April 1, 2014
History by Land and by Water
To celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, the Division of Natural Resources and Battle Creek Nature Education Society are holding two April events at Kings Landing Park in Huntingtown.
Participants will join park naturalists and historians for a lecture, a short hike and a kayak trip and explore the impact of the war on the Patuxent River waterfront. Local history will be put into context with the backdrop of the war as a whole on both a national and global scale.
The Chesapeake Campaign: The War of 1812 from Land and Water
16 years to adult; Wisner Hall, Kings Landing Park
Join us for one or both of these programs to learn about the impact of the War of 1812 on both a local and global level. The programs include a land-based lecture and on-the-water experiences. Lunch will be provided. You can bring your own kayak or rent one of ours.
There is no fee for these programs as they are supported by a grant from Patuxent River Appreciation Days (PRAD). Kayak rental costs, per person: $15 for BCNES members; $30 for nonmembers. More information, including online registration, is available at http://www.calvertparks.org/calendar.html.
• Sunday, April 13, 12:00-4:00 pm. Speaker: Ben Krause
Ben Krause, a military history scholar will discuss the effects of the War of 1812 on the Calvert County riverfront. After a brief lecture, we will enjoy a casual paddle in nearby creeks.
• Saturday, April 19, 12:00-4:00 pm. Speaker: Ralph Eshelman
Dr. Eshelman will discuss his research, “Vestiges of the War of 1812 in Maryland.” Copies of his recent book “In Full Glory Reflected: Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake” will available for sale. The kayak trip will be to the Holland Cliff battle site. This will be a moderately strenuous 3-mile journey on the river; paddling experience required.
During the summer of 1814, British and American naval forces moved along the Patuxent River, passing by the land that now makes up Kings Landing Park. There were frequent engagements between the two fleets, as well as numerous land-based skirmishes.
“This this is an opportunity to learn about the natural, cultural and historical facets of Calvert County and life along the Patuxent River, including the War of 1812,” said Natural Resources Division Chief Karyn Molines.