or her.
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Cove Point Lighthouse
In 2002, my husband attempted to take one of our grandsons to visit this lighthouse, but it was gated off and not accessible. All they could do was look through the fence. The picture is from an anchorage off the Calvert County shore, taken in 2000. We also tried to take the bus from the Solomon's museum in 2005, but there was no one available to drive the bus.
"This is a stationary light on Cove Point, and elevated 40 feet above the tide. it is intended to lead vessels clear of the long low point on which it stands, close to which are seven fathoms of water. It also serves to guide vessels clear of Cedar Point, and such as are bound into the Patuxent River."
Cove Point Lighthouse was built of locally manufactured brick in 1828. It is visible for 12 miles. By August 16, 1986, Cove Point Lighthouse was officially automated. The new equipment included a fog detector to turn on the horn when visibility dropped below three miles, a lamp-changer in the lantern to change burned out lamps, and a computer to monitor everything. It is now all controlled from Baltimore.
The Calvert Marine Museum has acquired the Cove Point Lighthouse. The United States Coast Guard is still responsible for its official operation because this is still an aid-to-navigation. The museum plans to maintain the lighthouse with the intention of creating one of the countries most important maritime heritage centers.
Cove Point is a beautiful site that allows one to look back at the Calvert Cliffs, see across the Bay to the Eastern Shore, and see the LNG platform to the north, as well as maritime traffic going up and down the Bay. There is now a small observation platform that lets one look over the fence for an unhampered view.
Access will be via shuttle bus from the museum (if museum personnel are available):
1:30 pm, Monday through Friday
11:00 am and 1:30 pm on weekends
On weekends only in May and September
11:00 am and again at 1:30 pm.
The lighthouse is closed October through May
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Our Lady Star of the Sea
The Parish was founded in 1888 to serve Catholics who had come to work in the boat building and fishing industry. In those days, Solomon's Island was isolated from easy access to other churches, and the only other church (the oldest church) on the island was Methodist.
The church is at 14400 Solomons Island Road South and is visible from the Patuxent River.
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St. Peter's Episcopal Chapel
I took this picture as we were driving by in the car. This 1889 chapel is of simple wood construction, with cathedral ceiling, and is listed as a Solomon's Island attraction. I can find no other information as the link doesn't work for me. I am giving it in the hope that it will work for someone else.
It is right next to the LIghthouse restaurant and is therefore visible from both Back Creek and the Patuxent River.
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Just north of Solomons Island is a great place to wander around. This sculpture garden is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Several works are borrowed from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The garden helps to develop new local, regional, and national projects.
It's a 30 acre public sculpture park. The path wanders through the woods past several works of outdoor sculptures.
Thirteen "talking benches" are scattered throughout the gardens. They are inlaid with tiles representing plants native to southern Maryland. They are a result of a collaboration between a local artist and 100 students from Calvert County and Washington State.
They've recently built a new arts building with studios for artists as well as offering classes to the public. Artsfest is offered in September - it's the region's biggest juried arts festival. Halloween in the Garden is a trick-or-treat trail for the kids. Garen in Lights in December presents a unique holiday light show that puts famous artwork into lights such as the Mona Lisa.
The garden is open daily from 9-5. Admission is free. Park is completely wheelchair accessible. You can bring dogs as long as they are on a leash. The Garden is just off Route 4; lots of signs are there to guide you.
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