Captain Avery Museum
Captain Avery Museum

Sundays 1-4:00 PM
April 1-November 30
(except major holiday weekends)

Coming Events
December 4, 2016
Childrens' Holiday and Tree Trimming Party

January 14, 2017
Taste of the Yucatan

January 18, 2017
Winter Luncheon
17th Century Ships

January 21, 2017
Taste of the Yucatan

January 25, 2017
Winter Luncheon
Wild Women of Maryland

February 1, 2017
Winter Luncheon
ELF - America's oldest active racing yacht

February 8, 2017
Winter Luncheon
What did early colonists eat?

February 15, 2017
Winter Luncheon
Archaeology of the Belvoir Plantation Slave Quarter

February 22, 2017
Winter Luncheon
Voyage To A Thousand Cares and USS Constellation


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Welcome to the Captain Avery Museum and the 1859 home of Salem Avery, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn about the life and livelihood of a Chesapeake Bay waterman in the late 19th century; the fishing club that owned the home for 60 years; and the exciting ways local history and the property are being preserved today.

1418 East West Shady Side Rd., Shady Side, Maryland 20764
Gerry Robertson, Executive Director

2017 Winter Luncheon Lecture Series

January 18Andy Shaw, Shipwright, 17th Century Ships in a World Gone Modern
January 25Lauren Silberman, Author, Wild Women of Maryland: Grit and Gumption in the Free State
February 1Capt. Rick Carrion, President, Classic Yacht Restoration Guild, ELF – America’s Oldest Racing Yacht – Then and Now
February 8Dory Gean Cunningham, Colonial Foods Historian, What Did Early Colonists in the Chesapeake Region Eat and Where Did They get Their Food?
February 15Julie Schablitsky, PhD, Chief Archaeologist, Dept. of Transportation, Maryland Highway Administration, Archaelogy of the Belvoir Plantation Slave Quarter
February 22C. Herbert Gulliland, PhD, author, Voyage To A Thousand Cares: Master’s Mate Lawrence with the African Squadron, 1844-1846 and USS Constellation on the Dismal Coast: Willie Leonard’s Journal 1859-1861

Programs begin at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday,
followed by luncheons of homemade soups, specialty breads, dessert and beverages. We cannot accept walk-ins.

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In the event of snow:
We will adhere to the Anne Arundel County school cancellations. If school is cancelled for the day, so is the luncheon. If schools are delayed, the luncheon will take place as planned. Check here to see notices.

Although many Choose It opportunities were purchased at the Oyster Festival, some options still remain. You can make your purchase online. All items are donated; the proceeds directly support the Museum. Below are a few:

  • Dining options
  • Dog Herding Demonstration
  • House In Maine
  • Landscape Design
Click Here to Learn More and Make Your Selections

October 16, 2016 Oyster Festival
Click here for information

Harvesters of Light

Art Show and Sale by Muddy Creek Artists Guild

Opening Saturday, September 24 at 10 am
with Opening Reception 1-4 pm
Also open
  • Sunday, September 25 from 1-4 pm
  • Saturday, October 1 from 10 am - 4 pm
  • Sunday, October 2 from 1-4 pm
  • Sunday, October 16 from 12:30-5 pm

Painters and photographers (and some 3-D artists too)
will display their work in the Museum's Great Room Gallery.
Muddy Creek artists will be on hand with demonstrations and hands-on activities on
September 24-25 and October 1-2.

Legacy Gift Opportunities

"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have." ­ Margaret Mead

Many philanthropic-minded folks include a bequest to organizations they hold dear. If you enjoy being a member of the Captain Avery family and would like to ensure our service for future generations, we would love to hear from you. To learn more about a planned "Legacy" gift to the Captain Avery Museum, just write Gerry Robertson at or call 410.867.4486.
The things we share, we keep.

Our Sponsors
We thank these companies who provide support to the
Captain Avery Museum.

Museum:Sundays, 1 - 4 pm from April 1 through November 30, except major holiday weekends.
Library: Mondays, 12 - 3 pm, except major holiday weekends.
Outdoor Exhibits: every day, dawn to dusk
© 2016 Captain Avery Museum, Inc.            Webmaster: Steve Gauss