I first visited Salisbury on a poorly planned trip to Ocean City, Maryland. Large amounts of rainfall cancelled a trout fishing trip so I drove all night to Ocean City and arrived in the early morning one day before my reservations began. Unfortunately, this was the weekend of a major fishing tournament in Ocean City and there wasn’t a room to be found for less than a small fortune. After a brief visit to the Atlantic Ocean I drove back to Salisbury and found a very reasonably priced room. The hotel had brochure with some local attractions and that is how I found out about Salisbury.
One place that I wanted to see was the local Mason-Dixon Line marker. I have live on both sides of the line and driven past a local marker in West Virginia probably hundreds of times. The marker located to the northwest of Salisbury is pretty unremarkable but provides an opportunity to see a small memento of a significant point in American history.
Salisbury itself is home to the Salisbury Zoological Park. The park exhibits hundreds of animals in natural habitats. The bears and monkeys were my favorites, but reptiles, birds, and other mammals are on display as well. The park is located on South Park Drive.
On South Schumacher Drive in Salisbury is the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. The Museum displays a wonderful collection of waterfowl decoys. It might not sound too exciting but it is actually quite interesting. Exhibits on waterfowl habitat and other related topics are represented as well.
The Poplar Hill Mansion on Elizabeth Street in Salisbury is an early 1800’s home. The mansion is furnished in period pieces with many interesting architectural features of both the Georgian and Federal styles. Admission is very reasonable to the Mansion.
Located south of Salisbury is the Nassawango Iron Furnace and Furnace Town. The Nassawango Iron Furnace was home to one of the earliest industrial endeavors in the Americas. The area is still in the process of being explored and rebuilt, but enough is present to gain an appreciation of the activities in the region. Furnace Town is a period industrial village that offers numerous historic structures with workers showcasing the skills of the early workers. A small fee is charged for joint admission to both.
While many people simply drive through this area on their way to the beaches of Ocean City, Salisbury is well worth a stop. If you are looking for a cheap and quiet beach vacation you might want to consider staying in Salisbury and commuting to the beach. Staying in Salisbury will also allow you a short drive to visit the Chesapeake Bay as well!