Rock Hall in Kent County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Attracted By Bounty
A Working Waterfront
Called waterman, people who comb the Bay for the “daily catch” harvest an array of seafood species that changes with the seasons. A waterman may bring in blue crabs in the summer, oysters in the fall, and striped bass or perch in the winter months. Springtime offers eels, catfish, yellow perch, and soft shell claims. Many waterman families have been in Chesapeake Bay’s seafood industry for several generations.
To Learn More
To learn more about the history of the local fishing industry, visit the Waterman’s Museum. The Rock Hall Museum offers artifacts from more than a century of life in this fishing village. The Town Office is your best source for information on museums and other attractions.
A Dwindling Resource
As the health of the Bay weakened over the last half of the 20th century, making a living on the water became increasingly difficult.
Rock Hall’s annual Waterman’s Day is a Fourth of July tradition celebrating the men and women who make their living from local waters.
Tools of the Trade
(Inscription below the photo in the upper center)
Above, a pound net is a fish trap where fish are caught and kept alive until dipped out by a waterman and sorted for market. Image courtesy Bernadette Van Pelt.br> (Inscription below and beside the photos in the upper right)
Above, crab pots are baited traps that allow the crabs to crawl right in! Most crab pots are designed to let small crabs escape. Image courtesy iStockphoto. Shown on the left, oyster tongs are used to rake the oysters into a pile and then scoop them up. The handles, or shafts, are 16-28 feet long, depending on the depth of the water. Image courtesy Skip Brown.
Erected by Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 39° 8.1′ N, 76° 14.883′ W. Marker is in Rock Hall, Maryland, Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rock Hall MD 21661, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Right Place, Right Time (here, next to this marker); Bounty Below (within shouting distance of this marker); Rock Hall Landing (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Diversion (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rock Hall, Maryland (approx. 0.7 miles away); Gratitude (approx. 0.7 miles away); Captain Lambert Wickes (approx. ¾ mile away); Stanley B. Vansant Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rock Hall.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 349 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 2, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.