Near Berlin in Worcester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Treasures from the Past
Berlin's main street follows the course of the old Philadelphia post road which served as a principal stage route and course of land transportation during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Tradition holds that the name Berlin came from a contraction of the Burley Inn which served early travelers.
Berlin's main street comprises one of the best preserved late 19th century commercial districts. Essentially complete streetscapes of Victorian buildings distinguish Berlin's downtown. The uniform architectural character of the commercial district is due to its complete destruction by a fire in 1895. Utilizing brick, the town was rebuilt from the ashes and looks today as it appeared over 100 years ago.
Town of Snow Hill
The Town of Snow Hill, named for a suburb in London, was settled in the 1670s as a port for ocean-going vessels. Farming interest developed to complement the seaport, and in 1742 when Worcester County was formed, Snow Hill was named the county seat.
Schooners were replaced by steamboats which in turn were replaced by the railroad.
More than 100 homes, along tree-shaded and brick-lined walks, pre-date 1875 with excellent examples of Victorian and colonial architecture.
Towering pines, period plantings and a peaceful quite greet visitors
Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum
The Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, built in 1891 has served both the U.S. Life-Saving Service and U.S. Coast Guard. It traces the history of Ocean City from a quaint fishing village to a large resort. Unusual objects from shipwrecks are displayed as is an exhibit of the Life-Saving Service on the Eastern Shore. Aquariums, dolls' houses, mermaids, and old-fashioned bathing suits are also featured.
Location. 38° 14.968′ N, 75° 9.347′ W. Marker is near Berlin, Maryland, in Worcester County. Marker is at the intersection of National Seashore Lane and Stephen Decatur Highway (State Highway 611), on the right when traveling north on National Seashore Lane. Touch for map. Marker is located next to the visitors center for the Assateague Island National Seashore. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin MD 21811, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Beach to Bay Indian Trail (here, next to this marker); The Wild Ponies (here, next to this marker); Caring for the Bay (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sheltered Waters (about 800 feet away); You're looking out over... A Productive Nursery (about 800 feet away); Verrazano Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. ¼ mile away); Rackliffe Plantation Milk House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berlin.
More about this marker. The marker features photographs of Berlin's commercial district, Snow Hill's houses, the iron furnace of Furnace Town, and The Life-Saving Station Museum.
Also see . . .
1. Assateague Island National Seashore. National Park Service site. (Submitted on June 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Worchester County. Maryland's only seaside county. (Submitted on June 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Furnace Town. Details of the historic site. (Submitted on June 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,500 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on September 6, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. 4, 5. submitted on June 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.