Press Release

SRPT Presents “The Almighty Oyster: Food, Fighting and Sensibility”

Author John Wennersten
Author John Wennersten

Join the Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco and author John Wennersten as we explore the rise of the oyster from a poor people’s food to a status delicacy on October 11th from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at the Port Tobacco Courthouse, 8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco.

Learn about the evolution of the oyster industry in Maryland from the colonial period to the mid-twentieth century. As the desirability of oyster rose, deadly violence broke out among watermen over access to oyster beds in the Chesapeake Bay and tributary rivers, leading to the notorious “Oyster Wars” of the late 19th century. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste for themselves why oysters were worth fighting over following the program.

Tickets, $15.00 per person for the lecture only, or $40.00 per person for members, $45.00 per person for non-members for the lecture and tasting are available online at SRPT members, don’t forget to use the promo from the Spring 2015 newsletter or from the recently sent event email.  For more information, contact Jennifer Pitts at

Established in 1948, the Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public interest in the heritage of Port Tobacco and Southern Maryland through educational and civic programs. For more information, please visit our website at or call 301-934-4313.


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