The Eastern Shore is seafood country. Surrounded by both the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, fish and shellfish have been part of the regions culinary culture for centuries. For the tens of thousands of visitors who come to the shore each year, eating seafood is an important part of their travel experience. Enjoying seafood is just part of the quality of life of here. Visit this website for information on our seafood heritage and the catching, buying, and handling of local seafood: http://docktoplate.us
The Saint Martin's Church in Showell, Maryland, is a unique piece of Worcester County heritage. The structure was built in 1744 and served as the official "church of state" for those living nearby. By the 1840's nearby residents moved closer to the bustling town of Berlin and switched to the parish there. For awhile St Martin's Church continued to be used for special events. But, it fell into disrepair and then became a hangout for local teenagers.
Now it has been restored and this charming jewel can be toured or rented for special events. Weddings are especially popular. Often couples will take their vows in the church and hold a catered reception in a beautifully appointed tent there on the grounds.
St. Martin’s Church serves as a museum, open to the public on a regular basis.Open House docents tours are held every Monday from June to October 11:00 to 2:00PM or by appointment.
11413 Worcester Highway - Showell, Maryland
Once used as a vaudeville theater complete with stage facilities, dressing rooms and orchestra pits, the Mar-Va was played by many famous performers which included some old-time cowboys such as Tom Mix and Roy Rogers. It was a movie theater till it closed in 1993. Now it is under renovation with plans to become a showcase for local performing arts.
Market Street - Pocomoke City, Maryland
Furnace Town is the site of the Nassawango Iron Furnace, Maryland's only bog ore furnace; it has one of the nation's earliest hot blast mechanisms still intact. Visitors enjoy a relaxing visit into 19th century village life in the heart of the Pocomoke Forest, 5 miles north of Snow Hill on the Nassawango Creek.
Stroll through the village of artisan shops, including a broommaking house, blacksmith shop, smokehouse, and printshop. The Old Nazareth Church, the company store and the museum are the sites of a number of activities featuring art, music and living history. The 25-acre grounds are perfect for picnics and hikes.
Snow Hill, Maryland
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Worcester County has many fine parks where you and your family can play and explore our beautiful natural treasures. At our parks you can also find sports events, camping, entertainment, and educational programs. Download our guide to parks or visit the Parks website at: http://www.worcesterrecandparks.org
Visit this historic site and learn about life along the Maryland seaside in the 18th century. Rackliffe House Trust, has restored this notable 18th century plantation house overlooking Sinepuxent Baywhich was first constructed in the 1740's. It is believed to be the only property of its vintage and early Georgian character along the Mid-Atlantic coast. Rackliffe Plantation was one of three known sites of local salt manufacture in Colonial times.
Download a PDF about Rackliffe Plantation House.
Learn how Worcester County's African American's long and rich history. Discover the people, places and events that have helped shape the cultural traditions of the Delmarva Peninsula.
Click here to download the PDF.
You can also visit specially designated African American Heritage sites in Worcester County with educational signage:
- The Germantown School Community Heritage Center
- Sturgis One Room School Museum
- Birthplace of Rev. Charles Albert Tindley
- Samuel Bowen Boulevard
More Resources Online
- Worcester County Maryland State Archives
- Worcester County Genealogy Project
- Epodunk.com: Cemeteries of Worcester County (includes maps)
- Findagrave.com: Cemeteries of Worcester County (includes maps)
- The Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council
- African American Heritage Sites of the Lower Shore
- Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture
- Handley's Eastern Shore Maryland Genealogy Project
- Maryland Historical Trust
- Maryland Historical Markers
- Maryland Scenic Byways (Includes several trails on the Eastern Shore)