Nature Sacred’s Sacred Place at the Annapolis Maritime Museum is the focal point for morning walks with kids and dogs, concerts, family picnics, and, at the spring equinox, the place where sailors gather from all over to burn their socks. This quirky rite of spring is just one indication of what makes this site so unique.
Located on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, where Back Creek meets the Severn River, the Sacred Place at the Annapolis Maritime Museum is a lovely spot to sit and watch the yachtsmen’s sailboats head out for the races and the watermen’s workboats head back in from their day’s work crabbing or oystering out on the Bay. The benches provide many a kayaker a place to sit and take off their shoes prior to launching off the beach to explore the surrounding waters. Surrounded by a lovely garden tended by museum volunteers, the Sacred Place lies between the museum’s two major structures: the McNasby Oyster Company Building and the Barge House.
This includes the 10,000-square-foot McNasby’s Oyster Packing Company building (the last of 27 in the county), the 600-square-foot Barge House, the Cap’n Herbie Sadler Park, a crabbing pier, two transient piers, a picnic deck, the Sadler boat exhibit, and the Maritime Café at McNasby’s. The museum has permanent and rotating exhibitions and an ongoing calendar of special events. The collection includes three vessels, including two operable dead-rise workboats, two large-scale models of the Thomas Point Lighthouse, ship models, photographs and other maritime artifacts.
There is on-site parking, bike racks, a canoe/kayak launch site, transient piers for water taxis, charter boats & visiting boaters. The Annapolis Transportation Department bus stop is a short stroll away and about a 15-minute walk from Annapolis City Dock.