Descendants of keeper visit Choptank River Lighthouse Oct. 7
CAMBRIDGE — Descendants of William Quimby Price visited the Choptank River Lighthouse Saturday, Oct. 7, in Cambridge.
Price, a Union Army veteran of the Civil War, served as the live-aboard keeper of the lighthouse between 1874 and 1881. Price served on one of the first of two screw pile-style lighthouses that guided mariners along the Choptank River.
In the years of his service, the lighthouse was located out in the middle of the Choptank River, near the mouth of the Tred Avon River. The lighthouse that stands today at Long Wharf is a replica of the second structure, which stood out in the river between 1919 and 1964. The replica was first completed in 2012.
The replica also includes a museum, which has exhibits about the original lighthouse and the area’s maritime heritage. Keepers also serve as docents of the museum and can normally share information about the lighthouse’s history, as well as giving visitors information on Dorchester County.
Price’s three time greatgranddaughter, Katie Ziadie, got in touch with the nonprofit Cambridge Lighthouse Foundation several months ago to arrange the visit. Jamie Earls, her sister, had recently begun delving into the family’s history and discovered the lighthouse connection.
“This is so special for us,” Ziadie said. “We have been looking forward to coming to see this ever since Jamie started making her discoveries.”
The family’s oral history tells of an interesting incident, as family members have been told for generations that Price’s daughter, Hattie Diggs Price Wiseman, was born on the lighthouse.
Most of the family members who visited are from South Carolina. A couple of Baltimore-based members of the family came down to join the visit as well.
Cambridge Lighthouse Foundation director Jim Duffy and volunteer Baur
Dianne Baur met with the group and helped guide the visit. The Cambridge Lighthouse Foundation gave a gift to the family of a canvas print of a photo of the Lighthouse by local photographer Jill Jasuta.
“That was such a fun and memorable visit,” Duffy said. “It was just a great experience, meeting these wonderful folks whose roots run right through our lighthouse.”
The Cambridge Lighthouse Foundation is a community nonprofit group that works to promote the lighthouse and enhance experiences it offers to visitors. The Cambridge Lighthouse Foundation organizes and supports a roster of volunteers to be on duty at the lighthouse on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and most holidays.
An array of printed visitor information also is available in the lighthouse, the majority designed by Dorchester County Tourism.
Descendants of William Quimby Price visit the Choptank River Lighthouse Saturday, Oct. 7, in Cambridge. Front row from left: Brenda Creswell, Lunn Sisk, Lewis Creswell, Joy Brown and Caroline Earls. Back row from left: Katie Ziadie, Jamie Earls, Jamie Earls, Keri Beth Howard and Molly Howard.