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Those older than 60 can recall the ride from the District along Maryland Route 214 East, where the urban asphalt morphed seamlessly into the dusty roads leading to the Annapolis coastline. Armed with picnic baskets bearing treats wrapped in wax paper, they made the 33-mile trip by car, bus, train — or even hay wagon.

“The hayride would pick you up from a certain spot in D.C. and we’d head out on that one-lane highway. I just remember it being so far away,” says Sam Clyburn, 69, who recalls Sunday excursions to Carr’s as a teenager to see performers such as the Clovers, the Coasters, the Orioles and blues great “Big” Joe Turner.

Admission to the beach was just 10 cents per person, Mrs. Smith says.

“I can remember people hiding in the trunk and squatting on the floor of the back seat to avoid paying,” says Yvonne Borders, 61, who lives in Maryland but grew up in Southeast.

Consumed by redevelopment, Carr’s began fading in the late 1960s. A sewage treatment plant and gated waterfront community of luxury condominiums now stand on the site.

The final concert came in 1974, when Baltimore-born rocker Frank Zappa took the stage. An estimated 8,000 fans had to be turned away from the standing-room-only event.

But new interest in Carr’s Beach is increasing.

Miss Henson’s 90-minute documentary about the resort, “Sands of Time,” will open next year during Annapolis Charter 300, a birthday salute to Maryland’s capital city.

“This is a story that needs to be told,” Miss Henson says. “You have children right here in Annapolis who don’t know this area’s history and what these remarkable women did in segregated America.”

In May, Annapolis officials conducted a ceremony to change the name of Edgewood Road to Carr’s Beach Road.

And efforts spearheaded by Annapolis Alderman Sam Shropshire are under way to maintain Carr’s remaining 6½ undeveloped acres as a nature preserve.

“We’d like to preserve it as part of the Annapolis City Parks system,” Mr. Shropshire says.

Preserving Carr’s history is necessary because “we’re trying to dispel the myth that people of color don’t care about the environment or economics,” says historian and author Vincent O. Leggett, who specializes in black maritime history and culture.

“The Carr’s story is such a phenomenal story because it pulls together so many aspects of African-American life along the Bay,” says Mr. Leggett, director of special projects and coordinator of the Patapsco-Back River Tributary Team for Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources. “The man who wins the war writes the history.”