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Leonardtown By Land and Sea

Corbels, Crabby Rick's, and Ridge to Leonardown


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2008 Lighthouses and a Wedding in CT & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

Leonard Calvert and his settlers arrived in St. Mary's County in 1634. In 1654, some business of the county was transacted in the area known as Newton which is the present Leonardtown area. In 1708 the town was named Seymour Town or Seymourville for John Seymour, the Royal Governor.
Tri-County Abstract

Tri-County Abstract


The name was changed in 1733 to Leonardtown to honor Benedict Leonard Calvert the first Governor of Maryland. The first post office there was opened in 1792. In 1858, Leonardtown incorporated and is still the only incorporated municipality in the county. Today, Leonardtown (which has a population of 1,800+) is governed by an elected Mayor and five member Town Council, all of whom serve for two year terms.

Eating Out - August 2008

15 August 2008

Two weeks after we got back from the wedding, we went out to eat at Corbels. This restaurant just opened in a remodeled house (and it has since closed and been re-incarnated as The Front Porch).
Back of the Heron's Way Gallery in Leonardtown from the parking lot

Back of the Heron's Way Gallery in Leonardtown from the parking lot


We went this Friday for dinner. We almost couldn't get in because they wanted us to have reservations even though we got there quite early.
Corbels

Corbels

Bob on the porch

Bob on the porch


They have big banquet rooms upstairs (one of which we used in 2009 for our 50th wedding anniversary), and on one side of the entrance is a bar area, and on the other is two dining rooms separated by a pocket door. The thresholds at the front door make using a wheelchair difficult.
Corbel's dining room

Corbel's dining room


The other thing about this restaurant is that the individual items are very high priced and the servings, while attractively presented are quite small. Normally we order just a soup and salad or a salad and appetizer and so that is what we did, and we had very little food to eat.

Bob had the Sweet Corn and Crab - Creamy Corn Soup, Crab Croquette to start, and I had the
Portuguese Chowder - Fresh Fish. Rich Tomato Base, Spanish Chorizo, Idaho potatoes, Spinach, which had salmon in it in a tomato based soup - spicy. $3.75

Portuguese Chowder - Fresh Fish. Rich Tomato Base, Spanish Chorizo, Idaho potatoes, Spinach, which had salmon in it in a tomato based soup - spicy. $3.75

Which was served in a sloppy cup. Then I ordered the
$7.59 Roasted and Stuffed Chicken Breast – Stuffed with Wild Rice, Goat Cheese with Roasted Pepper and Corn Salsa appetizer

$7.59 Roasted and Stuffed Chicken Breast – Stuffed with Wild Rice, Goat Cheese with Roasted Pepper and Corn Salsa appetizer


which was tiny. Bob had the
Maryland Crab Salad – Jumbo Lump Maryland Blue Crab, Avocado, Fresh Salsa, Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette - $8.25.

Maryland Crab Salad – Jumbo Lump Maryland Blue Crab, Avocado, Fresh Salsa, Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette - $8.25.


It was also tiny.

I ate all the bread, but we were still hungry, so I had the
Fresh Berry and Cream Tart- $5.25

Fresh Berry and Cream Tart- $5.25


This was a small (but thick) pie shell with whipped cream in it and some blueberries and sliced strawberries on the top . Bob had the .
Chocolate Walnut Brownie with Ice Cream-$5.25

Chocolate Walnut Brownie with Ice Cream-$5.25


Our meal - two cups of soup, two appetizers and two desserts - was $35.78 plus tip.

If we had ordered a regular entree, one of the cheapest ones would have been the Vegetable Medley for $16.25 or the Chicken Pot Pie for $16.95. Mid range dishes were about $18.00 and included Shrimp and Grits or Pork Loin or Seafood Chowder.

The more expensive dishes included the Maryland Crab Cake which would have been $23.75 and the Beef Tenderloin at $25.00
Back of the sign - 4 Star Pizza across the street

Back of the sign - 4 Star Pizza across the street

30 August 2008

When Bob asked me whether I wanted to go out to dinner, I said yes and tried to figure out where we had not been that would be OK on Saturday night. There was a review of Crabby Rick's in the local paper, so I suggested that. Bob said he had looked for it and hadn't found it, but he had missed the fact that it was in Mechanicsville and was the former Copsey's Seafood. We had eaten here before when it was Copsey's, but it was some time ago. (And later, Crabby Rick's changed the name again)
Former Copsey's

Former Copsey's


Crabby Rick's Crab House and Restaurant: "Eat in - Take Out - or Buy and Cook
Sign out front - Mechanicsville Cup of Cream of Crab Soup $5.95 - Mechanicsville Stuffed Fish (Flounder or Rockfish - Mechanicsville Steamed Shrimp $15.95
Crabby Rick's sign

Crabby Rick's sign


When we got there, there were two doors - one to buy seafood to take home to cook and one for the restaurant.

All you can eat crabs nightly 4-8 $25.95
3 doz crabs to go
Males $75 Females $38

We went in through the restaurant door, and the sign said to seat yourself. Many of the people seemed to have tables covered with brown paper and they were eating crabs. One of the waitresses cleared off a table for us.
Inside the restaurant

Inside the restaurant


Inside the signs said: 1 doz Crabs $42.00.

We couldn't read the sign very well and thought it said $12.00, so the price of $42 was a shock.
Steamed Shrimp and crab prices

Steamed Shrimp and crab prices


The board inside also advertised specials, so I ordered the
Cream of crab soup ($5.95 for a cup)

Cream of crab soup ($5.95 for a cup)


and the stuffed rockfish dinner for $18.95. It was to come with two sides, and I ordered potato salad and a tossed salad. Bob decided to order the
Steamed shrimp- regular menu $13.95

Steamed shrimp- regular menu $13.95


He ordered cole slaw and applesauce as his sides.

My soup came and was good although I thought it a bit salty at first.

When the entrees came, the server told me that I didn't have stuffed rockfish, I had stuffed flounder which would have been $17.95.
My dinner

My dinner


We got three sides. I got Bob's coleslaw and a roll, Bob got his applesauce and my potato salad. I never got the tossed salad, which they said would have been extra. My fish (whichever it was) was good. Bob had so many shrimp that he almost couldn't finish them, and I ate some of my/his potato salad. I then had
Bread pudding  $3.50.

Bread pudding $3.50.


for dessert while Bob was still finishing his shrimp.

Our bill (which says Copsey's Seafood on it) before tip (including tax) was $47.81. So you figure out whether I had rockfish or flounder.

Sailing Up to Potomac in September

Leonardtown Wharf

Saturday 20 September 2008

We decided that since there was predicted to be a NE wind all week, it would be a perfect time to go up the Potomac to D.C. since the Potomac goes NW. We've never done this before, because before the new bridge was built, we'd have had to wait until 3 am in the morning to get the bridge opened so we could go through.

The obvious first stop would be Colonial Beach VA, but we decided to try out the new pier/dock in Leonardtown about a mile from our house.

Leonardtown held its first Waterfront Celebration on September 13th (last week), at the new Wharf complex.
10 year old map of Leonardtown

10 year old map of Leonardtown


In the past there was a bar here over the water and a fuel depot and an ice house at the bottom of the road.

Now there is a dock and bathrooms. The $5.5M public park that is under development at the Wharf will ultimately include a kayak landing. It is also hoped that one day the waterway improvement funds, which include $200,000 to help finance construction, will have piers, tie-ups and slips for boats, canoes and kayaks at the Leonardtown Wharf Public Waterfront Park

We went down there by car first to check it out, and I also called to see if we could tie up there.
Leonardtown's new Wharf sign

Leonardtown's new Wharf sign

Central compass rose

Central compass rose

We left this morning and drove down to the marina (23 miles by road),
Map of the Point Lookout Marina

Map of the Point Lookout Marina


and got on the boat,
Selfie on the boat

Selfie on the boat


cast the lines off, and with some difficulty due to an adverse wind (which carried us down the fairway almost to the breakwater), we motored out of Smith Creek to the Potomac.
Chart of Smith Creek

Chart of Smith Creek


After we were out in the river, we were motor sailing happily along with the jib and main up, and Bob decided to put up the staysail and turn off the engine.

WHAT was that terrible racket? Oh S***. Quick -- Shut off the engine. The transmission and drive shaft have come apart. We are sailing gently up the Potomac with no power.

So Bob gets down in the engine compartment and fixes it. Turn the engine back on - seems to work. Bob decided now that everything is running well, he would clean the dodger curtains.
Bob cleaning the dodger curtain

Bob cleaning the dodger curtain


As we pass St. George's Island,
2902e230-b746-11ea-823b-2bf489aafb2a.jpgHouses on St. George's Island

Houses on St. George's Island


we can see in the distance one of the St. Francis Xavier Churches (this one really is a chapel),
St Francis Xavier Chapel

St Francis Xavier Chapel


and we also pass Piney Point lighthouse
436865904213622-Signs_and_Bu..iney_Point.jpgPiney Point from the river

Piney Point from the river

Chart of Piney Point

Chart of Piney Point


and get fairly close to the Ragged Point spider.
100_6981.jpgRagged Point Spider

Ragged Point Spider


Red and white buoy

Red and white buoy

The tug Night Owl

The tug Night Owl


Then when we sail up Breton Bay we can see the St. Francis Xavier Church on Newtown Neck.
St Francis Xavier Church

St Francis Xavier Church


We couldn't pick out the Hewins' house. We pass people playing croquet
Croquet

Croquet

Breton Bay house

Breton Bay house


and the houses at the bottom of our street.
Houses at the end of Camp Calvert Rd

Houses at the end of Camp Calvert Rd

Approaching Leonardtown Wharf

Approaching Leonardtown Wharf


The guy renting kayaks helps us to tie up. Trip was 24 nm (about 27.5 statute miles).
Our boat at the Leonardtown Wharf

Our boat at the Leonardtown Wharf


A UPS truck climbs the hill to town

A UPS truck climbs the hill to town


After everything is stowed, we start to walk up the hill to town. It is a steep hill. I have to stop 4 or 5 times to catch my breath and wait for my heart to stop pounding. I took photos while I rested.
What used to be our bank and a grocery store

What used to be our bank and a grocery store


Bob waiting for me to finish climbing the hill

Bob waiting for me to finish climbing the hill


Camalier House, the stately brick home of Leonardtown attorney John A. Camalier was built in 1835.
Camalier House 2008

Camalier House 2008


John A. Camalier pleaded the case of Congressman Harris to President Andrew Johnson, who agreed that Harris had been treated unfairly. He gave Camalier a pardon for Mr. Harris and told the attorney to invite Congressman Harris to the White House for dinner that night. The unrepentant Harris refused the dinner invitation in the strongest of terms. He returned to Leonardtown and was sent back to Congress at the next election. There is a dormitory at Catholic University named after the Camaliers. Camalier House is now offices (lawyers and a CPA).

4210604-Sign_on_the_corner_Leonardtown.jpgCourthouse next to the jail

Courthouse next to the jail


The County Jail was built in 1858. It is a two-story structure which housed prisoners of all kinds, including many well known bootleggers. Among the exhibits are antiques and the original cannon from the Ark which is out front (one of two ships that the first settlers came to Maryland on - the other ship was the Dove).
Old Jail

Old Jail


The first floor was an apartment for the jailer’s family. One room is now a visitors’ center, the other displays documents from the St. Mary's County archives like original seventeenth-century deeds and a presidential appointment signed by Thomas Jefferson.

Upstairs are the three cells and a re-creation of the office of Dr. P.J. Bean, who practiced in Leonardtown for sixty-six years until the 1980s.

We had dinner at El Cerro Grande, which was one of our favorite places.
Breakfast menu for El Cerro Grande on a telephone pole

Breakfast menu for El Cerro Grande on a telephone pole

Potato taco

Potato taco


When we walked back down.
Turrets and a roof of a new house being built

Turrets and a roof of a new house being built


I didn't have to stop so many times.
Looking down the road to the water - Bob is walking ahead of me

Looking down the road to the water - Bob is walking ahead of me


I wanted to do the route for tomorrow to Colonial Beach, but the other computer hangs. We have no electricity here and using this one on the 12v system makes it cranky
RosalieAnn at the dock

RosalieAnn at the dock


This little park that the town has made on the waterfront is VERY popular. Lots of activity - people walking/strolling and some of them smooching. And also there seems to be a wireless network here. I understand from the marinas that we have booked later on, that this is the last place I will be able to get the internet, so I thought I'd better go ahead and do it.
Sign about the waterfront park

Sign about the waterfront park


I left my cane at home and also my hat and the thing that holds my glasses on. Bob has left his extra medications. So he walked all the way home and back - about 2 miles. Bob said it only took him a half hour each way to walk home from the dock in Leonardtown. Many people stopped by the boat and one of them was a lady who was from Ireland and her husband. They were worried about Bob walking home, so they got in their car and went and looked for him. But he was already almost back. He would not have bothered just for my cane and hat. He primarily wanted to get his medications
Bob getting back to RosalieAnn

Bob getting back to RosalieAnn

Sunday - 21 September 2008

Bob says we were on the bottom last night at low tide. There were a surprising number of people down at the waterfront late last night. The bathrooms were open all night. I tried to start the Toshiba and it refused to boot and would hang. I tried using the older Dell and after a little bit (I was having trouble seeing because my glasses were fogging up), I remembered that the GPS makes the cursor act crazy. So we did without the computer navigation for most of the day.

We cast off about 8:15.
Leaving Leonardtown Wharf

Leaving Leonardtown Wharf

House on shore

House on shore


It took us about a hour and a half to get back down to where we could see the lighthouse on St. Clements Island.
Blackistone (or St. Clements Island) light

Blackistone (or St. Clements Island) light

Blackistone Light and Cross

Blackistone Light and Cross

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