Today - what has changed?
As transportation technology changed and other agricultural markets grew throughout the US, the towns on the Lower thrived less and many of the native families moved to areas where more population meant more opportunity.
The seafood industry - primarily crabs, oysters and fish has shrunk with the changing of the eco-system in the Chesapeake Bay, the Coastal Bays and the local rivers. Seafood, however is still a popular export for the Lower Shore. The Agricultural industry has shifted focusing primarily on the broiler industry. Chickens have become synonymous with the Lower Eastern Shore with the visibility of chicken houses, soy bean and corn fields used to feed chickens and the rise to fame of Lower Shore native Frank Perdue - "the tough man who makes a tender chicken".
Due to the heritage visible in the charm of the small towns and the beauty of the natural resources, the Lower Shore has become a Mecca for travelers and visitors. Due to the attraction of the Atlantic beaches, the waterfront communities, fourteen local museums, golf courses, outdoor recreational opportunities, two universities, unique shopping venues, and the friendliness of the local people, the Lower Shore continues to draw vacationers, weekender and day-trippers who want to experience that which is singularly unique to this area.
Today - what remains the same?
The charm and integrity of the small towns is still prevalent, as a great appreciation for heritage and the preservation of that heritage exists in both the natives and the new-comers. Communities ties are strong.
The natural beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, the rivers, marshes, forests and wildlife is apparent all over the Lower Shore. It is not uncommon to see great blue herons and bald eagles as you drive down the highway. Wildlife refuges are well maintained and many are open to the public.
The friendliness of the native people, their willingness to share their culture and heritage and their slow pace of life still exists on the Lower Shore. People "live" their lives on the Lower Shore - they don't rush through life.
A Closer View of some Lower Shore small towns