Take trip down the charming streets of Easton and keep your eyes peeled for these novel feats of architecture. Find them all and you may find yourself the winner of a $100 Gift Certificate to The Inn and Spa at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club.
I have loved scavenger hunts ever since my sixth birthday celebration. My mother invited neighborhood playmates to my birthday party. After we finished cake and ice cream, my very creative mother surprised us with a game. She had hidden ten clues around our backyard — in the shrubbery, under flowerpots, and in other hiding spots that were just challenging enough for six-year-olds to discover without tiring of the game.
Then, we were off as a team and soon peals of delight were heard when one of us found each clue. My mother was amused by how competitive six-year olds could be. When all the clues had been found, I handed out prizes to each of my guests. Perhaps that scavenger hunt instilled in me a love of mysteries and solving puzzles — to this day I am an avid fan of PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery and the New York Times puzzles.
When I moved to the Eastern Shore and established my architectural practice, I was captivated by the rich architectural details in the residential and commercial buildings throughout downtown Easton. Because this issue of Shore Monthly is focused on hunting, I thought it would be fun for readers to participate in a scavenger hunt of architectural and design details found throughout downtown Easton. The finds are all within the irregular boundaries of Federal Street, North West Street, North and South Harrison Street to Earle Street, Goldsborough Street to Aurora Street, and Aurora Street to Dover Street and back to Washington Street.
The contest runs through the end of November. Participants can drop off completed entry forms from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Bullitt House, 102 W. Dover St., or from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Piazza Italian Market, 23 TalbotTown Shopping Center.
At the end of the month, Shore Monthly Editor Sarah Ensor will draw the winning form from the container of correct entries. Shore Monthly will contact the winner of the prize, a $100 gift certificate to The Inn and Spa at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, and arrange for the winner’s picture to be taken for publication in an upcoming issue.
The entry form in the magazine has a close-up picture of the detail’s location, a brief clue about the location and a blank line for the participant to print the street address or building name where the clue is located to verify they found and identified it correctly. Because the contest runs through the month of November, readers have plenty of time to enjoy the fall weather and search for clues. Take a break at Easton’s shops and restaurants (especially our new ice cream shops). All of the clues can be seen from city sidewalks. Please respect the homeowners, and do not trespass onto their properties.
In the words of Sherlock Holmes, “The Game is on!” Happy hunting.
Download The Scavenger Hunt Check List Here
Brick arches and stone create a lively rhythm and texture of materials
Elegant large windows with leaded glass transoms and frames painted in the corporate color highlight this landmark institution
OK, here is your “Who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb?” clue. Now you’re off and running but suspend your search for delicious pie and ice cream!
How much is that doggie in the window? He may be sold when you find this shop but another doggie will take his place!
This black-and-white sculpture of a backward, standing ride on a donkey.
Very creative custom wood trim that protects to block the sun at each side of this dormer window
Many of Easton’s historic buildings have turrets but you can actually stay overnight in two suites in this turret!
A charming example of a Dutch Colonial entry door and porch
A graceful elliptical recessed porch frames this beautiful entry door, sidelights and benches
This keyhole window and exuberant Queen Anne detailing have inspired many Plein Air award-winning painters.
The Gothic arches could remind one of hands held together in prayer
One of Easton’s most distinguished entrances with its delicate fanlight transom and wood moldings
Once a smokehouse, the diminutive scale of this charming outbuilding still delights passersby
Beautiful gable with the arched multi-glazed attic window and brick detailing
Downtown’s only Tudor style building has been meticulously restored to create a delightful streetscape
This cupola and beef cow weathervane is a fitting symbol of the delicious barbeque offered here