Rock Hall, Maryland - South's Best Small Towns - Southern Living - Known as the “Pearl of the Chesapeake,” Rock Hall sits directly on the upper eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay, offering the quintessential Bay experience. Working fishing boats and pleasure cruisers fill the harbor; steamed crab is available everywhere; and you can even watch regattas just beyond the harbor.
Blue Crab: Such classic American dishes as crab imperial and crab Louis are best with blue crab (or its close cousin, the blue swimmer crab from the Pacific Rim). The Chesapeake Bay is famous for its blue crabs, although demand now outstrips supply. In that region, the crabs are typically steamed with vinegar and Old Bay seasoning, then cracked with mallets and slurped with melted butter. Soft-shell crabs are blues that have just shed their hard shell and not yet grown a new one.
Anybody who lives around the Chesapeake knows that part of the appeal of steamed crabs and shrimp is their distinctive spicy scent and flavor. It comes mostly from a highly aromatic herb-spice mixture that’s been popular here for decades. The best known brand is called Old Bay, and it is pungent with celery salt, dry...Read More »
City of Richmond replica Handmade by my Husband's Grandfather, John Norris. City of Richmond was part of the Old Bay Line fleet of Steam Passenger Ships that would travel from Baltimore to Norfolk along the Chesapeake. He recently took it to a PBS TV Show, Chesapeake Collectibles and will be aired in an episode in 2017