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Solomons Island Favorites: 4 reviews and 20 photos

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  • Solomons bas relief map in the museum - Solomons Island
      Solomons bas relief map in the museum
  • Flags over the mustum - US, MD and Calvert County - Solomons Island
      Flags over the mustum - US, MD and Calvert County
  • Museum sign - Solomons Island
      Museum sign
  • Exhibit in the museum - Solomons Island
      Exhibit in the museum
  • Museum exhibit - Solomons Island
      Museum exhibit

Favorite thing: The original name of this little island was Bourne's Island. Then in 1740 it was called Somervell's Island and later Sandy Island. My first thought on hearing the present name was that it was somehow connected with the Solomon Islands in the Pacific. Although, ironically, the personnel who trained here in WWII did fight at the Pacific Solomon Islands. Between 1942 and 1945, the population of Solomons increased from 263 to more than 2,600. Over 60,000 troops trained at Solomons during the war.

But no - it was named for 19th century Baltimore businessman Isaac Solomon, who bought land and established a cannery there shortly after the Civil War. He was advertising his canning establishment as "Solomons Island." He leased small lots on the island to many people who paid a yearly rent varying from $9 to $21. In 1870, the community received official recognition when the United States Postal Service opened an office.

Fondest memory: The Calvert Marine Museum is one of the attractions on Solomons Island that we often visit when we are down visiting our parents in Saint Mary's County. All the pictures are from one of those visits

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 11, 2010
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