Pocomoke, Maryland is a small, relaxed city of less than 5000 residents, located about 14.7 miles North-East of Wallops Island, Virginia. It’s known as “The Friendliest Town on the Eastern Shore” for a reason and has been an All-America City Finalist in the past.
Things to Do in Pocomoke City
Pocomoke hosts many flea markets and annual festivals, such as the Great Pocomoke Fair. Its downtown features the historic Mar-Va Theater. There you can enjoy a live show or a movie you may have missed on its first week in the box office. If that doesn’t sound relaxing enough, you can take a stroll down the Nature Trail in Cypress Park or along the bank of the scenic Pocomoke River. If you want a more historic experience, visit the Costen House or the Sturgis One-Room Schoolhouse and learn about the town’s past. A must-see for science lovers, is the town’s Discovery Center, with updated exhibits, located just past the town’s bridge.
Places to Eat Near and in Pocomoke City
When you get peckish, stop by Riverside Grill for either a delicious item from their menu or build your own sandwich. Try Don’s Seafood and Chicken House if you’re in the mood for seafood or a nice cake. If you want a quick bite, or a richly roasted coffee, visit the town’s newly opened coffee shop, Beanery & Bites, located on Market Street.
History of Pocomoke City
Settled in the 1600’s, Pocomoke City has known a few names. It was formerly known as Stevens Landing, and then Newtown, before it adopted the name Pocomoke City in 1878. “Pocomoke” is thought to mean “broken ground” or “dark waters”, for its obsidian tinted river. Pocomoke City, or just Pocomoke as it’s called by locals, has cycled through many changes in primary industry and has been rebuilt several times, somehow managing to maintain its historical sites. After its settlement, Pocomoke quickly evolved into a booming shipbuilding center. It continued to serve that purpose throughout the early 19th and late 20th centuries. Fur, whiskey, and tobacco from Pocomoke found their way to ports in Baltimore, Philadelphia and even New York. Since then, Pocomoke has become Worcester County’s industrial center as it is home to a 98-acre industrial park. Despite its new purpose, the town has been able to stay true to its historic roots.