The Eastern Shore
The Eastern Shore of Maryland is comprised of nine counties on the Chesapeake Bay’s eastern side. Pennsylvania borders across the Northern perimeter, with Delaware to the east and north, the Atlantic Ocean is on the east, and Virginia’s “Eastern Shore” on the southern most border. Maryland’s and Virginia’s Eastern Shore and all of Delaware comprise what is referred to as the Delmarva Peninsula. Until the 1820s, travel and commerce between the Eastern Shore and Baltimore were less important than the connections between the “Shore” and Philadelphia. Prior to 1952 automobile transportation across the Chesapeake Bay was solely by ferryboat which in a way helped to preserve the rich history and cultures of the Eastern Shore. Located within one to two hours of major metropolitan areas such as Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, the Eastern Shore region is part of the I-95 corridor and offers easy access to Mid-Atlantic cities and attractions. Its economy offers major industry sectors, including manufacturing, agriculture, food production, transportation and distribution.
This area has long been a favored vacation spot as Ocean City, MD was founded on July 4, 1875, when the Atlantic Hotel opened on Assateague Island. Travel to the “Shore” is made trouble-free with the convenient Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport, in Salisbury, which is a thriving commercial airport on the Delmarva Peninsula. Additionally there are five smaller airports which accommodate private planes.
The Eastern Shore has many different types of environments, from the saltwater marshes along the bay teaming with waterfowl to the lovely old growth forests inland. With the Chesapeake Bay to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east the area enjoys moderate temperatures, with winter temperatures often averaging in the mid-30’s, producing an annual snowfall of less than 12 inches and summer temperature ranges in the upper 80’s.
All forms of sports have long been a mainstay on the Eastern Shore, with an Eastern Shore Baseball League having operated on three different occasions between 1922 and 1949. It was a Class D minor league with teams in all three states of “Delmarva”. Currently the Eastern Shore is home to the Delmarva Shorebirds, a minor league baseball team who play Class A baseball in the South Atlantic League at the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury. The Shorebirds are affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles.
The Eastern Shore boasts some of the finest public and private schools in the State as well as a unique variety of colleges including: Cecil Community College, Chesapeake College, Salisbury University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Washington College and Wor-Wic Community College.
Maryland’s Eastern Shore has been dubbed the “Land of Pleasant Living” as it is a special place to work and raise a family.