DescriptionOriginally a settlement at the intersection of Native American trails and the Wicomico River, Salisbury was chartered in 1732. Beginning as an important stop for freight and passenger coaches, it later became a railroad freight center.
Salisbury is the state's second largest port and the largest city on Maryland's eastern shore as well as the trade and transportation center for the Delmarva Peninsula. Flatboat ferries still operate on the eastern shore. The Upper Ferry at Salisbury is guided by a cable and powered by a small outboard motor as it takes travelers across the Wicomico River.
Newtown Historic District, north of Salisbury Parkway (US 50), covers six blocks. The homes, which reflect several architectural styles, date from the early to late 1800s. Poplar Hill Mansion, (410) 749-1776, and the Art Institute and Gallery, (410) 546-4748, also may be visited. Headquarters Live! music performances are held at the historic fire department building, 115 S. Division St.; phone (443) 358-5329 for the box office.
InfoOfficeSalisbury Area Chamber of Commerce 144 E. Main St. SALISBURY, MD 21803. Phone:(410)749-0144
Self-guiding toursInformation and maps for tours of the historic district are available at the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce.
Attraction PlaceHoldersSalisbury Zoo