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The tree-lined streets and historic buildings of Easton make it one of the most beautiful small towns in America: The Talbot County Historical Society provides maps for a walking tour. Each year Easton hosts the Waterfowl Festival (Easton Decoy Festival) featuring paintings, carvings, sculpture, decoys, crafts, and music. Proceeds support and enhance wildlife conservation throughout the bay. On a quiet side street, one of the finest regional art museums in the country, the Academy Art Museum, presents exhibits of the best quality along with classes. The first meeting of Friends (Quakers) held at the Third Haven Meeting House was in the fall ...

The tree-lined streets and historic buildings of Easton make it one of the most beautiful small towns in America: The Talbot County Historical Society provides maps for a walking tour. Each year Easton hosts the Waterfowl Festival (Easton Decoy Festival) featuring paintings, carvings, sculpture, decoys, crafts, and music. Proceeds support and enhance wildlife conservation throughout the bay. On a quiet side street, one of the finest regional art museums in the country, the Academy Art Museum, presents exhibits of the best quality along with classes. The first meeting of Friends (Quakers) held at the Third Haven Meeting House was in the fall of 1684; the open-air building — the oldest documented building in Maryland — is still in use. North of town, Pickering Creek Audubon Center is a 400-acre working farm, a partnership between Audubon Maryland-DC and the Chesapeake Audubon Society. It’s a place to learn about the environment and the unique ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay region. For three days in July, the Tuckahoe Steam & Gas Association five miles north of Easton exhibits antique agricultural machines and train equipment along with a parade, craft demonstrations, food, flea market, auction, and entertainment. Close by, the popular town of St. Michaels welcomes visitors by land and by sea. In addition to many fine restaurants and lodgings, the town's Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum features an indoor/outdoor collection of items related to commerce and trade, navigation, fisheries, and waterfowling. The museum spreads outdoors to include several historic buildings, including the Hooper Straight Lighthouse and a cannery warehouse, plus a collection of sail, power, and row boats — the largest of its kind in the world.

Joanne Miller
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Joanne Miller is the author of several Moon guidebooks, including Pennsylvania Handbook, Chesapeake Bay Handbook, and Maryland/Delaware Handbook.

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    Spring through Fall are lovely in this area.