Saint Michaels is a port town in Maryland USA, located along Miles River. The small town covers a total area of approx 3 km2 (1,3 ml2) and has population around 1,000.
- The town is a popular tourist attraction, with high quality hotels, seafood restaurants, inns and gift shops. Tourboat cruises link the town with Annapolis across Chesapeake Bay. The for-pay public ferryboat service offered in nearby Bellevue also takes passengers across Tred Avon river to Oxford.
- Saint Michaels derives its name from an Episcopal Parish established here in 1677. The church drew settlers who engaged in shipbuilding and tobacco growing.
- The local tourist industry originates in the mid 19th century with steamboats bringing passengers from Baltimore, as well as summer guest cottages for weeklong rentals. However, tourism was not a major part of the economy until the 1970s. The opening of a maritime museum in 1965 started the impetus. A tour boat and waterfront seafood restaurant followed prior to the end of the decade.
- One of the town's main tourist attractions is Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum built on land previously occupied by a cannery and seafood packing houses. St Michaels MD is home to several historic bay ships, including Edna E.Lockwood (bugeye / locally developed sailboat used for oyster dredging) and skipjacks (traditional fishing boat used for oyster dredging).
Highlights: Charming town, Maritime Museum, Black Water Wildlife Refuge
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