Trains, Champagne and the Urbane

From 1900 until 1930, Chesapeake Beach was a thriving independent community. People would mainly come for day trips by railway and steamboats like “The Dixie” and “The Dreamland.” Only 32 miles from Washington, D.C., those with more leisure time would flock to Chesapeake Beach for the cool breezes and salt water. Overnight visitors stayed in the luxurious Belvedere Hotel, which was built in 1900. On the adjacent boardwalk, one could find a bandstand, performing bears, games of chance, a carousel, casino, theaters and many restaurants.

The museum opens for the season on March 17. Private viewings by appointment.

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