Boat Shed at Capt. Avery Museum is Dedicated in Honor of George Daly
The Captain Avery Museum in Shady Side recently named and signed their boat shed in memory of George Daly. The shed houses the Edna Florence, a West River buy boat on display. The museum is located at 1418 EW Shady Side Road in Shady Side.
Daly’s widow, Mavis Daly, said, “it seems most fitting that near the tenth anniversary of George’s death, a sign in tribute to him has been erected on the boat shed. It would not have been built without him.”
The museum in Shady Side is an historic 1859 waterman’s home on the Chesapeake Bay. It is open Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. They are currently running a speakers luncheon series on Wednesdays. The museum is a National Historic Landmark. At the museum, local history is collected, preserved and shared. The museum is also the hub of the community with celebrations and community get-togethers taking place throughout the year.In the 1990s, the museum procured $140,000 to rehabilitate the house. George Daly was frugal with the funds and did much of the work himself, with volunteers including Brent Anderson, a museum neighbor. Daly and his helpers managed to save enough of the money to build the boat shed.
Mavis Daly said,
First the platform was constructed, and then the Edna Florence was moved and placed on the floor in the exact spot Daly had selected.
Seeing this huge boat coming down the narrow lane to the Museum, and then lifted high into the air as it was placed on the platform was a never-to-be-forgotten sight.
The walls were erected around the boat, and exhibits were later placed there. A group of volunteers, including Dean Hall, the late Tom Abercrombie, Bobby Bast, June Hall, George Dattore, and Daly refinished the Edna Florence.
The boat was donated by Mayo resident Ruthie Thompson. It is named after her mother.
Visitors to the museum are greeted first by the Edna Florence as they walk through the rain garden to get to the entrance of the Capt. Avery home. There are historical placards in the boat shed that begin to tell the history of Chesapeake Bay watermen and a lifestyle in a bygone era based entirely on the bounty of the Bay.
Mavis Daly said that the sign for the boat shed was created by Ron Ammon, a Shady Side carpenter. Daly said it is engraved, not painted, so it should last for many years as a reminder of the total dedication of George Daly to the restoration of the Museum, the building of the boat shed, the expansion of the Museum to include the Annex, and the improvement of the grounds.