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Mission Statement

Preserving the history of the waterman and hunter.

Description

This unique museum preserves and interprets the heritage of both the commercial and recreational hunter of the Upper Chesapeake Bay. This is the site of the famed Susquehanna Flats, a hunting paradise that has attracted many famous people, including J.P. Morgan and Grover Cleveland.

Wildfowl hunting was once primarily a commercial activity that, along with other maritime industries and commerce, helped support the communities that grew around the Bay. Today such hunting is done on a recreational basis exclusively.

Located in two spacious buildings at the head of the North East River, the Upper Bay Museum houses an extensive collection of hunting, boating, and fishing artifacts native to the area. The history of waterfowl hunting is brought to life through exhibits as diverse as outlawed gunning rigs and skillfully carved decoys.

Decoys have evolved over the years into a fine art form, popular in many areas where waterfowl hunting has been done for years. The Upper Bay Museum displays a comprehensive collection of Susquehanna Flats working decoys, including a rare swan decoy.

Bay boating and fishing can also be traced here. The Museum's collection of antique marine engines is the finest in the nation, and a fine exhibit of mahogany miniatures depicts the vessels that are an important part of Upper Bay heritage.

Each fall the Museum sponsors a popular decoy show featuring artist demonstrations, competitions, displays, and auctions.

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http://upperbaymuseum.org

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