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By Devry Becker Jones, August 10, 2019
Ayres Building
Maryland (Worcester County), Berlin — Ayres Building
. . . — Map (db m137729) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Berlin — Baltimore Boulevard
The asphalt slabs you just walked on are pieces of Baltimore Boulevard, a 15-mile road built by developers in the 1950s and destroyed by a storm in 1962. These broken slabs are now used only by gulls, which drop and crack clams on the hard surface. . . . — Map (db m9146) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Berlin — Beach to Bay Indian Trail
Centuries ago, Indians of the Algonquin Nation, including the Assateagues, Pocomokes, Manokins and Acquintacas, migrated seasonally between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. The Beach to Bay Indian Trail recognizes the patterns established . . . — Map (db m4390) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Berlin — Birthplace of Commodore Stephen Decatur
United States Navy, born January 5, 1779, mortally wounded in duel at Bladensburg, Md., March 22, 1820. — Map (db m3772) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Berlin — Caring for the Bay — Ocean, island, bay, mainland—all are interconnected
The marshes in the distance, the waters before you, and the land beneath and behind you form an interwoven whole. What affects one part affects all.

How we use and care for the land impacts it's water quality. The water that drains from the . . . — Map (db m87797) HM

Maryland (Worcester County), Berlin — Commodore Stephen Decatur, USN
Born near this site Jan. 5, 1779, his heroic exploits in Tripolitan Wars earned him his captain's commission in 1804. Commanded the "United States" and appointed commodore in War of 1812. Killed in duel at Bladensburg, Maryland, March 22, 1820. — Map (db m3771) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Berlin — Corp. Isaiah Fassett — "Uncle Zear"
Isaiah "Uncle Zear" Fassett was born into slavery southeast of here in Sinepuxent in 1844. His owner, Sarah A. Bruff, released him from bondage at age nineteen on November 11, 1863, when the U.S. Army paid her $300 in compensation. That same day, . . . — Map (db m15695) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Berlin — Life-Saving Station
In the late 1800's and early 1900's four Life-Saving Stations on Assateague Island aided ships in distress off the coast, where hidden sand bars, storms, German submarines, and other dangers often threatened. The U.S. Life-Saving Service built . . . — Map (db m8143) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Berlin — Native Americans
Assateague's first visitors were small bands of nomadic Indians who had permanent settlements on the mainland. These hunters and gatherers came seasonally to the island to enjoy the rich harvest of waterfowl, fish, oysters, clams, and plant foods. . . . — Map (db m8337) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Berlin — Olde Sinepuxent
Ever since explorer Giovanna da Verrazzano sailed through Sinepuxent Bay in 1524, human activty along these waters has helped shape Assateague's history. Except for intriguing place names on local maps, almost all traces of these historic events . . . — Map (db m8602) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Berlin — Rackliffe Plantation Milk House
Dairies (or milk houses, as they were more commonly called in the Mid-Atlantic region) were one-room structures constructed two to three feet below grade for coolness. They had brick or stone floors and plastered or whitewashed ceilings and interior . . . — Map (db m88263) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Berlin — Renaissance Plaza
. . . — Map (db m137727) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Berlin — Sheltered Waters — You're Facing Sinepuxent Bay and Assateague Island
Sinepuxent Bay and Chincoteague Bay (just to the south) separate Assateague Island from the mainland.

The Atlantic Ocean lies just over a mile away, on the other side of Assateague. The pedestrian and bicycle bridge to your left provides a . . . — Map (db m88250)

Maryland (Worcester County), Berlin — Shipwrecks
Shoals, bad weather, and lack of navigational aids contributed to hundreds of shipwrecks along Assateague. Many wrecks were schooners and cargo vessels sailing the busy coastal ship lanes in the 1800s. The total number of wrecks off Assateague is . . . — Map (db m8338) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Berlin — St. Martin's Church
Established around 1692 as a chapel-of-ease for Snow Hill Parish, and later, in 1744, designated as the principal church of Worcester Parish. The original frame building was replaced with this Georgian brick structure, completed in 1764. — Map (db m3773) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Berlin — The Old Globe Theater — 12 Broad St.
This brick building was originally built as a garage for horse and carriage in 1910. It was converted to a theater for showing "silent flickers" in 1917. A new facade was added to replicate the Spanish Mission Style architecture common to movie . . . — Map (db m137728) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Berlin — The Wild Ponies
Hardy, compact, and spirited - the horses on Assateague Island run freely over a range bounded by ocean and bay. Bands of mares and young led by protective stallions graze on marsh grasses, drink at freshwater ponds, and retreat into island forests . . . — Map (db m8340) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Berlin — Treasures from the Past
Town of Berlin 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 . . . — Map (db m8339) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Berlin — U.S.S. Decatur Anchor
Anchor From The U.S.S. Decatur (DD-936) Forrest Sherman Class Commissioned in 1956. Decommissioned in 1965. Re-commissioned in 1967. Decommissioned in 1983, Receiving 6 Battle Stars For Vietnam Service. This Anchor Was Obtained . . . — Map (db m60828) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Berlin — Verrazano Bridge
Named in 1976 for the courageous Florentine navigator, Giovanni da Verrazano (c. 1485-1528.) In the ship La Dauphine under a commission from King Francis I of France, he explored the Atlantic coastline of North America in the spring of 1524, . . . — Map (db m3783) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Berlin — Veterans Memorial
To those who served — In honor of the living In memory of the dead [Plaque on the left side of the display:] WWII Killed in Action Berlin Seaman John R. Casper, Merchant Marine, N. Atlantic, 1945 Pvt. James E. . . . — Map (db m137726) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Berlin — You're looking out over... A Productive Nursery
You wouldn't know it from the surface. But this shallow bay (only three to four feet in mose areas) brims with life. What lies beneath? Plankton, algae, grasses, worms, shrimp and minnows, clams and crabs, flounders and eels, stingrays and skates... . . . — Map (db m87794) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Newark — Queponco Railway Station — Newark, Maryland
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places 1996 — Map (db m59823) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — "Bay Breeze"
[Top plaque:] "Bay Breeze" The Captain Robert S. Craig & Virginia Lee Mason Craig Summer Cottage [Bottom plaque:] This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United . . . — Map (db m137717) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — "Genesar" — Also "Genzar," "Genessar," "Genezir" and "Genezer"
2,200 acres "lying on the sea board side of Boquetonorton (Poqadenorton) Hundred" patented May 10, 1676, to Col. William Stevens, and on January 10, 1679, to Charles Ratcliffe. Brick house believed built in 1732 by May. John Purnell. During the . . . — Map (db m3774) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — "The White Marlin Capital of the World" — Ocean City, Maryland
Ocean City, Maryland has long been known as the “The White Marlin Capital of the World.” Of all the thousands of white marlin caught off the Maryland coast, the one encased here is the largest. The Maryland state record white weighed 135 . . . — Map (db m66532) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — Anchor from the Sailboat Wreck — Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum —
This two and one half ton anchor was recovered from an 1870s shipwreck, known locally as the Sailboat Wreck. It was located by the commercial clam vessel STAR LIGHT, 19.6 nautical miles NNE of Assateague Island Lighthouse in 15 fathoms of water. . . . — Map (db m69534) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — Birds of the Shore
Through the seasons many species of birds flock to the beaches, marshes, dunes and bays of Assateague Island. Here they find abundant food---fish, mollusks, crustaceans, insects, and small mammals. Binoculars and a field guide will enhance your . . . — Map (db m66523) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — Boardwalk Construction 2000
" In recognition of the officers and crew of the USS Maryland - SSBN 738 for their assistance in construction of the boardwalk - March 2000" — Map (db m69479) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — British Manufactured Cannon — 12 pounder-circa 1750
This cannon was most likely acquired by an American private armed vessel during the Revolutionary War or the War of 1812. It was uncovered in the 1980’s by a developer in front of a warehouse in the Fells Point area of Baltimore, MD. A common . . . — Map (db m66531) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — Eastern End of Transpeninsular Line Between Maryland and Three Lower Counties of Pennsylvania — (Now Delaware) — (Fenwick Island) —
First run 1751, Agreed upon 1760 and finally ratified 1769 by King George, III, thus ending almost a century of controversy between the proprietors of the two provinces. — Map (db m64331) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — Fishing Industry
Both commercial and recreational fishing have played an important part in the development and growth of Ocean City, Maryland. The year 1897 marked the beginning of the commercial fishing industry when members of the Ludlam family brought a crew . . . — Map (db m137721) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — Island on the Move
Assateague Island is in constant motion. Influenced by wind, waves, tides, and currents, sand movement continually reshapes the island and its shores. These forces, combined with a gradually rising sea level, cause Assateague to move a few feet . . . — Map (db m66508) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — Largest Fish — Maryland State Record
This record 1,210 pound Tiger Shark was caught in the waters off Ocean City, Maryland by Grace Czemiak of Buffalo, New York. The shark was caught on July 9, 1983 while fishing aboard the LISA with Captain Stuart Windsor and Mate Jim Liberto. Mrs. . . . — Map (db m66529) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — Ocean City — Maryland's Atlantic Ocean Resort
Efforts to establish a resort on the barrier island began as early as 1839. In the late 1860s construction of the Wicomico and Pocomoke Railroad promised an increase in beach visitors, prompting investors to lay out streets and building lots on 267 . . . — Map (db m66537) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — Pier Ballroom & Bandshell
The original Ocean City Fishing Pier was financed and constructed by a number of local businessmen and community leaders. Work began in 1904 and after numerous delays was completed in time for the 1907 season. There wasn't an inlet in 1907, so the . . . — Map (db m137722) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — Shore Camping / Island Exploring
Seashore Camping Camping by the ocean and dunes can be a very enjoyable adventure. If you’ve never done it before, here are a few things you should know: 1. Tent pegs should be at least 15” long. Short pegs won’t hold in the sand. Wooden . . . — Map (db m66525) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — Stephen Tyng Mather — July 4, 1887 - Jan. 22, 1930
He laid the foundation of the National Park Service defining and establishing the policies under which its areas shall be developed and conserved unimpaired for future generations. There will never come an end to the good that he has done. — Map (db m3789) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — Students of Ocean City High School in World War II
Erected by the P.T.A. In Honor of Students of Ocean City High School who so heroically served in the Armed Forces 1941 – World War II - 1945 And dedicated to the memory of these who sacrificed their lives for Democracy, Peace and . . . — Map (db m69407) WM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — Swindler Park
This park is dedicated to the memory of Leland Stanford Swindler Brigadier General USMC Born 1893 - Died 1993 Soldier, sailor and marine he entered the service in 1912, served in WWI, the China Campaign, WWII and the Korean War. He was decorated . . . — Map (db m3780) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — The Blue Crab
This colorfully armored crustacean is one of the best known and most valuable scavengers of the bays and coves along the Atlantic shore. Crabbing Technique Tie a fish head on a piece of raw chicken to the end of a twelve foot string. . . . — Map (db m66510) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — The Henry Hotel
Henry's Hotel survives as one of a few 19th-century structures in downtown Ocean City. Built around 1895, the hotel and lot were acquired by Charles T. and Louisa Henry in December 1926. Previously known as "Henry's Colored Hotel," the enterprise . . . — Map (db m137718) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — The Horseshoe Crab
Found along the western shores of the Atlantic and the coastal waters of Asia, the unusual and fascinating horseshoe crab has proven to be a valuable ally to scientists and medical researchers. Boasting nine eyes, three in the front, one on each . . . — Map (db m66527) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — Three Ton Tire — Ripley's Believe It or Not! — Ocean City, MD —
Built by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company of Akron, Ohio, this enormous truck tire stands nearly 12 feet tall and weighs over 6,500 pounds! Used on open-pit mining trucks that can carry up to 240 tons of ore at one time, this tire was actually . . . — Map (db m137725) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — Town of Ocean City — Boardwalk Expansion and Comfort Station Renovation
This building is a replica of the original Ocean City train station, constructed in the late 19th century. Roland E. Powell, Mayor; Richard W. Meehan, Council President; James S. Hall, Council Secretary; Vincent D. Gisriel, Jr, Councilman; Sally S. . . . — Map (db m66542) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — Trail of the Whispering Giants — Maryland's Indian
This monument, representing the Assateague Indian, was sculptured by Peter Toth and given to the people of Maryland as a gift. Toth is presently sculpturing an Indian monument in each of the fifty states, to pay homage to his heritage and to raise . . . — Map (db m66528) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — Train Depot
Few of the hundreds of thousands of vacationers today are aware that a railroad once played an important role in the growth of Ocean City, Maryland. The railroad era began in 1876 and lasted for 57 years; it was the primary form of transportation . . . — Map (db m137719) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Ocean City — Treasures From The Past
Town of Berlin 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 . . . — Map (db m66541) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Pocomoke City — Beach to Bay Indian Trail
Centuries ago, Indians of the Algonquin Nation, including the Assateagues, Pocomokes, Manokins and Acquintacas, migrated seasonally between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. The Beach to Bay Indian Trail recognizes the patterns established . . . — Map (db m94457) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Pocomoke City — Boundary Line — Maryland - Virginia
State line located approximately 100 yards south of this point. In 1668 surveyors marked large Oak trees to indicate the boundary. These came to be called "Marriage Trees" as couples traveled from Virginia to wed under more lenient Maryland laws. . . . — Map (db m48604) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Pocomoke City — Costen House — (circa 1870)
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. — Map (db m66596) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Pocomoke City — Cultural Treasures
Town of Princess Anne The Town of Princess Anne, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was created by an act of Maryland's General Assembly in 1733. The town was named in honor of King George II's daughter, Anne, and is located . . . — Map (db m94459) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Pocomoke City — Mark O. Pilchard
The U.S. Route 13 Travel Information Center is dedicated to the Memory of Mark O. Pilchard In grateful Recognition of the Vision, Dedication and Leadership he provided in establishing the Center. He served the citizens of the Lower . . . — Map (db m51129) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Pocomoke City — Maryland's Eastern Shore — Hundreds of Enslaved and Free Black Men Enlisted
Although isolated from Maryland's largest population centers, the Eastern Shore was important to the state's role in the Civil War and exemplified the citizens' divided loyalties. In the years before the war, enslaved African-Americans here began . . . — Map (db m51130) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Pocomoke City — Sturgis One Room School — Museum
Originally located on Brantley Road east of Pocomoke City, the Sturgis School is one of the last remaining one-room school buildings erected to educate African-American children in Worcester County. Dating around 1900, the single-story frame . . . — Map (db m63474) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Pocomoke City — Wicomico Treasures
Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art exhibits the most comprehensive collection of wildfowl carving and art in the world.

Named for Lem and Steve Ward of Crisfield, Maryland, whose skill and vision elevated . . . — Map (db m94455) HM

Maryland (Worcester County), Snow Hill — 1917      1918
This Tablet is a Memorial to the Men of Worcester County who gave their lives for their country in the World War. Blaine B. Boggs • Ernest Livingstone • Edward J. Bonneville • Wilson U. Martin • Ara J. Bowen • Sewell W. Marshall • Claude J. . . . — Map (db m3822) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Snow Hill — 1941      1946
This tablet is a memorial to the men of Worcester County who gave their lives for their country in World War II Adams, Arthur W. • Bailey, Warren • Barnes, Herman R. • Bonnevidde, Walter P. • Coston, Felton B. • Donoway, Voyd J. • . . . — Map (db m3824) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Snow Hill — Askiminokonson — Indian Town
In 1671 the largest indian town in Maryland, jointly occupied by the Pocomoke, Annamessex, Manokin, Nassawattex and Acouintica Indians. A large reservation laid out here in 1686. — Map (db m3793) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Snow Hill — Korean War Memorial Marker
Dedicated to the memory of the men of Worcester County who gave their lives for our country in Korea. Berrien, Henry Lee • Truitt, Granville Handy • Wise, Esley • Wooten, Clarence T. — Map (db m67199) WM
Maryland (Worcester County), Snow Hill — Makemie Memorial Presbyterian Church
First in America, org.1683 has been placed on the National Register Of Historic Places By the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m50377) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Snow Hill — Nassawango Iron Furnace
Built 1832 by the Maryland Iron Company to smelt bog iron ore dug from the bed of Nassawango Creek. It was abandoned in 1847. The old furnace stack is still standing (1934). — Map (db m3819) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Snow Hill — National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark — Nassawango Iron Furnace — ca. 1828 - 1850 —
Nassawango is structurally typical of its period while distinctive in several ways: it smelted bog ore; it is principally of brick rather than stone; and of greatest significance, it probably is the earliest surviving American furnace that employed . . . — Map (db m42635) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Snow Hill — Snow Hill Town
Established in 1686 as part of Calvert's family objective to create towns and advance trade. Laid out on a sandy ridge at the head of the Pocomoke River. The town was developed as a trading center on the seaside of Somerset County, and later as a . . . — Map (db m48603) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Snow Hill — The John Blair House — Circa 1835
Long believed to be one of the oldest dwellings remaining in Snow Hill, this story-and-a-half stepped framed house evokes for many the image of an eighteenth century dwelling. Its exterior chimney and small rooms with wide pine flooring are . . . — Map (db m66561) HM
Maryland (Worcester County), Snow Hill — Vietnam War Memorial Marker
Dedicated to the memory of the men of Worcester County who gave their lives for our country in Vietnam Berger, Barry Howard • Bivens, Frederick Wood, Jr. • Briddell, Charles Littleton • Brown, Mitchell David • Gordy, Dennis Welton • Gordy, . . . — Map (db m67197) WM
Maryland (Worcester County), Snow Hill — Worcester County Courthouse — Staging Ground
In November 1861, a force of about 4,500 United States officers, soldiers, cavalrymen, and artillerists assembled in and around Snow Hill. Some of the troops camped here on the Worcester County Courthouse yard. Gen. Henry H. Lockwood commanded the . . . — Map (db m74867) HM

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