The Eastern Shore

Eastern County

Lush, fertile farmlands, small towns rich with country charm, historic fishing villages, and miles and miles of unspoiled nature and pristine waterways—you won't find an area more beautiful than the five counties that make up the Mid-Eastern Shore—Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent and Queen Anne's. Over 160,000 residents make this area their home, drawn to the warmth and quality of life they find here on the Chesapeake Bay.

Living on the Eastern Shore

  • With their unique blend of shopping, art, music, dining and recreation, and their picturesque waterfront setting, it's no wonder so many Eastern Shore towns are celebrated for their livability.
    • Cambridge, one of Maryland's Main Street communities, has been featured in Coastal Living magazine.
    • Beautiful Easton was rated among the Top Ten Best Small Towns in America and one of the Top 100 Small Arts Communities in America.
    • Enchanting inns, gourmet restaurants, boutique wineries and unique specialty shops invite you to take a leisurely stroll through quaint historic hamlets, such as St. Michaels, Oxford, Centreville and Denton.
    • An 18th-century jewel on Maryland's Eastern Shore and home to historic Washington College, Chestertown was recently named among America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
  • Waterfront homes are plentiful in the region. Or, make a wonderful historic home your own. With our close proximity to so many recreational amenities—from the bay itself to our dozens of golf courses and more—homes on the Eastern Shore provide residents with a relaxed style of living, close to your practice.
  • From the Eastern Shore, you're just a short drive from some of the region's biggest cities. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge allows easy access to the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, and you're just a few hours from Philadelphia and New York.

Learning on the Eastern Shore

  • The Eastern Shore is the ideal place to raise a family. The award-winning school districts in this five-county area serve over 42,500 students from kindergarten through high school. The commitment to excellence shared by all school districts makes our area one of the most sought after by families of school-age children. And there are numerous private and academic schools within the area.

Working on the Eastern Shore

  • The Eastern Shore communities have a vibrant economy. Here, you'll find a blend of industries old and new, from fishing and agriculture, to new manufacturing and new technologies. While the area workforce is employed primarily in service, tourism and the fishing/agriculture sectors, manufacturing accounts for nearly 30% of total employment.
  • The area's proximity to transportation resources—highway, rail, truck, water and air—make it attractive to national and international companies from a variety of industries.

Relaxing on the Eastern Shore

  • Thousands of acres of wildlife sanctuaries, nature preserves, parks and campgrounds provide miles of hiking trails and plenty of places to camp, hunt and even hang-glide.
  • Canoeing, kayaking, fishing, boating and bird watching await the water and nature enthusiast on freshwater lakes, Chesapeake Bay marinas, and miles and miles of rivers and creeks.
  • There's always something happening on the Eastern Shore. Events like the Rockfish Tournament in June, and Party on the Bay in August fill the summers in coastal towns like Rock Hall. They can be delicious in the off-season, too, when you can enjoy Chesapeake Bay seafood at its best.

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Talbot County

Caroline County

Dorchester County

Kent County

Queen Anne’s County