Crisfield is the
southern-most city in Maryland. Though spots on the Western
Shore in St. Mary's City are notoriously referred to as southern
Maryland, geographically Apes Hole of the Crisfield area is the
southern most point of the State. Crisfield is a small town,
with a population of about 2700. The median age is 36, and
many people still make their living from the waters of the
Chesapeake Bay and surrounding tributaries.
Nationally Prominent Crisfield Natives
Harry Clifton (Curley) Byrd - President of
the University of Maryland, born in Crisfield - often referred to as
the "Father of the University of Maryland."
Lt. General Jefferson Fields - Commanding
General of Camp Pendleton (1960), Director of Personnel for the entire
United States Marine Corp (1962), Commander of the Marine Corps
Development Command at Quantico, VA (1968) - born in Crisfield.
John Wesley Nelson - Founder of Del Monte canned products, born
Lt. General William W. Quinn - Graduate of West Point, Chief of
Information for the Army(1957), Deputy Director of the Defense
Intelligence Agency - born in Crisfield.
John Millard Tawes - Maryland State Comptroller, Governor of
the State of Maryland (1959-1967), Head of the Maryland Department of
Natural Resources, State Treasurer. Governor Tawes is believed
to have accomplished something that has never before been done in the
history of the State of Maryland - that of filling all three seats on
the State Board of Public Works: Governor, Comptroller, and Treasurer.
Lem and Steve Ward - woodcarvers famous for
carving wildfowl. Pioneers of the American art of woodcarving,
featured in National Geographic Magazine three times. In 1983
Lem Ward received the National Heritage award issued by President
Ronald Regan through the National Endowment for the Arts - recognizing
both brothers as the fathers of the modern movement in decorative
wildlife carving in America.
The Crisfield Area
Crisfield is in
Somerset County, one of three counties (including Wicomico and
Worcester) that comprise Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore. In
the past several years, the Lower Shore has become a popular
destination for travelers, vacationers, families, retirees and
singles. The area overflows with attractions and amenities,
yet still keeps a quiet rural charm and a home-town feel.
There are two Universities, a Community College, a Professional
Baseball Team (the Delmarva Shore Birds), 3 State Parks, several
shopping malls, and over 20 museums that uncover and interpret the
culture and heritage of the Lower Shore.
Golfing, hiking, biking, bird-watching, swimming, fishing, boating,
shopping, and site-seeing. The links below will show just a
few of the attractions and amenities the Lower Shore has to offer.
For more on the Crisfield Area, visit the
City of Crisfield
Crisfield Heritage Foundation
Crisfield Chamber of Commerce - Town Page
on Maryland's Lower Shore