Statement of Significance (as of designation - August 7, 2001):
The J.C. Lore Oyster House is a substantially unaltered marine industrial building overlooking the Patuxent River at the north end of Solomons Island. While most successful seafood processing plants underwent a series of alterations and additions throughout their operation, the Lore structure is a rare surviving example of a relativley unaltered early-20th-century seafood packing plant.The Lore Company was among the first to ship oysters by parcel post. A major supplier of oysters to ACME and Kroger food store chains, the Lore Company helped to make "Patuxent" brand oysters famous throughout much of the Midwest. The intact original processing equipment significantly adds to the importance of this nomination. The facility is part of the Calvert Marine Museum's interpretation of the commercial fisheries of the adjacent Patuxent River.