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Salisbury is the largest city on the Eastern Shore (granting that Ocean City’s population waxes and wanes seasonally). It began as a mill community in the center of dense woods in 1732. The Wicomico River provided critical water access to the Chesapeake, and Salisbury grew as the principal crossroads of the southern Delmarva Peninsula. The importance of water travel during colonial times was emphasized by the prevalence of ferries; one that survives today is the Whitehaven Ferry, on the very southern end of the county. Another Eastern Shore icon, the Red Roost Restaurant in Whitehaven (“The Original All-You-Can-Eat Crabhouse”) continues to ...

Salisbury is the largest city on the Eastern Shore (granting that Ocean City’s population waxes and wanes seasonally). It began as a mill community in the center of dense woods in 1732. The Wicomico River provided critical water access to the Chesapeake, and Salisbury grew as the principal crossroads of the southern Delmarva Peninsula. The importance of water travel during colonial times was emphasized by the prevalence of ferries; one that survives today is the Whitehaven Ferry, on the very southern end of the county. Another Eastern Shore icon, the Red Roost Restaurant in Whitehaven (“The Original All-You-Can-Eat Crabhouse”) continues to live up to its name. Eat until you bust, come by car or boat, but come. This place is the quintessential Eastern Shore eatery. Try not to pig out on the multitude of appetizers before the main dish shows up. Today, the town continues to thrive as a center of commerce, and offers major historical and recreational activities for visitors thanks to an active historical society. Salisbury features two unique attractions: the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, with its astounding carved-wood representations of wildlife, and Salisbury Pewter, one of the oldest and most venerated names in the craft. Visitors to Salisbury Pewter have a chance to see artisans at work while picking up some good buys. Tiffany, the largest buyer, sells Salisbury pewter under its own trademark; the second biggest consumer of engraved pewter is the U.S. government. An open-air zoo in the center of the town park is a delightful spot for children and adults, and a number of good restaurants offer refreshment after a stroll.

Joanne Miller
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Joanne Miller is the author of several Moon guidebooks, including Pennsylvania Handbook, Chesapeake Bay Handbook, and Maryland/Delaware Handbook.

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    Salisbury is open year-round, though spring-autumn is the best time to visit.