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Snow Hill, Maryland

Treasure of the Eastern Shore 

Green Street - Snow Hill, Worcester County, MDSnow Hill Today

Today, the Town of Snow Hill is a thriving community of over 2400 residents.  It serves as the County Seat for Worcester County, and draws in many travelers due to its quaint charm and recreational opportunities.

Snow Hill is governed by an elected Mayor and Council from three districts.  The median age of  the population is 38 years old. It is the oldest chartered town in Worcester County


Residential, Rural, Historical and Commercial Districts.

Snow Hill has a unique combination of districts that comprise its charm and viability as an Eastern Shore small town.

Door of the Samuel Gunn House in residential section of Snow Hill, MDResidential Area:  Snow Hill has many residential areas flanking the Town's center and along the Pocomoke River.  Areas include historic homes, newly built homes, apartments and custom built homes.  Plans are pending for retirement homes and affordable housing units.  Many of the streets are lined with mature trees, and sidewalks exist in many of the residential sections.


Windmill on a Snow Hill farm

Rural Area:  Though most of the farms lay outside the municipal limits of the town, Snow Hill is encircled with some of the most beautiful farmland on the Eastern Shore.  Farmers primarily raise chickens or corn and soybean to support the broiler industry.  Farming is a mainstay for commerce in Snow Hill and continues to be a thriving industry.  Every year in August, the Town of Snow Hill celebrates the contributions of the Agricultural Community of Worcester County with the Blessing of the Combines festival.

Snow Hill residential section

Historical Area: Snow Hill has the largest inventory of historic, stately homes on the Lower Shore.  The town has established a Historic District in order to preserve the  historic integrity of the the town.  The town also provides a "walking tour" brochure that describes many of the historic homes.

Town Hall - Bank Street - Snow Hill, MD
Commercial Area:  Between the Pocomoke River and Market Street, lies most of the commercial area of the Town.  The commercial area contains restaurants, the old Firehouse, antique shops, retail stores, a business center, galleries and many County offices.  Buildings include both historic and new.  Street parking is available as well as parking in two public lots.

Recreational Opportunities

the Port of Snow Hill - Pocomoke RiverThe Pocomoke River: This most scenic river provides numerous opportunities for recreation.  The river is deep, and being that Snow Hill lies at the head of navigation, the tide is generally calm and suitable for canoeing and kayaking.  Rental of both canoes and kayaks is available in the town.  Snow Hill also has a deep water port, with pump out station, restrooms and overnight availability for docking.  There is also a river boat that leaves from the Port of Snow Hill, providing scenic tours down the Pocomoke River in the spring and summer

The scenic Pocomoke River - Snow Hill, MDParks and Open Spaces: Snow Hill has five parks designated for recreation.  Three of the parks, Byrd Park, Sturgis Park and Gateway Park rest on the Pocomoke River.  The two other parks, Frances Sturgis Park and Fisher Park are smaller (pocket) parks that lay inside the commercial district.  The parks are landscaped with native trees (crepe myrtle, bald cypress) and have tables, pathways, restrooms and pavilions for patrons.


Lodging: The Snow Hill area has three bed and breakfasts, all located in historic homes, with rooms and accommodations for visitors.

Museums:  There are three museums in the Town of Snow Hill that reveal the heritage of the town.  They are the Julia A. Purnell Museum, The Sturgis One Room School House and Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum.

Galleries: The commercial area in Snow Hill has an art gallery and art studio located at the intersection of Bank and Green Streets.

Shopping: The commercial area also has many shopping venues that include antique malls, country stores and shops that include flowers and gifts.


Blessing of the Combines

Blessing of the Combines - Snow Hill festival - Worcester County

Each year in August, the Town of Snow Hill honors the Agricultural community in Worcester county by hosting the Blessing of the Combines festival.  The festival includes a parade of combines through the town, an antique tractor pull, entertainment, vendors and the blessing of farmers and their equipment with prayers for prosperity in the coming harvest season.

Christmas in Snow Hill

Chrismas in Snow Hill

For the last two years, the Town of Snow Hill has hosted Christmas in Snow Hill on the first Saturday in December.  Festival includes tree lighting, parade, vendors and artisans, kid's activities and various town-wide productions celebrating the Christmas season.  Festival has also included Historic House Tours.  Check with the Snow Hill Chamber of Commerce for more information.


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