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Year Round Summer Camp On The Chesapeake Bay
Borrowed & Edited from "Your Calvert"
Referred to by some as one of the first “planned communities” in the area, Scientists’ Cliffs is a development in Port Republic overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.
Forest pathologists G. Flippo Gravatt and his wife Annie actively sought land in 1935 for a summer oasis. Their plan was to develop a community where they could be surrounded by like-minded scientists and professionals. The couple purchased 238 acres of forests, trails, steams and cliffs overlooking the Chesapeake Bay which is now known as Scientists’ Cliffs. They and their extended family members added to the original purchase in 1936 and 1961 to span 752 acres.
Originally the community was primarily a retreat for Washington, D.C. residents and employees. Therefore the overall style of architecture is reminiscent of summer beach cabins. The exteriors of many of the homes are often wood siding, or logs with earth colors blending in with the trees which surround them. The size and style of the homes range from small cabins to multi-level homes. The community has transitioned over the years from a vacation retreat (or second home) to many full-time residents.
The original residents shared a common interest in planting gardens providing a legacy of numerous plants, flowers and trees which have survived and thrived throughout the years.
The Gravatt’s original home (the Chestnut Cabin) is now a museum, preserving the history and artifacts of the community and can be rented to the residents for small social gatherings. The community also has a community house for larger gatherings and summer activities for the kids. Near the community house is a community pool, tennis courts, a basketball court, a playing field and playground. Hence the feeling that some residents describe as "living in a summer camp year-round".
The development sits on approximately two miles of frontage along the majestic Chesapeake Bay. There are sets of steps leading down to the beach throughout the community, plus a large community beach that is accessible by car. A boat-launching ramp is also located there. The community remains private and has an active Homeowners' Association which maintains the many amenities.
During the 1980's, Scientists' Cliffs residents put together funds to purchase and preserve 436 adjacent acres of undeveloped land and formed the American Chestnut Land Trust, named after the trees once common to the area. The trust now manages more than 3,000 natural acres in the Parkers Creek watershed. The trust maintains over 22 miles of free hiking trails. Canoeing and kayaking up Parkers Creek, renowned for bird habitat, is also available.
Scientists' Cliffs has an extensive documented history including a two-volume book authored by the Scientists' Cliffs History Book Committee, published in 2010.
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