Update Saturday morning: We had 127 visitors turn out on the beach at Aquia Landing last night. It was a beautiful evening, and, with my back to the water, I was competing against a couple of bald eagles feeding in the Potomac behind me. One very interesting thing emerged: a local resident produced pictures, taken several years ago at an uncommonly low tide, that clearly shows hundreds of the pilings that supported the Union docks at Aquia. We will post the photos as soon as we get them. Fascinating stuff.
A bit off topic, but worth noting: tonight at 7 at Aquia Landing we will have our 10,000th visitor to our History at Sunset programs over the years (a nifty prize package awaits the lucky 10,000th). This is our ninth year (ten programs per year, with sixteen in one insane year–an idea we dropped in exhaustion), and tonight is our 95th program (more than 60 of them original). Aquia Landing is by far the most far-flung, remote place we have ever done, so it will be interesting how many make the long and winding journey (along the former route of the RF&P) to the landing.
While we enjoy doing the programs, we also learn a lot in their preparation. My work on Aquia has turned up or solved a few mysteries or conundrums, and they’ll be good for a few posts on here in the coming weeks (the place has an intensely interesting history). I almost always start my preparation for these programs by creating a map, and I share here the map I have done for this one. The green “P” with an arrow marks the location and perspective of key photographs.