Salisbury, MD, located just 30 miles from the Atlantic Ocean at the head of the Wicomico River was chartered in 1732. Due to its potential as both a port and regional distribution center, the city was quick to develop. As schools, churches and other cultural institutions were established, Salisbury soon became the dominant city on the Delmarva Peninsula. In 1867 Wicomico County was created from portions of Somerset & Worcester counties and Salisbury was named the county seat.
Recently named one of National Geographic's 50 "Next Great Adventure" towns, Salisbury, Maryland, is the largest town on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Sometimes referred to as “The Crossroads of Delmarva” (Delaware, Maryland and Virginia), as it is easily reached by all three coastlines. While Salisbury itself is not on the ocean, thousands of miles of waterways link Salisbury to the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It is also located at the intersection of two major highways, US Rt.50 & US Rt. 13.
In addition to the many boating, kayaking and cycling opportunities there is also a growing agro-tourism sector. Plentiful organic farms offer plenty of farm fun, from pick-your-own fruits to farm stands to petting zoos. Salisbury is home of the regions largest airport with connections to most major airlines located on the East Coast. Today, Salisbury is recognized as the center of commerce and culture in Delmarva and is home to Salisbury University, one of Maryland’s fastest growing institutions of higher learning.
Recreational facilities abound with 58 parks, 34 nature trails, 4 golf courses, 80 tennis courts, 76 ball fields, and 44 basketball courts. As a Chesapeake Bay maritime community, it is the second largest water port in Maryland. The Newtown and Camden historic districts contain hundreds of Victorian-style homes. The Salisbury Zoological Park located along side the south branch of the Wicomico River features the animals of North and South America.
Recognized as the business, industrial, and service center of the region, Salisbury has helped to foster the growth of a well-balanced economic base where new and varied businesses continue to thrive within the ambience of the area's natural beauty. Purdue Farms, a multi-national poultry corporation, is headquartered in Salisbury. Other industries in Salisbury include electronic component manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, shipbuilding and agriculture. There are 16 hotel and motels with over a thousand rooms. The area offers over 60 restaurants and 20 shopping centers.
Salisbury’s is home of the Wicomico County Convention & Visitors Bureau where off Broadway productions, major sporting events, and many other national acts are featured regularly. Salisbury’s status as the cultural center of the peninsula has made it home to numerous public museums and other local attractions including:
- Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame
- Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art
- Salisbury City - Zoo & Municipal Park
- The Centre at Salisbury Mall and Regal Theaters
- Nanticoke Wildlife Management Area
- Salisbury Architectural Museum
- Wicomico Heritage Center
- Chipman Cultural Center
The City of Salisbury continues to encourage a small town atmosphere attractive to local residents and visitors from all over Delmarva. Locally sponsored community events are held throughout the year. These include:
- Salisbury Festival - Held at End of April or Beginning of Spring by the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce
- Pork in the Park - A three day Pork BBQ Festival, held on the third weekend of April, at Winterplace Park
- Bandstand at City Park - Featuring 6 summer concerts on Sunday evenings in June and July
- Sea Gull Century - Cycle 100 km of Maryland's Eastern Shore each October
- Autumn Wine Festival - Held on the third weekend in October at Pemberton Park
- Christmas Parade - Held the first Sunday of each December
- Yuletide Open House - Celebrating the holidays at historic Poplar Hill Mansion in Newtown each December
Salisbury is also the sports capital of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and is home to the Delmarva Shorebirds, a minor league affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The Salisbury University Sea Gulls have been the NCAA Division 3 Lacrosse Champion for five of the past ten years. The city is home to countless other sporting events including:
- Special Olympic Programs
- Professional Boxing
- Regional and National Wrestling Tournaments
- Qualifying and National Youth Softball Tournaments
- Regional High School Basketball Tournament
- Dance & Cheerleading Competitions
- Qualifying and National Invitational Baseball Tournaments
- NCAA Division III Final Four (Field Hockey)
- NCAA Division III National Championship (Men’s Lacrosse)
- NCAA Division III Regional Championships (Baseball, Softball, Men’s & Women’s Lacrosse)
- NCAA Division III Conference Championships
- NCAA Division III Regional Championships for Men's & Women's Cross Country
- NCAA Division III Regional Championships for Men's & Women's Soccer
- Thomas Tennis Tournament
- Spring Triathlon and running events
- Youth Baseball World Series
- Youth Swimming competitions
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