Salisbury

Overview

Introduction

Salisbury, Maryland, is a relatively large inland town near the Delaware border, 85 mi/135 km southeast of Baltimore. Salisbury can be used as a base to see area sights, among which are the early-1800s Poplar Hill Mansion, as well as the Downtown Plaza and Newton Historic Districts. We also recommend visits to the Art Institute and Gallery, River Walk Park and Salisbury Zoo and Park, a fine, small zoo with animals in natural-habitat settings.

If you're interested in the art of wood carving, don't miss the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, a lavish facility that traces the history of wood carving from its use by Native Americans to its present-day popularity. The museum's idyllic setting overlooking Schumaker Pond enables visitors to observe wildfowl in nature as they examine wildfowl depicted in works of art.

Deal Island (20 mi/32 km southwest of Salisbury) hosts the annual Skipjack Race and Festival every Labor Day weekend. These lumbering, oyster-dredging sailboats, built to move slowly through the water, are not as common a sight as they once were, but there are a few of them still in use on the bay (some harvesting oysters, others carrying tourists).

Snow Hill (20 mi/32 km southeast of Salisbury) offers the Julia Purnell Museum (historical displays) and Furnace Town, a re-created iron-furnace and the village that grew around it, originally built in the 1800s.

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