Skip to main content

MD 33: Easton to Tilghman Island

Maryland 33 Begins

The weekend after I was in Waldorf, Maryland.  The following weekend, I returned to Maryland.  This time to the Eastern Shore and for a Curling Bonspiel at the Chesapeake Curling Club in Easton.  During some downtime between matches, I took a ride out on MD 33 and also MD 579 to check out some of the islands and peninsulas that reach into the Chesapeake.

For the entire Flickr Set - head here.

It was an amazingly blustery day - and with the passage of a cold front the night before - it made for some chilly conditions especially when you are trying to take photos from an exposed position on the Chesapeake Bay!

The wind was strong enough that the sea gulls had trouble flying into the headwind!

035

If there was one thing I will remember about Maryland 33 - and Maryland 579 as well - were all of the small rural Methodist chapels.  A lot of the chapels only have service a few times a year - with many of them still advertising their Christmas service - three weeks later.

053

A lot of these rural chapels only have services a few times a year - many of these churches will share one pastor - limiting their ability to have a weekly service.

A great example is this church in the town of Sherwood - which is located on an oxbow section of old MD 33.

058

Sherwood United Methodist Church - built in 1912.  The church's next service isn't until March 11th.  The last service was a Christmas Eve Vigil.

Finally, a trip down MD 579 and in Bozman - a beautiful Methodist Church.

Bozman United Methodist Church

As you can see, the theme of this roadtrip ended up being churches.  Unfortunately, I didn't have time to walk around the charming towns of St. Michael's or Easton.  However, this is just another example of there's plenty to find and discover when your off the main highways and interstates.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Dummy Lights of New York

  A relic of the early days of motoring, dummy lights were traffic lights  that  were  placed  in the middle of a street intersection. In those early days, traffic shuffled through busy intersections with the help of a police officer who stood on top of a pedestal. As technology improved and electric traffic signals became commonplace, they were also  originally  positioned on a platform at the center of the intersection. Those traffic signals became known as  " dummy lights "  and were common until  traffic lights were moved  onto wires and poles that crossed above the intersection.  In New York State, only a handful of these dummy lights exist. The dummy lights  are found  in the Hudson Valley towns of Beacon and Croton-on-Hudson, plus there is an ongoing tug of war in Canajoharie in the Mohawk Valley, where their dummy light has been knocked down and replaced a few times. The dummy light in Canajoharie is currently out of commission, but popular demand has caused the dummy

Colorado Road (Fresno County)

Colorado Road is a rural highway located in San Joaquin Valley of western Fresno County.  Colorado Road services the city of San Joaquin in addition the unincorporated communities of Helm and Tranquility.  Colorado Road was constructed between 1910 and 1912 as a frontage road of the Hanford & Summit Lake Railway.  The roadway begins at California State Route 145 near Helm and terminates to the west at James Road in Tranquility.   Part 1; the history of Colorado Road Colorado Road was constructed as frontage road connecting the sidings of the Hanford & Summit Lake Railway.  The Hanford & Summit Lake Railway spanned from South Pacific Railroad West Side Line at Ingle junction southeast to the Coalinga Branch at Armona.  The Hanford & Summit Lake Railway broke ground during August 1910 and was complete by April 1912. The Hanford & Summit Lake Railway established numerous new sidings.  From Ingle the sidings of the line were Tranquility, Graham, San Joaquin, Caldwell, H

The Putah Creek Bridge of Monticello (former California State Route 28)

The Putah Creek Bridge was a masonry structure constructed during 1896 by Napa County to serve the community of Monticello.  The Putah Creek Bridge would be annexed into the State Highway System in 1933 when Legislative Route Number 6 was extended from Woodland Junction to Napa.  The Putah Creek Bridge was a component of the original California State Route 28 from 1934-1952.  The span briefly became part of California State Route 128 in 1953 until the highway was relocated as part of the Monticello Dam project in 1955.  Today the Putah Creek Bridge sits at the bottom of the Lake Berryessa reservoir and is accessible to divers.  Pictured as the blog cover is the Putah Creek Bridge as it was featured in the September 1950 California Highways & Public Works.   California State Route 28 can be seen crossing the Putah Creek Bridge near Monticello on the 1943 United States Geological Survey map of Copay.   The history of the Putah Creek Bridge The site of Monticello lies under the waters