Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay

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Bay at Sunset by boat

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Smith Island is an island on the Chesapeake Bay. For the past 150 years, the island has been shrinking due to erosion and low elevation. It's now just 9.2 square miles and has a population of 267 people. 

Smith Island has no airport and no bridges. You can only access the island by boat.  The boat trip takes 50 minutes and we'll see all kinds of wildlife along the way!

The island has a fascinating history! It was inhabited by British settlers in the 17th century and the current residents still have speech patterns similar to the original colonial settlers. 

Yesterday, I called one of the local boat captains to make arrangements for my families visit. His accent wasn't exactly British so I looked it up and discovered his ancestors came from Wales. The dialect is similar to Ocracoke Brogue and is so distinct and unusual! 

Smith Island is famous for it's Smith Island cake which consists of 8-15 layers of cake filled with creme, frosting, icing or crushed candy. I'll give a full report once I get back from this adventure!

Here are a few links to interesting places to visit on Maryland's eastern shore.


The Harriet Tubman Museum

Assateague Island

Blackwater Wildlife Refuge



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Comments (1)

Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Enjoy the trip. Can't wait to hear about the cake!

Jun 28, 2018 09:44 AM