War of 1812, Thomas Kemp, and the Pride of Baltimore

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Here’s a question for all of you history buffs out there: What do Thomas Kemp, the Wades Point Inn, and the War of 1812 have in common?

In August of 1813, the British Royal Navy came up the Chesapeake planning to take over the town of St. Michaels. They were met with much resistance in St. Michaels harbor, so they regrouped and took their troops down the Bay searching for a way to get their troops on land. Coming ashore at Wades Point, the British troops started their march into St. Michaels, only to be met by five hundred (unexpected) Maryland troops beginning what is now said to be the largest land battle in Maryland for the War of 1812. Where does Thomas Kemp fit into all of this, you ask? Well, Thomas Kemp was a shipbuilder in Fells Point and built some of the fastest ships on the Chesapeake Bay (and subsequently used in the War of 1812)—including the Chausser, which was known as “The Pride of Baltimore”, and after which the current Pride of Baltimore was modeled. Thomas Kemp also went on to buy Wades Point after the war and moved his family there away from the hustle and bustle of the city. He put his architectural skills to work building his new how which was inspired by the Brice house in Annapolis. Tucked alongside of the top of the chimney is a  hidden room,  the perfect lookout for spotting those pesky British ships!

On Saturday, July 27, Wades Point Inn will be hosting a discussion about the War of 1812, which will be led by a group of authors who joined forces to produce a book about the War and how it affected St. Michaels. Join us for a great discussion, beautiful views, and scrumptious hors d’oeuvres. The reception will begin at 5 p.m., and seats are going fast! Call the Inn today at 410.745.2500 to reserve your seat and to be a part of this historical celebration!

Getting into the spirit of all things nautical and Chesapeake Bay related, we’ve updated and added to our “fleet” of kayaks  and have also added paddle boards for our guests. For those who like to keep your feet on dry land, don’t worry—we’ve also updated and added to our “fleet” of bicycles for your cruising pleasure!


As you know, Wades Point Inn Bed & Breakfast is just a few miles from downtown St. Michaels, close enough to town to offer the convenience of shopping, dining, antiquing, and festival-going, but far enough away to be peaceful and relaxing. Staying with us here at Wades Point Inn offers the best of both worlds!

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