Chesapeake Beach: Then and Now

In the late 1890’s, Otto Mears–an independent, short-line railroad builder from Colorado–and a group of Denver associates designed Chesapeake Beach as a resort town complete with beachfront hotels, a race track, casino, bathhouses and beaches. A 1600-foot boardwalk was built over water, supporting various attractions: a band shell, a carousel, a dance pavilion, a roller coaster and many entertainment booths. A mile-long pier was built to receive passengers arriving daily by steamer from Baltimore in the summer months.

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

CBRM Main Building

Turned into a museum in 1979, the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum preserves the history of the bayside resort through audio-visual presentations, artifacts, photographs, and exhibits portraying resort life during its heyday.

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