Solomons Island History


Solomons Island was first established in 1867 and lies at the mouth of the Patuxent River where it adjoins the Chesapeake Bay.  The island was formerly known as Bourne's Island (about 1680), Somervell's Island (1740-1814) and Sandy Island (1827-1865).  It became known as Solomons Island (1867) because of  Isaac Solomon's oyster packing facilities located on the island.  Shipyards developed to support the island's fishing fleet.  The famed "bugeye" sailing craft were built on the island in the 19th century.  In the war of 1812, Commodore Joshua Barney's flotilla sailed to Solomons to attack British vessels on the Chesapeake Bay.  The deep, protected harbor has been a busy marine center ever since.
  At one time at least 550 feet separated the island from the mainland.  The first causeway connecting the island to the mainland was built in 1870.  Today the causeway is only 23 feet long.  The bridge that connects Calvert County and St. Mary's Counties was completed in 1977 and it is named after the first governor of the state of Maryland, Governor Thomas Johnson.  The bridge is over 140 feet high and is built over the deepest spot of the Patuxent River, which is 126 feet deep. 

Today, Solomons Island is a quiet fishing village located about 50 minutes south of the Washington Beltway.  It is home to many marinas, various businesses, private homes, charter fishing fleets, head boats and private yachts.  It hosts several fine restaurants and cafe's, bed and breakfast inns, and gift/antique shops, flourishing within a quaint, picturesque setting.  There are many watering holes to enjoy and there is much night life as well.  You will notice that most of the homes and architecture in Solomons are of Colonial and Victorian design.  Stroll along the brick sidewalks and the board walk (River Walk) which follows the southwest face of the island and enjoy the panoramic view of the Patuxent River. 

During your stay at Solomons, be sure to visit the Calvert Marine Museum, a beautifully designed museum with many interesting and exciting exhibits and displays that you and your family will enjoy.  The AnnMarie Garden and  Chesapeake Biological Laboraratory should be on your itinerary as well.

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  Solomons Island

For those of you needing overnight accommodations, the following is a list of  places in Solomons that you can stay:

  • Back Creek Inn (B & B)                   
    (410) 326-2022

  • Bowen's Inn                                      
    (410) 326-6790

  • By-the-Bay (B & B)                          
    (410) 326-3428

  • Comfort Inn                                       
    (410) 326-6303
    (800) 228-5150    

  • Holiday Inn Select                           
    (410) 326-6311
    (800) 356-2009

  • Island Manor Motel                          
    (410) 326-3700

  • Locust Inn                                          
    (410) 326-9817

  • Solomons Victorian Inn (B & B)       
    (410) 326-4811