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Off the Beaten Path – A Day in Pocomoke City

A lot of you already know that the Pocomoke River region offers some great outdoor activities such as paddling, hiking and biking.  However you may not be aware of Pocomoke City, MD, a gem of a town on the beautiful Pocomoke River.  We recently had an opportunity to spend the day in Pocomoke City and were very impressed with all this historic town had to offer. 


A former center of commerce and industry, the town is full of historic charm. Pocomoke City offers multiple retail and dining options as well as pocket parks, nature trails, and gorgeous views of the river.  The town also features several attractions that individually are worth the trip and taken together make Pocomoke City a great day trip destination when visiting the Ocean City area.


The Delmarva Discovery Center (DDC) served as our host and command central for the day.  The DDC features the area’s largest aquarium, highlighting the ecology of the Pocomoke River.  The numerous exhibits and hands on activities bring the culture, history and ecology of the area to life.  Walk in the foot-steps of the area’s earliest inhabitants as you tour the cypress swamp exhibits and get a taste of the waterman’s life as you try your hand at the oyster tongs or the steam ship wheel.  The DDC offers enjoyment for all ages and the knowledgeable staff will provide you with a fun and educational experience.


Equally impressive was the newly restored Mar-Va Theater Performing Arts Center.  Built in 1927 and now restored to its original splendor the theater offers year round entertainment opportunities including movies, plays, pageants, and workshops.  Be sure to stop in for a show or a tour when you are in town.


Step back in time with tours of the Costen House and the Sturgis One-Room School. These beautifully restored structures provide a glimpse into small town life during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The Costen House features magnificent antiques and period pieces including a square grand piano, courting chair, and original letters and works of art.  Following your tour of Costen House enjoy a stroll through the beautifully landscaped grounds and memorial garden.  A short walk down Market Street will lead you to the Sturgis One-Room School, the only African-American one-room school in Worcester County that retains its original integrity.  The furnishings and exhibits capture the experience of the 1900s schoolhouse and depict a day in the life of the turn of the century teacher.  The rules and guidelines required of these early educators seem humorous by today’s standards, but demonstrate the importance of education in the early 1900s as well as today.


We topped the day off with a cruise on the Bay Queen with Captain John Riggi.  Captain John is a great host and offers a variety of cruise and entertainment options.  So next time you want to paddle the Pocomoke make sure you stop off in Pocomoke City for a day of culture, history, and nature.


Happy Paddling




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