POG Brunch Gathering

Sunday, March 25, 2012, 10:30AM

Pirates Cove Restaurant


4817 Riverside Drive

Galesville, MD 20765

Phone: 301-261-5050

Our "April" brunch is being held on Sunday, March 25th, to avoid a conflict with Easter and Passover observances. Also, in keeping with our effort to broaden our geographic coverage and to provide an opportunity for a “drive and dine” in your 356 with our bi-monthly gatherings, the brunch location will be at Pirate's Cove Restaurant in Galesville, MD.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  For this brunch, please RSVP to Sandy Kemper at: newsletter@pog356.org or 301-585-0897, by noon Saturday (March 24), if you plan to attend.

The historic town of Galesville is located about 15 miles south of Annapolis (see Google Maps or Mapquest). It dates back to 1652 when it was founded by two families who were seeking freedom from religious persecution. It was first known as Browntown, but the name “had been changed to West River Landing by 1682 when it was designated an official port of entry with the authority to import and export goods, and to collect duties.” Because of its location on the West River, it was one of the key stops for travel and commerce in the area in the 17th century through colonial times.

The Pirates Cove Restaurant & Marina, one of Galesville’s landmarks, was established in 1960 and has been under the same ownership since 1984. It affords scenic views of the West River. The breakfast menu includes the standard breakfast fare: eggs, omelets, pancakes, and French toast. And the brunch selections include Eggs Benedict, Crab Benedict and other seafood specialties like the “Gabby Crabby.” The prices range from $6.95 to $12.95, plus beverages, tip and taxes.

It’s easy to get to Galesville and the Pirates Cove Restaurant. And the drive includes a few stretches of two-lane roads.

From many points in Northern Virginia, the travel time will be about an hour, e.g. from Tim Berardelli’s shop (Alexandria): 55 minutes, 35 miles via the Woodrow Wilson Bridge; from Karosserie (Fairfax): 1hr, 5 mins; 47 miles via the Beltway and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Generally, the directions are: take the Beltway to MD Route 4, Pennsylvania Avenue, heading east. Follow MD Route 4 to MD Route 408 East. Take MD Route 408 to a roundabout (approximately 5 miles). Go halfway around onto MD Route 2 North. Follow MD Route 2 North for about 1 mile and turn right onto MD Route 255 (Owensville Rd/Galesville Road). Follow MD 255 (about five miles) through the intersection with Muddy Creek Rd (MD Rt 468) and down to the water. Turn left at the end of the road onto Riverside Drive. The Pirates Cove Restaurant is just ahead on the water on the right.

From Silver Spring/Chevy Chase/Rockville/etc., Take the outer loop of the Beltway to US 50 East. Exit US 50 at Exit 16, Davidsonville Road/MD Rt 424. Follow that across MD Rt 214, Central Ave., where MD Rt 424 becomes Birdsville Road. Take that southeast until it dead-ends at MD Rt 2. Turn right, go 100 yards or so, and take a left on Mill Swamp Road. Follow that until it dead-ends on Muddy Creek Road (MD Rt 468). Turn right, go a couple of miles, and then a left onto Galesville Road (MD Rt 255).

If you're coming from Baltimore or Annapolis, get on MD-2 south after US-50 and go until you take the left onto Mill Swamp Road. Follow that until it dead-ends at Muddy Creek Road (MD Rt 468). Turn right, go a couple of miles, and then a left onto Galesville Road (MD Rt 255).

After our brunch gathering, you may wish to drive to the historic Londontowne House and Gardens (17 minutes, 8½ miles) or Downtown Annapolis (25 mins, 15 miles).

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* Editor’s note: All of the text about the history of Galesville was extracted from various websites, including the Galesville Heritage Society, the Pirates Cove Restaurant and a site simply identified as “Galesville History.”