Where do these beads come from?
The article "Waterfront Amusement Parks in Maryland" states in part:
Two or three times a year, staff at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab will get a call from a local citizen who has been beachcombing along the Chesapeake Bay at Brownie’s Beach.
While better known as a place for hunting fossils from the Miocene, the calls we get are about the small, colorful glass beads that are also a common find there.
Many people think they have discovered Indian trade beads, while in actuality the beads are of a more recent vintage.
Two likely explanations for why the beads are present at Brownie Beach have been posited: that they are washing up from a 20th-century ship that wrecked nearby or that they were souvenirs from the now-defunct amusement park once located just to the north, in Chesapeake Beach.
Whether or not the source of these beads will ever be known (we feel it was from a shipwreck) the beads themselves are a delight and it's a great place to take kids - shallow, no waves, and plenty of things to look for.
If you're heading to Maryland or down the East Coast this summer why not check out Brownie's Beach? And take photos to share with the rest of us.
Beachcombing is fun for all ages.
We hope that you can experience the joy of searching for treasures on a beach near you soon. From the tiniest bit of common glass to a more exotic piece, each is a real treasure.
Wherever you are in the world, whatever your plans are for
the coming month, whoever your favorite companion is, and however you go about doing it... Happy Hunting!
David and Lin