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Eastport in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Welcome to Eastport

 
 
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By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
1. Welcome to Eastport Marker
Inscription. Eastport's distinctive history, character and identity grew from maritime roots. The marinas that now serve pleasure boaters were once filled with wooden workboats. So crowded was the shoreline, it was said that an enterprising cat could flit from boat to boat and skirt the entire peninsula without getting its feet wet. Once a separate town, Eastport was annexed to Annapolis in 1951. Nevertheless, it retains a distinct local flavor and spirit. We invite you to explore Eastport's rich, diverse history through the 14 stops on this self-guided tour. Text with lower-left photo: The popular yellow flags with the motto "We like it this way" flew first in 1998. To offset the potential loss to businesses from a temporary bridge closure, the community created the mock "Maritime Republic of Eastport" and declared independence from Annapolis.

The McNasby Oyster Company

The McNasby Oyster Company moved here from Annapolis City Dock in 1919. This is the last of many oyster-packing houses in Annapolis. Here, watermen sold their harvest. The oysters were shucked, sorted, cleaned, packed into cans and shipped to restaurants as far away as Canada.

After William "Mac" MacNasby died in the early 1970s, others tried unsuccessfully to revive the oyster business. Later, the oyster and crab populations declined
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By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
2. The McNasby Oyster Company
Closeup of the McNasby Oyster Company section of the marker.
and business efforts ceased. The building is now the home of the Annapolis Maritime Museum.

Text with upper left photo: The McNasby building was flooded by Hurrican Isabel's 8-foot tidal surge in 2003.

Text with lower left photo: "Mac" McNasby (in hat) and Lyle Smith skimmed and cleaned shucked oysters before packing them in cans.

Text with main photo: Shuckers in the 1920s were mainly African-American. They worked all day standing in individual stalls to protect their feet from the oyster shells that piled up around them.

The Barge House

This narrow, 12-foot by 49-foot house is unique by any architectural standard. Winson Gott built it between 1916 and 1919 for the McNasby Oyster Company. It was designed to float on a barge in the summer and then be hauled onshore during the oyster season to serve as housing for the oyster shuckers. After the hurricane of 1933, the house was secured on its permanent foundation. No trace of the original barge remains.

The Barge House is listed as a State Historic Building. In 1991, it became the first home of the Annapolis Maritime Museum, and now serves as the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Interpretive Center.

Text with upper left photo: A crew of volunteers helped restore the Barge House. Mayer Ellen O. Moyer (center) officially reopened the Barge House in October,
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By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
3. The Barge House
Closeup of the Barge House section of the marker.
2005.

Text with main photo: The Barge House was heavily flooded by Hurricane Isabel in 2003. This traditional Chesapeake Bay workboat in the foreground was damaged as well. Can you find it now?
 
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, Annapolis Maritime Museum, Four Rivers Garden Club.
 
Location. 38° 58.144′ N, 76° 28.601′ W. Marker is in Eastport, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is at the intersection of Second Street and Bay Shore Avenue, on the left when traveling south on Second Street. Touch for map. Marker is about 50 feet south of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21403, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Maritime Tradition Lives On (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eastport's Soul (about 700 feet away); The Watermen of Back Creek (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Fort at Horn Point (approx. 0.3 miles away); Murphy's Row (approx. 0.3 miles away); Three Great Boat Yards, One Location (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Glass Works (approx. 0.3 miles away); Eastport's Oldest House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eastport.
 
Also see . . .  Annapolis Maritime Museum
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By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
4. Welcome to Eastport Marker
. (Submitted on March 2, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.)
 
Categories. African AmericansIndustry & CommercePolitical SubdivisionsSettlements & Settlers
 
The McNasby Oyster Company image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
5. The McNasby Oyster Company
Now home of the Annapolis Maritime Museum.
The Barge House image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
6. The Barge House
Now home of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Interpretive Center.
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By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
7. Back Creek
View of Back Creek from the Annapolis Maritime Museum.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 2, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 941 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 2, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.
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