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"The Friendliest Town on the Eastern Shore"
The Maryland state capital is Annapolis.
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The population of Pocomoke City is approximately 3,922 (1990), 4184 (2010).
The amount of land area in Pocomoke City is 5.726 sq. kilometers.
Pocomoke City miscellany.
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Pocomoke City history: Settled in the 1600's on the banks of the Pocomoke River, the town was originally known as Stevens Ferry. Not content with such a lable, it adopted the name Meeting House Landing, then Warehouse Landing, then Newtown, until finally in 1878 it became, and remained Pocomoke City.
During the late 1800's and early 1900's, ship-building was the largest and most successful enterprise. Steam-driven boats and sailboats laden with furs, whiskey, and tobacco found their way from Pocomoke City to ports in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York.
Pocomoke made the city's growing population, as well as the sailors and seaman who worked on the boats, feel welcome with fairs and festivals and in some circles became known as "a rowdy town!"
The Pocomoke River, which has played such an important role in Pocomoke City's evolution, serves as a sanctuary for small animals and migratory birds. Visitors to the river and surrounding wetlands may view up to 27 species of mammals, 29 reptiles, 14 amphibians, and 172 species of birds.
The odd "knees" you will observe protruding above the water in wetland areas belong to the bald cypress. The knees are thought to deliver oxygen to the root system of the swamp loving trees. Pocomoke is the northernmost habitat for the bald cypress.
The late 1900's brought industry to Pocomoke City. The 90 acre industrial park is equipped with all utilities and an excellent road system. This mid-Atlantic location has become the home of several growing businesses. The reasonably priced land is zoned for enterprise, and incentives are available.
Pocomoke City attractions: Many golf courses and museums in the area; Cypress Park in downtown Pocomoke City; Pocomoke River State Park; Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge & Seashore; Cypress Park Nature Trail and Pusey Branch Nature Trail among others.
Visitors are encouraged to wander along the river in Cypress Park and through downtown. Plan to shop in a variety of up-to-date commercial businesses, whose architecture is reminiscent of the early 20th century. We cherish our history, and are proud of the art-deco Mar-Va Theater, and recently renovated Sturgis One Room Schoolhouse Museum. Costen House, the home of our first mayor, is a living museum, and center of community activities and exhibits throughout the year.
Pocomoke City is proud of its diverse economy, boasting a 98 acre Industrial Park which is home to Benelli, Mid-Atlantic Foods, Nutech Molding, and Bel-Art Products. Pocomoke City is also a commercial center with retailers and service businesses supporting a wide radius.
The Pocomoke River has been designated as a wild and scenic river, and continues to be the centerpiece of the community. Its surrounding wetlands serve as sanctuary for more than 127 species of birds and waterfowl. Sightings of rare birds such as the Pilliated Woodpecker and the Bald Eagle are common in the swampy reaches of the river.
The Nature and Exercise Trail wends its way from Cypress Park, into the swamp, and back around to the river, sporting informative signs and challenging exercise equipment, as well as benches for resting along the way.
Boating and golfing are enjoyed year round in the mild Eastern Shore climate. Bikers abound on View Trail 100, which winds around through Worchester County.
The well-marked Beach to Bay Indian Trail provides an automobile tour through the Lower Shore, highlighting historic heritage sites of the region.
Pocomoke City has been said to be "30 minutes from anywhere" on the Lower Shore. In that length of time, one can be in Ocean City, with its famous 10 miles of beach, Crisfield, "Crab Capitol of the World" where cruises depart daily for trips back in time to the 17th Century lifestyle of Smith and Tangier Islands in the Chesapeake Bay, or Assateague Island National Seashore and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia, home of the world famous wild ponies.
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