DescriptionChesapeake City came into existence because of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, which links Delaware and Chesapeake bays across the Delmarva Peninsula. Work on the canal began in 1803, but the waterway did not open for navigation until 1829. It allows oceangoing vessels serving Baltimore and other northern ports to avoid the 296-mile trip around the peninsula.
The canal proved to be of vital strategic importance during World War II, when ships used it to escape enemy submarines in the Atlantic Ocean. Today, as an avenue for pleasure craft traveling the inland waterway, the canal is the impetus for many of Chesapeake City's businesses.
Things to SeeC&D Canal Museum