Historic Goshen Farm: A hidden gem no more 

In 2006, several neighbors in Cape St. Claire, a community on the Broadneck peninsula near Annapolis, found an undiscovered Temple of the Mayans. Okay, they didn’t really, but it felt that way. It was a recently vacated and historic home from the 18th century – right behind their children’s elementary school, hidden behind a long layer of trees and random undergrowth.

What is this?

None of them knew each other, but they had this amazing discovery as a shared experience. They stared in awe at this home that time forgot. Who had lived here and why was it empty? It was unlocked, in near perfect condition, with original architecture everywhere: windows, stairwells, fireplace mantels, period interior construction and a stucco finish which covered up the ancient bones.

Vandals!

To their dismay, as the weeks went by, the home was slowly but deliberately attacked. Teenagers wreaked havoc on the place, literally beating it to death. Many of them were caught, often red handed with their weapons of mayhem, spray paint and beer. It was a slow train wreck.

Feeling helpless, this group of neighbors who lived just blocks away started patrolling the grounds of the property, hoping to stop the invaders. They found a tall chain link fence in the north of the county, which was listed for free, and then requested the help of a local company to install it. The fence was long enough to encircle the house and the small dairy barn next to it. Over time, they had to cover the spray paint, board up the broken windows and enclose the porch. The vandalism started to decrease and after a while it stopped altogether.

Let’s do this!

Now what? A committee that had formed on-the-fly got organized. More people joined the cause. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation was created and volunteer positions were filled. A website was built. The grounds were mowed. A history was painstakingly researched and documented. Security cameras were added. Things took off from there.

Today, Historic Goshen Farm is a premier destination for educational programs. Committees of volunteers provide tours of this wonderfully preserved farming artifact from the early years of Anne Arundel County. The restoration is still a work in progress and there is much to do, but this farm is a beautiful place to behold with every visit.

Walk the grounds with your best friend

If you live nearby, you may visit to attend musical or educational events and walk your dog. When anyone becomes a member of the Goshen Farm Preservation Society Inc. for a small fee, the world opens: you may lease one or more 10×10’ garden plots, volunteer for fun events, join committees and walk the property as an insured member.

What is the best activity at Historic Goshen Farm? While it is hard to pick, your four-legged best friends would tell you if they could: It is the dog walking on the soft green fields that surround the main house. No contest. Rain or shine, cloudy or sunny, Historic Goshen Farm will never disappoint you, your family or your furry buddy.

In the Capital Gazette newspaper

Historic Goshen Farm has enjoyed the support of our local newspaper for many years.

July 2021, Jeff Holland: Strolling by historic garden at Goshen Farm on Broadneck peninsula

April 2015, Communal gardening a growing trend

September 2014, Around Broadneck: Despite warm community support, Goshen Farm remains target of vandals

October 2013, Around Broadneck: Historical Goshen Farm preserves history for future generations

February 2007, Officer catches young vandals damaging historic farmhouse


Greenbury Point Esprit De Corps

Greenbury Point Conservation Area is on an Annapolis area peninsula owned by the Navy with breathtaking views of the Severn River and Chesapeake Bay. It is a popular walking, biking and birding location for local military and civilian visitors. For most of the 20th century, the area was used to communicate with the U.S. fleet around the world. Today, three of the original nineteen communication towers remain on the property, and the majority of the peninsula is now a conservation area open to the public when not in use for Naval Academy training.

Recently, the Greenbury Point Conservation Area has been threatened by a development plan. Please help us to #savegreenburypoint and join Save Greenbury Point on Facebook.

As of June 1, 2022, the Greenbury Point Peace prints and imprinted products are an approved fundraiser to support the Chesapeake Conservancy and Severn River Association in their fight to #savegreenburypoint from becoming a second Navy golf course. Click on the images below or visit Harvester Artwork to see the prints and products.

***Please note: The images on this website show a watermark “fine art america” to protect copyright online and this watermark will not appear on the purchased print or product.***

“Greenbury Point Peace” Esprit De Corps

“Greenbury Point Peace” without text

A dog walk haven at Ferry Point Park

The Chesapeake Heritage & Visitor Center and Ferry Point Park are located at 425 Piney Narrows Rd Chester, MD (Kent Narrows). This a good place for a dog walk and/or bag lunch if you are driving through or visiting Kent Island. As is the case with similar parks on Kent Island, such as Terrapin Park on the Bay, there is no fishing, coolers, alcohol or swimming allowed. The visitor center has art exhibits and a lot of great info about the area.


Jonas Green Park

Officially known as Jonas and Anne Catharine Green Park, this small but important park on the Severn River features a picnic area, a fishing pier and a beach for kayak and canoe boat launching. This little park has big views: the U.S. Naval Academy, Naval Academy Bridge and the Severn River Bridge. It sits next to the Severn River Inn, a popular and pricey restaurant, and rates as one of the best land views for the annual Blue Angels show during commissioning week in May at the U.S. Naval Academy.

See Jonas Green Park: A Hidden Gem from Visit Annapolis.

Hiking, Biking and Benches: Bacon Ridge

Bacon Ridge Phase 3 trail area: Video above features hiking on the paths, some bikers and a bench with an elevated overlook.

From AA County: Bacon Ridge Natural Area in the South River Greenway is 630 acres of permanently protected land through a conservation easement between Anne Arundel County, Maryland Environmental Trust, and Scenic Rivers Land Trust.

From AllTrails: Get to know this 5.9-mile loop trail near Crownsville, Maryland. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 2 h 21 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking, mountain biking, and trail running, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.

Hunting with a permit is also available in season.


Greenbury Point Conservation Area: I love the Navy

Many of us have a soft spot in our heart for the United States Navy. Personally, I come from a Navy family, not to the extent of others I know, but it is a legacy just the same. My grandfather on my father’s side was a Navy man who fought in WWII as a marine engineer, piloting landing craft in the Battle of Saipan. My father joined when he was 17. His cousin graduated from the Academy. An uncle on each side of my immediate family served. Three of my cousins served. I didn’t sign up, but as a kid growing up in Annapolis, I played multiple sports in youth programs at the Academy and at the Naval Station (as it was called then). Today, I enjoy watching rugby games at the new Greenbury Point fields – cheering on when they crush their opponents with superior fitness and skills. It should go without saying that I am supportive of the Academy golf program, and even played a round on the current course when I was invited by a neighbor (but, keep reading). And who doesn’t think the Blue Angels are an inspiring sight for families every year?

So, there it is. I love the Navy. They protect us and without them, there would not be freedom for our nation. If the Naval Academy was not in Annapolis, our capital would be a sleepy colonial Maryland town that comes alive each year for three months with state business.

This whole Greenbury Point Conservation Area issue is simply a Naval Academy Golf Association plan that doesn’t float. It doesn’t work, for all the reasons already discussed in the press and on social media and there is no point in listing them here once again. The conservation area should not be replaced with a second Navy golf course of any size, period.

What does work, instead of a second golf course, is taking what is already a long-established nature preserve and making it better. The conservation area is already the complete package: Protected by Federal and State laws, widely used for outdoor recreation, has park benches set all along the expansive shoreline, has a Nature Center that explains the wild ecology all over the Point, and the preserve currently has the quiet and loyal support of thousands of civilians and military personnel from all walks of life and ranks.

What’s next for Greenbury Point Conservation Area? All it takes is some imagination and very little budget to support this wild refuge: minimal landscaping and grass cutting to keep the ticks away from the park benches, a graded access road and trails to keep them puddle free, and perhaps a little more appreciation and protection by all the levers of government, County, State and Federal. A few observation towers would be nice but are not essential to enjoy the wide and breathtaking views of the Chesapeake Bay and Annapolis.

Let’s please turn the page on this issue and march in unison into the future, so all our families can simply enjoy nature’s bounty here in Annapolis.

Video and photos credit: Mike Robinson

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