Where History and Preservation Meet: ESLC to Hold Party to Preserve at the Hermitage


The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) will hold their annual Party to Preserve event at the Hermitage – one of the most interesting properties on the Eastern Shore – on Saturday, October 8th from 4 – 7 pm. Tickets for the event are $125 per person and available for purchase on the organization’s website at www.eslc.org.

The Hermitage is a nearly 1,000 acre historic property located on the banks of the Chester River in Queen Anne’s County and owned by former ESLC Board President Ben Tilghman and his wife, Paige. The Hermitage sits as the centerpiece of the preserved estate; a working farm where family and agriculture have been the way of life for more than 350 years. The estate has been belonged to a member of the Tilghman family since the 17th century, beginning with Dr. Richard Tilghman, a surgeon in the British Navy, who was patented the land in 1659 by Charles Calvert, Lord Baltimore.

Guests of Party to Preserve will be treated to a farm-to-table, local culinary experience, including an oyster bar featuring sustainably farmed oysters. Live music by quartet Fiddle Oaks will provide the musical backdrop to this conservation-themed event.

For the second straight year, rather than including a silent auction or similarly fashioned fundraising component, ESLC will offer up a dozen new, educational workshops with topics that fit within the organization’s primary focal areas of Land, Towns, and People on the Eastern Shore. Similar to TED Talks in nature, Shore Talks were introduced at 2015’s Party to Preserve event and gave purchasers the ability to learn (often hands-on) more about topics ranging from oyster aquaculture to songbird banding.

Shore Talks sessions will be available for purchase to the public (whether attending the event or not) online, beginning in September at www.eslc.org.

Local businesses and individuals interested in event sponsorship opportunities are asked to contact ESLC Outreach Coordinator Carin Starr at 410.690.4603, ext. 171, or cstarr@eslc.org.

So, come sip a cocktail on the porch, dine on the freshest, local foods, and stroll the grounds rich with history while reminiscing with friends as you Party to Preserve with ESLC!

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit land conservation organization committed to preserving and sustaining the vibrant communities of the Eastern Shore and the lands and waters that connect them.

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