Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Announces Easter Sunrise Service on Miles River

(ST. MICHAELS, MD) The public is invited to attend Easter Sunrise Service at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, which is situated on the Miles River in St. Michaels, Md.

Tolchester Beach Bandstand

Tolchester Beach Bandstand

Coordinated and led by a number of St. Michaels area churches, the service is scheduled to begin at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 27 at the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand, as shown here. Officiating this year’s service are the Reverends Mark Nestlehutt and William Wallace and Pastors Tonya McClain and Chris Petit.

From 1880 until 1962, musicians entertained summer visitors from this bandstand at Tolchester Beach, a resort town and amusement park in Kent County, MD. Constructed to attract day trippers traveling by steamboat from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Tolchester Beach was part of a golden era of nineteenth century amusement parks (with Coney Island serving as the most famous example). Like many amusement parks today, Tolchester Beach boasted a roller coaster, a penny arcade, and a shooting gallery.

Visitors could rent a bathing suit and take a dip, and enjoy an ice cream or picnic under the trees while listening to the latest tunes played on the bandstand. Today, the bandstand is one of the few structures remaining from Tolchester Beach, which was closed in 1962 and later demolished. Collection of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, MD. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Harris.

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