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One of the many hidden gems that can be found on Maryland’s Eastern Shore lies in Worcester County, less than 10 miles from the hustle and bustle of Ocean City and the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Berlin, MD is a unique throwback to the early days of small town America. The town originally had its start around the 1790s, when it was a part of the Burley Plantation, a 300-acre land grant dating back to 1677. The name Berlin is most likely derived from a contraction of "Burleigh Inn," a tavern once located at the crossroads of the Philadelphia Post Road (now South Main Street) and Sinepuxent Road (now Tripoli Street). In 1868 Berlin was officially incorporated and it slowly grew to become a popular spot for tourists who enjoyed hunting and fishing on the Eastern Shore or were on their way to what was then just a small coastal town called Ocean City.
Today, 47 individual structures in Berlin are noted in the National Register of Historic Places and they represent nearly two centuries of architectural heritage. These structures are well preserved or renovated and date from three distinct periods: Federal, Victorian and 20th Century. The town center features mostly brick structures with compatible rooflines, proportionate window and door openings, and uniform setbacks from the street and bulkheads beneath the lower windows. Magnolias, sycamores, tulip poplars, bald cypress and ginkgo trees add to the beauty of the town's settings. Berlin's beautiful tree-lined streets in the Victorian town center, the Calvin B. Taylor House museum and the many renovated historic homes continue to captivate those who visit Berlin 365 days a year. The State of Maryland in recognition of its revitalization progress has designated Berlin as a “Main Street Community”.
Berlin offers its visitors a wide variety of walking, shopping and dining experiences within a three block commercial district. Lodgings can be found at the famed, historic Atlantic Hotel, the lovely restored Merry Sherwood Plantation Inn and the very charming and comfortable, Holland House Bed & Breakfast. One of the first things visitors often notice along Main Street are the many Antique shops and Art Galleries. Berlin is also home of the Worcester County Arts Council, which maintains an open-to-the-public, full-time gallery filled with the works of local artists. Dining and entertainment are also a part of the downtown’s allure. The Globe Theater features a copper topped bar along with a restaurant and upstairs art gallery, plus live entertainment. The Atlantic Hotel features the fireplace charm and nostalgia of their own turn of the century Drummers Cafe with a resplendent Victorian period antique decor.
The brick buildings, stone churches and period wooden homes all contribute to the quiet and historic charm of this turn-of-the-century village where visitors can easily find their way back to the simple days of yesteryear.
History of Ocean City, MD
Ocean City is located in Worcester County, Maryland on the only part of the state that fronts the Atlantic Ocean. The county is also connected to the Chesapeake Bay via the Pocomoke River. Situated on one of the two barrier islands that border the coastline, Ocean City has grown to become one of the mid-Atlantic’s most popular resort destinations. Famous for its miles and miles of sandy white beaches that are ranked among the cleanest on the eastern seaboard, the Town of Ocean City is magnificently framed by the sparkling blue waters of the Atlantic on one side and tranquil bay waters on the other.
Some people say that it all started in 1869 when businessman Isaac Coffin built the first beachfront cottage to receive paying guests. Soon, other hotel properties arose and after Ocean City became incorporated in 1875, the small fishing village was on its way to becoming a seaside vacation destination. At first, people could get to Ocean City by stagecoach and ferry. But soon afterwards, rail service was also added. In the early 1900s, Daniel B. Trimper and his brother, both from Baltimore, started an amusement park, which to this day is still owned and operated by the Trimper family. From 1900 to 1915, the first of Ocean City's Boardwalk was constructed. In the early days, the Boardwalk was taken up and stored during the winter. Today's Boardwalk is a permanent walkway now spanning nearly three miles.
Then in 1933 major hurricane came in and wiped out the railroad tracks that crossed the Sinepuxent Bay. At the same time The Ocean City Inlet was formed where the Atlantic Ocean breached the coastline just south of the small resort town. The inlet separated what is now Ocean City from Assateague Island. The Army Corps of Engineers took advantage of nature's intervention and made the inlet at the south end of Ocean City permanent. The inlet also helped to establish Ocean City as an important Mid-Atlantic fishing port as it offered easy access to the fishing grounds of the Atlantic Ocean.
Rapid expansion of Ocean City began after the post-war boom and in 1952, with the completion of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Ocean City became easily accessible to people in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. Over the years Ocean City continued to grow in order to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of vacationers who annually flock to this popular coastal destination. By the 1970s, business was flourishing and gave birth to the construction of more than 10,000 condominium units, creating a spectacular sight of high-rise condominiums that assured every investor of a glimpse of the ocean and pounding surf.
However, throughout the 1980s and into the early 90's, the width of the beach began to shrink, prompting the first of a series of beach replenishment projects. In 2002, Ocean City undertook the most recent of many, multi-million dollar, beach restoration programs, in an attempt to slow the westward migration of its beaches. The program pumped tons of sand from offshore and deposited it onto the beach. A dune line was also re-established in front of Ocean City's building line. Today, this once humble fishing village that covered only a few blocks of land now stretches almost 10 miles long.