Travel down Route 113 far enough, and you’ll find yourself on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. But don’t cross that state line right away–first, make sure you stop to experience all the beauty and charm that is Pocomoke City, Maryland.
It’s possible you’ve only ever heard the town referred to as “Pocomoke,” because that’s what most locals call it. Technically it is Pocomoke City, after the name changed from one to the other in 1878, but call it what you want, it’s a pretty cool place.
Pocomoke’s nickname is “The Friendliest Town on the Eastern Shore,” and I can verify that their slogan is quite possibly the truth. I only spoke to a small handful of locals while I was there, but they were all perfectly nice and helpful and pointed me in the right direction when it came to checking out all the important landmarks and scenic spots in town.
What can I say, I’m really into historic buildings and old-school, small-town charm, of which there’s plenty on Delmarva. If you look forward to visiting Berlin every summer, then you’ll definitely be taken with Pocomoke, too.
Two important structures in Pocomoke that we didn’t photograph, due to an expansive construction scene in front of them on that particular day, are the Sturgis One Room School House and the Heritage House next door. The segregated School House for African American students served the community from 1900 – 1937, and operates today as a museum that displays the local, segregated education system of the early 20th century.
Kristin is a writer and picture-taker in Ocean City, Maryland. She's the content manager of OceanCity.com and loves getting reader-submitted stories and photos, so send her an email anytime. She also works part-time at the Art League of Ocean City and the Ocean City Film Festival and lives just off the island with her dog and fiancé.