Ocean City, Maryland is better known for its beaches, pier and other fun summer vacation activities. However, there is more to do while visiting than simply sitting on the beach or frolicking in the Atlantic Ocean. Ocean City was founded in 1875, and it has many historical sites located within its borders and in the surrounding areas that date back to that time period. Some go back even further. Here are the top four that you should consider visiting during your next trip to the shore.
1) Calvin B. Taylor House Museum, 208 Main Street, Berlin, MD 21811
The Calvin B. Taylor House Museum is owned by the Berlin Heritage Foundation, who have restored the house to its former glory and turned into a place worth visiting. The house was built in 1832 for Isaac Covington. However, it gets its name from an owner from the 1890s – Calvin B. Taylor, who founded his namesake Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company. The house is located in the city of Berlin’s historic district, which includes many other properties, all of which are on the National Register of Historic Places.
2) Atlantic Hotel, Boardwalk and Wicomico Street, Ocean City, MD 21843
The original Atlantic Hotel was one of the first built in Ocean City. It opened its doors on July 4, 1875. Although the original structure was destroyed in an 1925 fire that also took out parts of the boardwalk, the Atlantic Hotel was rebuilt the next year, and has been in operation ever since. Yes, you can not only visit this historic structure, but you can spend the night there as well. Parts of the hotel have been modernized, including the plumbing and overall electronics (flat screen televisions are in each room), but classic touches, like the overall décor, remain.
3) Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum, 3816 Old Furnace Rd, Snow Hill, MD 21863
Visiting Furnace Town is like being transported back to the 1800s. This grouping of historic homes surrounding the Nassawango Iron Furnace (the only bog ore iron furnace in the state) also include workshops complete with artisans who demonstrate how printing, weaving, blacksmithing and other things were done during that time period. There are also ongoing archaeological digs on the site, as well as a number of events that are open to the public, including a yearly Celtic Festival.
4) Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum, 813 S. Boardwalk, Ocean City, MD 21842
Before the U.S. Coast Guard was formed, the Ocean City Live Saving Station and its trained rescuers were the ones keeping an eye on people and boaters in the Atlantic Ocean. The building that houses the museum was built in 1891 and housed the employed “surfmen” or trained rescuers. Now, the building is a museum dedicated to these men and their deeds, among other things. Some of the permanent exhibits include a display of sands from around the world, items found in local shipwrecks, and equipment used by the life saving service.
These four places – the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum, the Atlantic Hotel, the Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum, and the Ocean City Life Saving Museum, are just a few of the historical sites in the Ocean City, Maryland area. There are plenty of others to discover, once you’re ready to get off of the beach and explore.