Princess Anne was founded in 1733 as a place for the county seat of
Somerset County - the southernmost county in Maryland. The town
was named for the 24 year old daughter of King George II. The town was
situated at the headwaters of the Manokin River, a major tributary
running to the Chesapeake Bay (today the River is not navigable in
Teackle Mansion - Home of the Somerset County Historical Society
In the mid 18th century, Princess
Anne gained considerable importance as a market center because of
the river trade and the southward extension of the railroad on
Maryland’s Eastern Shore. At that time, the Manokin River was
navigable as far as the bridge at Princess Anne.
Much of the town’s architectural
heritage from those days has been preserved. About 150 acres of the
old town, containing about 300 structures, is entered on the
National Register of Historic Places.
The Town of Princess
Anne exemplifies "Small Town America." With a
population just under 2400 people, the town is one of the most
historically in-tact towns on the Eastern Shore.
Ranked # 3 Small Town
in the State of Maryland by ePodunk
Historic Small Towns (after Frostburg and Easton), Princess Anne abounds
with history, culture and American Heritage in its purest form.
overflows with attractions and amenities, yet still keeps a quiet
rural charm and a home-town feel.
There are two Universities (including
the University of Maryland Eastern Shore located in Princess Anne), a
Community College, a Professional Baseball Team (the Delmarva Shore
Birds), 3 State Parks, several shopping malls, and over 20 museums
that uncover and interpret the culture and heritage of the Lower
One of the greatest local attractions is, of course
- the Atlantic Beaches which include Ocean City, Maryland,
Assateague, Chincoteague, Rehoboth, Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island.
Attractions include Golfing, hiking,
biking, bird-watching, swimming, fishing, boating, shopping, and
site-seeing. The links below will show just a few of the
attractions and amenities the Lower Shore has to offer
More Princess Anne
Princess Anne Website
Lower Eastern Shore Small Towns near Princess Anne
on Maryland's Lower Shore