DescriptionAbout the time of the American Revolution St. Michaels began to develop as a noted shipbuilding center. During the War of 1812, St. Michaels' militia successfully repelled two British attacks. Traditional accounts of the attack on Aug. 9, 1813, credit the townspeople with extinguishing all ground lights and hanging lanterns in treetops, causing the British to shoot over the town. Because of the event, St. Michaels earned the nickname “The Town That Fooled The British.”
Seafood and agricultural processing industries now sustain the economy, but the town's status as a commercial port seriously declined after the completion of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in 1951. Visitors are rediscovering the region's unspoiled heritage, preserved by many years of near isolation. One of the better known yachting centers on the East Coast, St. Michaels draws thousands of sailing enthusiasts each summer.
Self-guiding toursA free brochure describing a historic walking tour down streets lined with 19th-century frame houses is available throughout the town; phone (410) 745-9561.
ShoppingDowntown St. Michaels, centering on Talbot Street, boasts specialty shops offering antiques, clothing and handmade items.
Things to SeeChesapeake Bay Maritime Museum