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1986–1989. 14200 Solomons Island Rd.
  • (Photograph by Todd Croteau, HAER)
  • (Photograph by Todd Croteau, HAER)
  • (Photograph by Todd Croteau, HAER)

Founded in 1970 by the Calvert County Historical Society, the museum originally placed its exhibits in temporary quarters. During the 1970s the Drum Point Lighthouse, Wm. B. Tennison bugeye (a flat-bottomed sailboat developed in the nineteenth century for Chesapeake Bay oyster dredging), and the J. C. Lore Oyster House were all added to the collection and management transferred to the county. The museum property includes other small craft in outdoor displays and the adjacent 1925 Solomons Schoolhouse, currently used as administrative offices. The main exhibition building opened in 1989 and was renovated in 2014.


Dodds, Richard J., and Robert J. Hurry. “It Ain’t Like It Was Then”: The Seafood Packing Industry of Southern Maryland. Solomons, MD: Calvert Marine Museum, 2006.

Eshelman, Ralph, “J. C. Lore Oyster House,” Calvert County, Maryland. National Historic Landmark Nomination Form 1993. National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

Johnson, Paula J., ed. Working the Water: The Commercial Fisheries of Maryland’s Patuxent River. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1988.

Writing Credits

Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie



  • 1986


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Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie, "CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM", [Solomons, Maryland], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Maryland, Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2022, 39-39.

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