Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 245 – Pete Lesher, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum campus (courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.)

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland, explores and preserves the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and makes this resource accessible to all. The museum’s collections include historic watercraft dating back to the 1860s, maritime paintings and prints, ship models, a Chesapeake region folklife collection, and a dozen historic vessels still afloat on the Chesapeake Bay.

Hooper Strait Lighthouse (courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.)

The museum is also home to Hooper Strait Lighthouse. Constructed in 1879, it was once one of the bay’s famed screwpile lighthouses. After its automation in the 1960s, the Coast Guard considered destroying the structure. With support from the Historical Society of Talbot County, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum stepped in to save the lighthouse. It was moved to shore and arrived at its final home on November 9, 1966, and it opened to the public in the following year.

Pete Lesher (courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.)

The guest in this episode, Pete Lesher, is the chief historian and ambassador at large for the museum.

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