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What's under your feet?

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 24, 2019
1. What's under your feet? Marker
Inscription.  If you could drill down and pull up a sample, oyster shells would be up to 10 feet deep in some places. But that wasn't always the case. Two hundred years ago you would have been standing on low marshy land. As industries like oyster shucking houses, a sawmill, a cannery, and crab picking houses developed here at Navy Point, they needed more land to expand. How did they create it? By filling in the marsh and harbor with discarded oyster shells.

The area where the Crab Claw Restaurant stands was one of the first parts of Navy Point to be built up with oyster shells. Founded as the Eastern Shore Crab Company, the business shucked and sold the local soft-shell (steamer) clams. It expanded in 1966, when owner Bill Jones turned it into a restaurant, shortly after the museum was founded next door. The restaurant, a St. Michaels landmark, is still owned by the family.

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The Crab Claw Restaurant, as pictured to the left, was originally built over the Eastern Shore Clam Company.

Above: Oyster shells, byproducts from Navy Point's shucking houses, are piled on the site where the Crab Claw Restaurant
What's under your feet? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 24, 2019
2. What's under your feet? Marker
stands today.

Left: Navy Point was much smaller in 1877.

 
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
 
Location. 38° 47.235′ N, 76° 13.237′ W. Marker is in St. Michaels, Maryland, in Talbot County. Marker is at the intersection of Mill Street and Burns Street, on the right when traveling west on Mill Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 304 Mill Street, Saint Michaels MD 21663, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Freedom's Figurehead (here, next to this marker); Deflecting the Enemy (here, next to this marker); War in the Chesapeake (here, next to this marker); Oystering on the Chesapeake (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Freedom's Figurehead (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); Navy Point Historic Houses (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Navy Point Historic Houses (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); Lost Overboard (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Michaels.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 25, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 25, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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