This is our heritage…
Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore is a rural region with a wealth of historic, cultural and natural resources that distinguish it from other places in the state and country. The lower shore counties of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester encompass a vast region stretching from the shorelines of Tangier Sound and Chesapeake Bay to the washed beaches of the Atlantic seaboard. The Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Area is the only place in Maryland where the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay are only an hour’s drive from each other.
From earliest time, life on the Lower Eastern Shore has depended on the Atlantic Ocean, the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, the marshes and land between. Compelling evidence of past peoples and cultures reverberates throughout the various corners of the region. The Manokin, Nanticoke, Pocomoke and Wicomico Rivers and the outer bays connect the past and present, towns with history, and homes with open spaces.
The seafood industry and agriculture have long formed the backbone of the lower shore economy, sustaining a way of life built on the resources of land and water. A number of factors have adversely affected these traditional industries over the past decade, decreasing the economic base of the area and threatening its rich heritage.
Wetlands and agriculture nestled between small towns and urban center. The quiet villages amid the beauty of the vibrant marshland and stoic forests. The sight and the sounds of the ocean, rivers and bay, as watermen guide their boats through the early morning mist. The glimpse of the deer standing in the field, bushy red fox trotting beside us and the vast array of birds flying overhead as we move along the road less traveled, are daily reminders of how precious this region is that we call the Lower Eastern Shore.
LESHC Annual Luncheon Meeting January 22, 2014
Mark your calendar and don't be left out! LESHC Annual Luncheon Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury, MD in the Flanders Room.
Heritage Award nominations Due November 21, 2013
Prestigious Annual Heritage Award Nominations are now being accepted ! Nomination are due November 21, 2013.
Download a nomination form here
Over $2.7 million awarded by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority - read more about it !
Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Area is pleased to announce Maryland Heritage Area Authority has awarded a total of $225,078 in grant funding to organizations in Wicomico, Worcester, and Somerset Counties.
Project Title: Heritage Area Management Grant
Recipient: Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Committee, Inc.
Grant Award: $95,328
Project Title: Double Mills Grist Mill Restoration: Foundation and Exterior Repairs
Recipient: Double Mills, Inc. Grant Award: $25,000
Project Title: Pemberton Hall – Improve Interpretive Displays and Conserve Artifacts
Recipient: Pemberton Hall Foundation, Inc. Grant Award: $18,750
Project Title: Teackle Mansion Restoration
Recipient: Friends of Teackle Mansion, Inc. Grant Award: $75,000
Project Title: Walkable, Bikeable Berlin Focus Groups for Walking/Biking Trail Development
Recipient: Lower Shore Land Trust, Inc. Grant Award: $11,000