September 20th, 2011
If you’ve ever driven through Charlestown, Maryland, perhaps you slowed down a bit to catch this magical microcosm of American history. Your eye may have been caught by the picket fence fronting the double-galleried porch of the “Indian Queen Tavern.” Or perhaps your curiosity was piqued by the more modest Red Lyon Tavern, located right next door. As you drove through this little waterfront town, maybe you admired the lovely historical homes along the coastline and wondered what life was like way back when…
Imagine then, the horses and stage coaches of the past clip-clopping along this Old Post Road, halfway on their journey between Baltimore and Philadelphia. Visitors would disembark into the taverns for a warm bed and a satisfying drink of ale by the fire. One of those travelers was certainly George Washington, for he recorded such visits in his own diaries. Charlestown was a thriving colonial town, a major port and the county seat.
The history behind these buildings and others in colonial Charlestown will be revealed in a talk given by local historian Audrey Edwards at the North East Branch Library on Tues. Sept. 27th at 6:30pm. Please call 410-996-6269 to register. Ms. Edwards will discuss ghosts and secrets of the past, found in remnants of an era long gone: old leather shoes, chalkboards from a schoolhouse, tankards from a tavern, and many other artifacts she has unearthed. Step back in time to this fascinating little town, Charlestown, and relive a bit of American history!
Which Cecil County town is your favorite for its history?