To read about the famous blue crabs of the Chesapeake Bay, pick up William H. Warner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning study, “Beautiful Swimmers, Waterman, Crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay.” Readers get an inside look at the background and people of the region.

For an in-depth read about the history of the Chesapeake Bay area, including the waterman who earn their living there, try the dynamic “Chesapeake,” which author James Michener wrote while living in the area.

Information regarding the historic pirates and raiders is offered in Donald G. Shomette’s “Pirates on the Chesapeake—Being a True History of Pirates, Picaroons and Raiders on the Chesapeake Bay, 1610—1807.” Or, for Saint Michaels role as a shipbuilding center during the War of 1812, try Jerome R. Garitee’s “The Republic Private Navy—The American Privateering Business as Practice by Baltimore during the War of 1812.”

Finally, wonderful historic insight can be gained through Gilbert Byron’s, “St. Michaels: The Town That Fooled the British,” which tells the story of Saint Michaels involvement in the British raid during the War of 1812.

For more practical reading, order a copy of the Saint Michaels Visitor’s Guide , or the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce’s Visitors Guide or Country Brochure. And the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum  publishes a semi-annual journal, “The Weather Gauge,” and a quarterly newsletter, “On the Beam.”