Solomons Island, also known as Solomon, is a charming small town on the banks of the Patuxent River where it meets the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Popular with tourists and boaters alike, it bustles in summer where folks come to eat and drink and enjoy the water views. The population is just over 2,000. The area has been inhabited since colonial times and was a center for ship building to support the local fishing industry in the 19th century. The town now welcomes tourists with numerous marinas, seafood restaurants, gift shops, a boardwalk, a sculpture garden, the Calvert Marine Museum where visitors can climb atop a former lighthouse, harbor cruises, and occasional famous performer concerts outdoors. Solomons also has three major hotels, a U.S. Navy family recreation center, and a church retirement home. St. Peter's Chapel is an historic 1889 Carpenter Gothic-style church.