Covering 11 square miles, the city of Salisbury is the county seat of Maryland's Wicomico County on Chesapeake Bay. The city sits roughly 115 miles southeast of Baltimore in the heart of the Delmarva Peninsula, and boasts the second-largest port in Maryland.
Salisbury was founded in 1732 with the official designation of a port, sparking huge growth as more colonists came in search of land and economic opportunity. Salisbury was incorporated in 1854 and is currently the largest city on Maryland's Eastern Shore. With a quiet, outdoors oriented community, a major university, several local wineries, and numerous unique local shopping districts, Salisbury continues to be one of the most popular tourist and residential destinations in Maryland. The city is home to just under 28,000 people.
The leading industries in Salisbury are electronic component manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, shipbuilding and agriculture. Major companies that have a headquarter or division in the city are Purdue Farms, Powerwave Technologies, Verizon, Navtrak Inc., K&L Microwave, Spartech Polycom FCD, Plymouth Tube, Tishcon Corporation, Trinity Sterile and Sharp Water.
The Downtown Plaza has government buildings, eateries and retail in a landscaped pedestrian mall. The Port of Salisbury Marina is located at the headwaters of the Wicomico River, a short distance from the Plaza. The Newtown and Camden historic districts contain hundreds of Victorian-style homes. Salisbury University is on U.S. Route 13 at the southern edge of the city. The major local shopping mall is The Center at Salisbury on Route 13 near the crossing with Route 50.
Salisbury is an active town with lots to offer. Numerous contributions to civic pride come from the many scholars and performers associated with Salisbury University. Renowned for its extensive collection of plants, the university was awarded national arboretum status in 1988. The arboretum is open to the public and is dedicated to plant education.
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art contains the largest collection of wildfowl carvings in the world. The museum was named for Lem and Steve Ward, both aficionados in the art of decoy carving.
Other notable attractions in Salisbury include:
There are numerous parks for residents and visitors to enjoy:
Salisbury's calendar of annual events revolves around the city's deep appreciation of the outdoors. Many Salisbury residents participate in Critical Mass, a monthly bike ride that takes place in cities around the globe. The free events are aimed at promoting cycling. The Sea Gull Century also features a 100k bicycle ride.
Pork in the Park is an annual three-day barbecue festival in Winterplace Park. The event includes more than 80 competitive teams.
Other events include:
In addition to Salisbury University, higher education institutions include:
There are a wide variety of shopping centers in Salisbury, including:
Radio stations in Salisbury include:
Television stations include:
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