Linda and Paul Makosky hosted me in their delightful home along Barrett Cove, just outside of St. Michaels, Maryland. Both have travelled widely, and (because of Paul's work) spent more than 20 years living in countries as varied as Pakistan and Malaysia before moving to the Eastern Shore. Linda is a member of the Talbot County Planning Commission, who also joined me in a tour of the county with planning director George Kinney.
Before dinner, Paul and LInda showed me around St. Michaels, one of the four towns in Talbot County. St. Michaels is on the water, and heavily influenced by it. While only a remnant of the once thriving commercial maritime activity remains, the area's history is still palpable.
This was actually a good thing. Local residents had placed lanterns on the top of trees and also on the masts of ships to trick the British about the elevation of the town.
It worked -- except for the Cannonball House.
Here are a couple of other images of St. Michaels. Many small historic homes remain along the narrow streets: