The “Seafood Capital of the World,” otherwise known as Crisfield, is in Somerset County. This waterfront town is famous for its seafood, especially the Maryland blue crab. Visit the Governor Tawes Historical Museum and you’ll become familiar with the history of Maryland’s southernmost town and its number one tradition: seafood.
From Crisfield, take a cruise boat or ferry to Smith Island, where the simple lifestyle of its citizens has been the same for years. It’s Maryland’s only off-shore island that is inhabited. Recently, Smith Islanders promoted their Smith Island cake – a 10-layer cake that’s available in different flavors – as Maryland’s official dessert.
In the historic district of Princess Anne, the county seat, you can visit the county’s historical society, located in the Teackle Mansion, an imposing replica of a Scottish manor house. At the Burgess Americana Museum, thousands of items from rural life at the beginning of the 20th century are on display. The Fairmount Academy in Upper Fairmount is another reminder of days gone by. This two-story gothic revival structure is the last 19th-century schoolhouse standing in the country.
Visit the Somerset County web site.