Exploring the Bay’s Beloved Bivalve

And its History, Culture, and Future

Thursday, September 29, at 6:30 pm

Presenter: Kate Livie

Winner of the 2015 Maryland Historical Society’s

Marion Brewington Prize for Maritime History

These humble bivalves are the living bones of the Chesapeake and the ecological and historical lifeblood of the region. When colonists first sailed these impossibly abundant shores, they described massive shoals of foot-long oysters. But the bottomless appetite of the Gilded Age and great fleets of skipjacks took their toll. Disease, environmental pressures and overconsumption decimated the population by the end of the twentieth century. While Virginia turned to bottom-leasing, passionate debate continues in Maryland among scientists and oystermen whether aquaculture or wild harvesting is the better way forward. Today, boutique oyster farming in the Bay is sustainably meeting the culinary demand of a new generation of connoisseurs- and expanding our minds and palates about how delicious Chesapeake oysters can be. With careful research and interviews with experts, author Kate Livie presents this dynamic story and a glimpse of what the future may hold.  Signed books will be available for sale.

Lecture Program: $5, Members Free

Pre-registration required.


Guided Bird Walk

Sunday, October 23rd, 10am – 12noon

Presented by Ken Drier, Cecil County Bird Club


Please join us Sunday, October 23rd for a guided bird walk, along Mount Harmon’s scenic nature trails.  Bring your binoculars and good walking shoes, and come enjoy some of the region’s procession of residential and migrating birds this fall!

Guided Bird Walk: $10, Members Free

Pre-registration required.

Hearth Cooking Workshop

Sunday, November 6, 1pm – 3pm


Learn how to cook over the hearth, with colonial food-ways expert Gerry Scarfe on Sunday, November 6, from 1pm – 3pm, and then enjoy the fruits of your labor.  Space limited to 10, so reserve your spot early to enjoy this wonderful program.

Program Cost: $25

Reservations required.

Colonial Holiday Craft Making

Sunday, November 20, 1pm – 3pm


Join us for this fun and hands-on colonial holiday craft-making workshop.  Great for families and children of all ages. The hand-made colonial holiday crafts are great for Christmas gift giving.

Program Cost: $10

Registration Required.    410-275-8819

Mount Harmon, 600 Mount Harmon Road, Earleville, MD 21919