Sandy Point State Park

Sandy Point Mansion

Welcome, everyone! Today we have a look at an 18th century styled mansion that was actually built in 1815 for a prominently connected gentleman named John Gibson. Gibson was a relative of Samuel Ogle, Proprietory Governor of Maryland in 1731 - 1732. This Georgian house is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Commonly known as the Sandy Point Mansion, this two-story structure with two wings was once an elite farm house.

As you walk west from the shoreline of this beach shown in a previous post, you encounter this rear view of the house, approximately 300 yards from the water's edge.

Sandy Point Mansion - Rear View
Sandy Point Mansion - Rear View

The interior of the grand old house is closed to the public currently as a 3-year renovation project is underway, hence the ladder on the roof.

Below we have the view from the front of the house under a rapidly transitioning sky. Storms had been in the area during the overnight but this summer morning was a hazy, hot and humid affair.

Sandy Point Mansion - Front View
Sandy Point Mansion - Front View

Zooming in to the front entrance provides the view below.

Front Entrance to the Sandy Point Mansion
Front Entrance to the Sandy Point Mansion

According to one of the Park Rangers, this house will eventually be opened to the public after restoration. The process is a lengthy one since everything has to be recreated by hand using similar tools from the time of it's construction. For instance, there are no nails in the flooring, only hand made dowels.

Needless to say, I can hardly wait to get inside.

Thank you for stopping by.

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At The Beach

Ahh, the beauty of Summertime. We so look forward to the great outdoors and all it has to offer during this time of year. Amusement Parks, beaches, fishing and all sorts of activities help us to create great memories to look back upon. In this post we visit Sandy Point State Park on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The scene is early morning and the sun has well cleared the horizon, turning the lighting intensity toward harsh but manageable.

The beach and shoreline here is somewhat long so there is plenty of room for folks to spread out.

At The Beach
At The Beach

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Surf Fishing has been setup along this section, while swimmers and picnics have set up camp further away.

Serving as a backdrop is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, a nearly 5-mile structure that spans the western and eastern shores of the bay.

Sandy Point was once the site of a ferry service back in the early 1900's, taking passengers, cargo and the few autos of the day across the bay to the eastern shore. As you may imagine, there is a lot of history associated with this area and we will cover other aspects of that in future posts.

Thanks so much for visiting!

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