I will be careful when choosing a dock to approach when I visit the Corsica River, a place I have passed by in the past and hope to explore in the future. As the Washington Post and New York Times tell us, the 45 acre compound, featuring two mansions and several bungalows, is alleged to have been used for spying. No more, as the feds have shut down this and another compound in New York.
I do remember Rock Hall friends Fred and Mary Lou telling me about a Russian estate on the Chester River, though I never understood exactly where. Now I know. I have wanted to visit the Corsica River for a few years now, nearly making it the year before last until an approaching thunderstorm had me turn into Reed Creek for shelter. Below you see the mansion on the compound with what appears to be a regatta in progress on the Corsica. And in the distance is the Chester River heading up to Chestertown, one of my favorite place on the bay.
A late 1980s story in the Washington Post tells of local journalists visiting the compound. The Russians said they liked the weather, it reminded them of southern Russia. Plus the fishing was very good. Boating and "krabiruyu," (crabbing to you and me) being favorite activities. Local concerns about nuclear submarines surfacing in the Chester to pick up spies and stolen documents proved to be unfounded.
So I will keep clear of the docks, don't want to mess with either the Russians or the state department or whoever controls the compound now. But I will look forward to winding my way up the Corsica. I hear there are some good crab cakes available at a restaurant up there, maybe with a side of caviar and a shot of vodka.