In 1879, a Baltimore company called A.P. Lloyd worked up a travel guide for boaters and travelers called The Chesapeake Illustrated. Below is what they had to say about one famous old-time destination, Tolchester Beach in Kent County, Maryland. And below that are some photos of how things looked at Tolchester back in the day.
TOLCHESTER BEACH, THE NEAREST and probably the most popular of all the “Up Bay,” or more properly speaking “Across the Bay” resorts, is situated on the Eastern shore, and nearly opposite the mouth of the Patapsco.
It is about 25 miles from Baltimore, and through the summer is reached twice daily by the Steamer Pilot Boy. The principal attraction at Tolchester is the excellent bathing beach. The western winds which prevail in the summer blowing over an expanse of 20 miles of salt water, and excellent perch fishing are Nature’s contributions to Tolchester.
A large new dining-room and restaurant with piazzas 130 feet long, commanding a fine view of the bay, has been erected. Several large pavilions prettily located in woods and on the bluffs, rustic bridges, shooting galleries and ten-pin alleys, and above all, gentlemanly and self-respecting people in charge of all departments, combine to render this trip one of the most delightful leaving Baltimore.
Special conveniences are arranged for ladies and children, while the attractions for the younger generation are all amply provided by the proprietor, Mr. W. C. Eliason. The management is to be congratulated on the select excursion parties that daily visit their attractive retreat.
Here are those photos I promised:
–posted by Jim Duffy on Aug. 24, 2018
Love seeing this and sure wished it remained. It is one of the most amazing places. Gone too soon
Love seeing this. I have a vague memory of it.
I remember as a child visiting Tolchester not by steamer but by car from lower Delaware, was one of the highlights of the summer having a picnic and riding the rides. I really miss it, I have a vague memory of it, so long ago. Truly “the good old days”.
Thank you. Wonderful job.