Cox's Shanty is
the Crisfield Heritage Foundation's hands on exhibit, used to
educate the Students of local schools, visitors and the general
public on the shedding of the Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab. The
demonstration is typical of operations used by local watermen
today and in the past to shed the crabs and keep them alive in a
soft state until they are ready to be shipped to local and
distant markets. Mr. Austin is a Master Plumber by trade, but
descends from a line of ancestors that made their living on the
waters of Tangier Sound and the Chesapeake Bay. The children
love Mr. Austin for his patience, as he explains the life cycle
of the Callinectes sapidus
(Maryland Blue Crab).
The crab shanty is located in Somers Cove Marina near
the east enterance of the The J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum.
Demonstrations by appointment in season. Call today if you are
interested in seeing the exhibit.