Record Observer

Romance bloomed at Love Point Hotel

- Excerpt from Secrets of the Eastern Shore, author Jim Duffy, Feb. 2019. Find him at his blog site https:// www.secretsoft­heeasterns­hore.com/ Brent Lewis’s book, Rememberin­g Kent Island, can be found in regional bookstores and on Amazon.

Have you ever heard of the old Love Point Hotel? Set on the northernmo­st tip of Kent Island, along today’s Route 18 (or Love Point Road), it was romantic as all get out, with sandy beaches, elegant porches, and long, lovely lanes perfect for strolling hand in hand, as you can see from the photos here and below.

It opened in the early years of the 1900s, when ferries and steamboats were docking right nearby. Love Point quickly became a popular place with couples enjoying a getaway from Baltimore. The romance of the place was even celebrated in a poem from those days named after the hotel:

Here comes the steamer, the lovers are here,

Jack with his daisy and John with his dear;

Soft crabs for dinner and oh, what a dream,

Peachcake for supper, and then the ice-cream!

Red roses fair on her cheeks of rose-red,

And these are the words that her true lover said:

“Good-by to the city,

To Love Point away;

The wind’s on the water,

The boat’s on the bay! From toil and from trouble Lightheart­ed we’ll glide, With lunch in a basket,

A girl at my side!”

The author of that poem was Folger Mckinsey, who grew up on the Eastern Shore in Elkton, Md. and ended up working for forty-some years at the Baltimore Sun as a reporter, columnist, and “staff poet” — really, they had such a title in the newsroom back then.

To give you a little more flavor for the romance of the place, here is what the writer Brent Lewis has to say in his book, Rememberin­g Kent Island,” about one of the regular weekend festivitie­s held at Love Point.

Those Saturday night dances were magical for visitors and locals alike. The luxurious dining room would be transforme­d from a space that sustained the body to one that nourished the soul. An orchestra would strike up and beautiful music would waft across the water on gentle bay breezes. It’s easy to imagine the romance of those nights and the love affairs that were kindled there.

The glory days of Love Point were kind of short-lived, alas. Business took a big hit when the ferry service on Kent Island was relocated to Matapeake in the 1930s. A few years after that, steamships stopped coming in as well.

The hotel closed in 1947. It sat vacant for a couple of decades before burning to the ground in the 1960s.

ST. MICHAELS — The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels will host a virtual Volunteer Fair on Feb. 23 to introduce potential new volunteers to various in-person and at-home opportunit­ies now available.

Volunteer roles are based on current CBMM needs and designed to align with individual interests and experience­s.

“Our volunteers are such valued team members at CBMM,” said CBMM’S Volunteer & Education Coordinato­r Concetta Gibson. “Whether helping with public history, science communicat­ion, exhibition­s, gardening, boatbuildi­ng, behind-the-scenes tasks, or in any of our countless other roles, there are opportunit­ies for adults with all kinds of expertise and interests to get involved with us.”

It’s great to see how much joy our volunteers get and bring to others while sharing their time and skills with the community,” Gibson said.

The Volunteer Fair will be held via Zoom starting at 10 a.m. and will give prospectiv­e volunteers a chance to mix and mingle with current volunteers and staff.

Anyone interested in supporting CBMM’S mission of exploring and sharing Chesapeake Bay histor y, culture, and environmen­t is encouraged to visit bit.ly/ Cbmmvolunt­eerfair or email cgibson@cbmm.org to register.

After the Volunteer Fair, both new and existing CBMM volunteers are encouraged to learn more about the history and environmen­t of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as techniques for welcoming and guiding guests to campus, through a series of spring trainings, held from March to May.

 ??  ?? Background, the Love Point Hotel, below the caption reads, “Fine hotel, isn’t it?”.
Background, the Love Point Hotel, below the caption reads, “Fine hotel, isn’t it?”.
 ??  ?? The dining room at the Love Point Hotel in Stevensvil­le circa early 1900s.
The dining room at the Love Point Hotel in Stevensvil­le circa early 1900s.
 ?? PHOTO BY GEORGE SASS ?? Join the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Feb. 23 for a virtual Volunteer Fair to learn about both at-home and in-person volunteer opportunit­ies. For additional details and to register, visit bit.ly/cbmmvolunt­eerfair or email cgibson@cbmm.org.
PHOTO BY GEORGE SASS Join the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Feb. 23 for a virtual Volunteer Fair to learn about both at-home and in-person volunteer opportunit­ies. For additional details and to register, visit bit.ly/cbmmvolunt­eerfair or email cgibson@cbmm.org.

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