Did you know that Snow Hill, MD coined the phrase “First Friday”? Yep, true story! That’s just one of many interesting facts we learned when we went day trippin’ to Snow Hill, MD!
During our recent day trip to Snow Hill, town administrators Ann Gibbs and Michael Day gave us a brief history of the town. Located on the banks of the Pocomoke River, Snow Hill was the logical county seat for Worcester County, Maryland. Snow Hill’s proximity to the river lead to its prosperous history as an active port, transporting agricultural goods and iron around the area. Snow Hill was originally chartered in 1686 and was officially designated a royal port by William and Mary of England in 1694. They filled our arms with as many brochures and pamphlets as we could possibly hold and sent us off to explore.
The town of Snow Hill is home to three schools, twelve churches, three museums, three riverside parks; with a handful of nature parks and trails right outside town limits, Snow Hill truly has something fun for everyone. The streets are filled with charming, old homes and building facades that are incredibly intricate. We could walk around staring at the architectural detail for hours. Walking along we noticed that many of the historic homes are located along Church St. One of our favorite details of the town was that three of the historic homes have been turned into adorable little bed and breakfasts – a few of them have even begun renting out rooms on Air BnB to make your booking experience that much more convenient!
Better yet, Snow Hill has recently applied to become a part of the Main Street Affiliate Program. While they are still waiting to hear back if they have been accepted or not, Michael Day, Berlin’s former economic development director, played a key role in helping Berlin become a part of the Main Street Affiliate Program so we have high hopes for Snow Hill’s success. Snow Hill is also working to become known for their arts & entertainment district. Ann and Michael told us that they owe much of the town’s success to Ann Coates, owner of Bishop’s Stock, for leading the initiative. Her gallery, Bishop’s Stock, features work solely created by local artists and she changes their exhibit each month to feature someone new. Pearl Street in downtown Snow Hill is even known as “Art Gallery Row” as the street is lined with art galleries and artisans.
With heaps of history, art galleries galore, and acres of parks and trails, consider Snow Hill for your next Eastern Shore day trip location. Also, keep your eyes here because we’ll be following up with several more articles on must-see stops along the way!