Crisfield Travel Guide

  • Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield
    Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield
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Crisfield Things to Do

  • Things to do in Crisfield, MD

    Crisfield is just a small town, with a small town feel. You wont be "wowed" by its appearance but you will get a relaxed "Island Time" vibe. The town has its down season, which is Oct thru April. If your coming to Crisfield come in late spring to early fall. There are two very big festivals, Millard Tawes clam bake in June, and Hard Crab Derby on...

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  • Rodeo Style "Boat Docking"

    Crisfield Boat Docking And Crab DerbyEvery year the local fisherman get together for the Annual Boat Docking. They clean up their Dead Rise fishing boats and compete for recognition and cash by docking their boats in the fastest time.Now this may sound like a big snooze but the reality is anything but. The Captains have a shotgun start dockside,...

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  • Woolies - Maritime Artwork of the Past

    One of the displays at the Crisfield museum was a lot of very interesting embroideries called Woolies.Woolies are embroideries made with wool thread on linen or cotton fabric. Usually long stitch was used. Silk, linen or cotton threads were used to highlight details. Occasionally mica, carved tortoise shell, whalebone or ebony were used to...

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  • Festivals and Fairs

    There are many events throughout the year that take place in Crisfield. 2007 SCHEDULEMay 27, 2007 - SundaySOFT SHELL SPRING FAIR12 noon - 5 pm at the City Dock, fresh local seafood, arts and crafts, Waterman's Hall of Fame Awards, Live entertainment. FREE Admission. Bay Discovery Camp (usually in June) James Island State Park. Nature activities for...

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  • Visit the Seafood Houses

    The escorted walking tour (which I have not taken) leaves from the J. Millard Tawes Museum M-Sa at 10:00 a.m. It goes by a working boatyard, makes a stop at Metompkin Seafood where crabs and oysters are processed, and visits the depot area where the boats leave daily for Smith and Tangier Islands. Afterwards, talk to Binky Dize at the crab shanty...

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  • Lem and Steve Ward's Workshop

    I have additional pictures of the Ward Brothers` House and Shop --Crisfield (Somerset) Listing:National Register which was part of the trolley tour.It has been carefully restored at it's original location next to the salt marshes of Pocomoke Sound. The workshop illustrates the methods of the most important artists in the decoy carving and painting...

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Crisfield Restaurants

  • Crabby

    The marina gave us 'wooden nickels' which the boy said were good for a free beer or half price meal. (I asked him if beer was that expensive here.) It turned out to be $1.00 off for each token. It was a bit early for dinner and very late for lunch as it was only a little after 4, but we climbed the fire escape like steps outside the restaurant...

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  • Ice Cream

    We meandered slowly in the heat up main street to Gordon's Confectionery, which had Hershey's ice cream. This has no ambiance or decor. There were some locals occupying shabby tables and chairs at the back, and there was a TV tuned to a sports broadcast.dlitedirector wrote: "No ambience or decor." ???? Seriously? Gordon's is authentic and real....

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  • Open Monday and Tuesday

    The Cove Restaurant is a nice restaurant but not excessively nice. The prices are reasonable.The tables are wood and there is stainless tableware with paper place mats. In 2004, the placemats have lighthouses on them, but none of them are Chesapeake Bay lighthouses. In 2007, they had a map of Tangier Sound. There are big windows along one side of...

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Crisfield Nightlife

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    Sunset from our boat

    by grandmaR Written Sep 12, 2004

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    There isn't much night life in Crisfield AFAIK. The nicest thing to do is dine where you can watch the sunset, have an ice cream cone from the pavillion at the end of the dock, or, as I am doing here, watching from the deck of my boat .

    Dress Code: Come as you are

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Crisfield Transportation

  • Lower Eastern Shore Transit

    There is a Crisfield Trolley which does the Crisfield Loop for 50 cents four times a day. (9:30, 10:30, 11:30 and 3:30) The loop isSomers Cove MarinaCrisfield DockTawes MuseumSubway/Meatland marketMarion PharmacyCarvel Hall (closed Monday)Crisfield Somerset Co AirportJanes Island State ParkMcDonaldsMcCready HsopitalMeatland/SubwayCrisfield...

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  • Bikes

    Crisfield's main street is quite wide and there's not much traffic because the road dead ends there. It is also pretty flat country. So bicycles are a common mode of transportation. The marina rents bikes, although I don't know if they would rent them if you weren't there on a boat.

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Crisfield Shopping

  • Fresh Seafood

    I took the picture because of the bench in front of the window. I didn't try to buy any seafood because we would have had no way to use it up and no real way to keep it fresh on the boat.

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  • Make your own Souveniers

    This is a store called "Play With Pottery". Apparently one can go here and make your own ceramics. I took the photo while I was waiting for Bob to get finished looking around the hardware store. The building is the old Eastern Shore Bank building, and what is there now may be a real estate office as of 2/26/2007

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  • Seafood

    This place ships seafood to you from Crisfield.I haven't used their service but it looks appetizing. Best Selling Products: Lobster Tails Shrimp Crabs Crab Cakes Crabmeat Crab Legs Soft Crabs Soup Clams Oysters Scallops Fresh Fish Seasonings Cookbooks

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Crisfield Local Customs

  • Decoy Ducks - Ward Brothers

    The Ward Brothers (Lem and Steve) were sons of a Crisfield barber and boatbuilder. They produced nearly 25,000 decoys in 60 years of work. Lem's daughter Ida still resides in the adjacent family house. The shop is on Sackertown Road which is near the marshes, shores and waters of Jenkins Creek about 40 miles south of Salisbury.They revolutionized...

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  • Crab Town

    Although Annapolis is "Crab Town" in CB lingo, the real crab town in Maryland is Crisfield.The street signs in Crisfield all have an outline of a crab on them. This one was on the corner next to The Cove Restaurant. I don't know the significance of Charles Adams Corner.

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  • Tawes businesses

    The Tawes family is really BIG in Crisfield. In addition to the Tawes Museum, and the library in the old Gov. Tawes home, every other business seems to be owned by a Tawes.

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Crisfield Warnings and Dangers

  • J. Millard Tawes Museum

    I hate museums that prohibit photography, especially if there is no real reason for it. This museum doesn't have any reason that I can see to prohibit photography - no old valuable paintings or anything that would be damaged by a flash or anything like that.This was an attempt to get a picture of the oyster processing information, and the...

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  • Watermen Driving

    "Look both ways before crossing the streets. Some of our citizens are more accustomed to driving boats than motor vehicles" This is the warning on the walking tour map.The second picture was taken as we were coming into the harbor. The big new building is on the right. There's a power boat going in ahead of us, one at the dock, and just visible on...

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  • Don't be Crabby

    The directions on the Walking Tour map say:"Stay together and stand in the designated areas while in the packing houses. The owners are always looking for extra employees!!""Enjoy yourself and remember - DON'T BE CRABBY OR A WATERMAN "WILL GET YA!""This is a picture of the seafood processing plant ofH. Glenwood Evans and SonsP.O. Box 468Crisfield,...

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Crisfield Tourist Traps

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    by grandmaR Updated Jul 12, 2003

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    Admission to the museum is $2.50 each. It is very small, and in general is just above the level of a good science fair project. There is a single aquarium tank, a log canoe exhibit, and some exhibits on oysters and crabs. No photography is permitted in the museum. The gift shop is open less hours than the museum.

    Unique Suggestions: There is a pretty interesting video tape which has a very good explanation of the history of the town - it was produced by MPT.

    It includes the sex life of the crab. The female gets under the male and sheds her shell. He stands over her to protect her. She lies on her back, and allows him to fertilize her eggs. I had not know the details of this before.

    Fun Alternatives: The best thing about the museum is the bus tour, and apparently if you take the bus tour (which lasts about an hour and costs $2.50) you can then get into the museum for $1.00 instead of $2.50.

    They also had a guest exhibition of 'woolies' when we were there. These were needlework pictures (they might even be called crewel work), usually of tall ships, which were stitched with wool thread on linen or canvas by sailors in the same way that they also did scrimshaw work.

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Crisfield Off The Beaten Path

  • J. Millard Tawes Library Museum

    Construction of this house was begun in 1887 by the Governor's father, James Tawes at about the same time as he married Alice Byrd (Tawes) who might have been a relative of Curley Byrd.The house was originally a two-story center hall home which was common on the Eastern Shore at that time. The columned portico on the front and a porte cochere...

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  • See the Crab Pickers

    From the Side Street Market, you can also take a tour of J. C. W. Tawes & Son and watch the pickers in action. Watch the work boats bringing in their catch each day and watch the process the crabs go through until they reach the pickers. A good picker can do 15 lbs of crab meat an hour (for a short time).The photo shows J. C. Tawes from the water...

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  • Janes Island State Park

    Go to Jane's Island State Park and enjoy the nature trails or have a picnic in one of the pavilions. You can do this as a day trip, or you can camp. Jane's Island has about 25 boat slips in a marina available on a first come first serve basis and there is also a boat ramp. There are kayaks and canoes for rent with a number of 'water trails' around...

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Crisfield Sports & Outdoors

  • Anchorage

    Boats sometimes anchor in the Crisfield harbor basin. It is possible to do this although it is quite a busy area with boats docked all the way around the perimeter. I personally would not do it. You have to pay for dinghy dockage at the municipal marina if you do this.

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  • Hunting

    The hunting dog pictured is local to the Chesapeake Bay and is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. This dogs are generally liver brown with a dense flat curley coat. They are heavy bodied dogs somewhat like the lab except that they are brown instead of black. They love the water so they were used as duck or goose hunting dogs. We had one of these dogs and...

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  • Somers Cove Marina

    This is a very large marina which has the usual amenities - laundry facilities, showers, pump out and fuel dock with gas and diesel.In addtion they also have a pool, tennis courts, boat storage, Concierge Accommodations, Van Service, free email phone line (which I could not get to work for me), bicycle rentals, boat launching ramp, pavilions for...

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  • Things to do in Crisfield

    Eat seafood (photo 2). Pick up seafood to go. (Some markets will pack it in ice for traveling.) There is a fresh seafood store under the restaurant (photo 3 advertising steamed crabs) where I took this picture on the outside deck (photo 4 and 5)Take a cruise to Tangier or Smith Island.

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  • Things to do on the Water

    Take Cedar Island Sanctuary kayak & canoe wildlife and photography expedition through the marshes (inquire at Tawes museum)Swim in the Brick Kiln areaRent a kayak or canoe from Tangier Sound Outfitters. Or rent a motorboat at Croaker Boats 410-968-0300

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  • More Things to Do In Crisfield

    Fish or crab. Bait and licenses can be obtained in hardware stores or bait shops. The city dock has places for doing both.Visit a seafood plant and watch the processing of soft and hard crabs. Free tour if available - inquire at Somerset Co. Visitor's Center.Go birdwatching. I haven't been to this, but it should be a good source of...

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