The area's heritage of farming and fishing is carried on from ancestors who in the 1660's began settling the area which is now Wicomico County. They cultivated the land, worked the waters, built the communities and passed on to their children a way of life where work is intertwined with the pleasures of the seashore, fishing, boating and wildlife.
The City of Salisbury, at the headwaters of the Wicomico River, was chartered in 1732. As its potential as a port and regional distribution center was recognized and schools, churches and cultural institutions were established, Salisbury quickly became the dominant city on the peninsula. With the creation in 1867 of Wicomico County from portions of Somerset and Worcester counties, Salisbury was named the county seat, and has grown to become the hub of the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Today Wicomico County holds onto its rural roots while embracing the future. The area is a center of high technology industry, top quality medical care, and world class institutions of higher learning.
The city is experiencing a new boon in local businesses, events, and culture-- art, food, music and otherwise. We recently became the host of the National Folk Festival for 2018-2020, which draws 100,000 people every year. We hold our own Downtown Festival, completely transforming our downtown into a hive of activity, food and fun. Artists and vendors around the area join together on the Third Friday of each month for a celebration of their work and the work of others.
Short facts about Salisbury and Wicomico County
- County seat of Wicomico County.
- Located at the crossing of U.S. Highway 13 (connecting New York and New Jersey to Norfolk and points south) and U.S. Highway 50 (the popular tourist route to Ocean City, Maryland).
- Commercial and Government center for Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore (Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester Counties), Sussex County, Delaware, and Virginia's Eastern Shore.
- Recreation facilities abound here with 58 parks, 34 nature trails, 4 golf courses, 80 tennis courts, 76 ball fields, and 44 basketball courts
- As a Chesapeake Bay maritime community, we boast the second largest water port in Maryland plus 14 boat ramps and 6 marinas with over 400 boat slips.
- The Newtown and Camden historic districts contain hundreds of Victorian-style homes.
- The Salisbury Zoological Park is located along side the South branch of the Wicomico River, features animals of North and South America, and charges no admission fees
- We are home to Maryland's two fastest growing institutions of higher learning, Salisbury University and Wor-Wic Community College. University of Maryland's Eastern Shore campus is a short trip away.