Oyster tales from colonial times to the present! The settlers at Jamestown who “didn’t recognize what they had,” described themselves as “reduced to eating oysters.” Later farmers used oysters as fertilizer and as subsistence food for slaves. When the Civil War created lots of disposable income, people started to look for status foods. The Chesapeake Bay region met the rising demand thanks to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and the development of canning.
John R. Wennersten is professor emeritus at the University of Maryland and was a senior fellow in Environmental History at the Smithsonian Institution Museum of American History. His works include The Chesapeake: An Environmental Biography, Anacostia: The Death and Life of An American River, and Oyster Wars of Chesapeake Bay, which won the Maryland Writers Prize in nonfiction.
This program also includes oyster tasting!
The 2015 History Happy Hour series is sponsored by Therrien Waddell Construction Group.