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.

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