at a glance:
- Major Cities: Ocean City, Kent Island,
Salisbury, Cambridge, Easton, Chestertown, Saint Michaels
- Landmarks/National Monuments/Parks: Assateague State Park, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, C&D Canal Museum, Underground Railroad: Harriet Tubman Museum, Brannock Maritime Museum, James Island State Park, Plumpton Park Zoo, Pocomoke River State Park
- Major Industry: Aviation, Publishing, Pharmaceutics, Healthcare, Food Services (Perdue), Electric (GE), Chesapeake Bay Sportfishing, Crabbing
- Counties: Cecil, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, Worcester
Eastern Shore of Maryland
Maryland’s Eastern Shore is located on the northern half of the Delmarva Peninsula
and is made up of nine counties: Worchester, Wicomico, Kent, Queen Anne, Talbot,
Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset, and Cecil. While these counties constitute more
than one third of the state’s land area, their combined population of 420,000 represents
only 8% of the population in Maryland. Homes for sale along the open Eastern Shore
are always a popular choice for new residents.
Eastern Shore Maryland homes for sale in Worcester County provide residents with
a relaxed style of living. Worcester County, located on the Atlantic Ocean side
of the peninsula, is Maryland’s only ocean-front county. It is best known as the
home of Ocean City, one of the most popular resort towns on the east coast. Ocean
City begins at the Ocean City Inlet, which was formed during a 1933 storm, and extends
northward to the Maryland-Delaware state line at 146th Street. It offers visitors
ten miles of beaches and twenty blocks boardwalk, in addition to nine golf courses
and some of the world’s best fishing.
Wicomico County, located to the west of Worcester County, also borders the State
of Delaware. The county is named after the Wicomico River, a 33-mile long tributary
of the Chesapeake Bay. Salisbury is the county seat and the largest city on the
Eastern Shore of Maryland. Homes for sale in Salisbury are located near the banks
of the Wicomico River. Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport, the only
commercial airport on the peninsula, and Salisbury University are both located in
The Eastern Shore is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Maryland homes for sale here are
accessible to many parks. The 2,265-acre Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge,
in Kent County, is home to over 230 species of birds. Originally purchased by a
developer in the 1950s, the refuge was acquired by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
in the 1960s and converted into a wildlife habitat. Today, it is a haven for migrating
birds like the tundra swan and for endangered and threatened species like the bald
eagle and the Delmarva fox squirrel. Assateague State Park, in Worcester County,
is Maryland’s only ocean park. Famous for its wild ponies, the park is actually
a barrier island that boasts thirty seven miles of beach and thousands of acres
of stunning natural beauty.
The identity of the Eastern Shore is intimately tied with the area’s rich history.
Kent County, for example, was founded in 1642 and is the second oldest county in
Maryland. And many of the Eastern Shore’s counties have museums that reflect the
region’s maritime past, including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in Talbot County,
the C&D (Chesapeake & Delaware) Canal Museum in Cecil County, and the Brannock Maritime
Museum in Dorchester County. The Underground Railroad: Harriet Tubman Museum can
also be found in Dorchester County, which is the birthplace of Harriet Tubman.
Easily accessible by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Maryland’s Eastern Shore is coastal
living at its best. To find Maryland homes for sale along the Eastern Shore, contact
any one of Long & Foster’s Eastern Shore real estate offices in Maryland.