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expand Folk School Opens at Furnace Town
posted: Aug 17, 2017

Furnace Town Launches Folk School

Snow Hill, Maryland – Furnace Town Living Heritage Village announces the launch of the Furnace Town Folk School with $4,750 in grant support from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and Worcester County Arts Council. The Folk School offers classes in broom making, weaving, and printing with plans to expand the program in 2018 to include blacksmithing, fiber arts, music, storytelling, and more. Each four hour class is appropriate for ages 8 and up and cost $35 per person, or $25 for members of Furnace Town.

The Furnace Town Folk School is an idea brought to life through the passionate contributions from our community and board of directors. The Folk School promotes and preserves the stories, skills and knowledge of life in the nineteenth-century on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

“The overall goal of the Furnace Town Folk School is to promote and preserve the knowledge, skills and stories of the past and present. We’ve been talking about launching the new program for a few years because it’s a natural extension of our interpretive program”, says Doug Glascox, Furnace Town board president. “Our artisans work throughout the season demonstrating their crafts and trades, and the Folk School offers us a way to strengthen the program. The support from local artisans has been fantastic.”

Hands-on classes and workshops are the foundation of the new program and are taught by artisans from Furnace Town as well as regional artisans. The Folk School provides creative and meaningful opportunities to explore and examine life from a time gone by.

Workshops and programs enrich lives and build community by teaching traditional nineteenth-century trades in a student centered learning environment, where current and future generations will continue this rich cultural legacy.

“Visitors at Furnace Town can now explore at a deeper level the daily lives of those that lived at Furnace Town and on the Eastern Shore in the nineteenth century”, adds Patrick Rofe, executive director.  “The hands-on workshops are designed to help students understand the culture and daily routines of life in Furnace Town and a nineteenth-century village.”

“The Folk School has been embraced by business and community leaders who understand the need to promote tourism on the Lower Eastern Shore. It lets us to give back to our community. Furnace Town receives generous support from our community and as the school grows, we’ll draw visitors from the region and beyond and they will all need a place to stay, eat, and shop. The Folk School will promote tourism to the region and strengthen our community both economically and culturally.”

Set in the Pocomoke Forest and among our unique collection of historic nineteenth-century buildings and Nassawango Iron Furnace, the Folk School is an immersive learning center for the study of our history and provides a concrete basis for ideas and traditions that help inform who we are and where we came from.

The artisans preserve our history and culture in a way that draws people in and gives them a literal way of touching the past. It gives visitors a direct connection to social values and customs of our ancestors. This unique presentation of our cultural heritage helps us better understand previous generations and ensures ongoing public access and interaction.

More information is available on Furnace Town’s website and Facebook page. To sign up for a class contact Furnace Town at or (410) 632-2032, or visit Furnace Town at  Eventbrite. Classes are four hours long and cost $35 per student or $25 if you’re a member of Furnace Town. All classes are at Furnace Town at 3816 Old Furnace Road, Snow Hill 21863.

Funding for this event is in part provided by the Worcester County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, organizations dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.


expand Snow Hill National Night Out 2017
posted: Aug 8, 2017

The 2017 Snow Hill National Night Out event was a great success.  We want to thank all the many volunteers and donors because without your generosity, we could not have had the wonderful food and activities that so many enjoyed.

The night began with Nick Haglich, our very own Rock and Roll King who opened the event with wonderful songs that encouraged community spirit. 

The Snow Hill ROTC presented the flags and colors while the Pledge of Allegiance was recited and Chief Tom Davis played the National Anthem. 

Mayor John Dorman presented a “National Night Out” proclamation to the Snow Hill Police Department and Chief Davis provided a community address, speaking of building relationships between law enforcement and the citizens of our town. 

Senator James Mathias was present and provided uplifting comments about Snow Hill. 

We were very fortunate to have Steve Gustus “DJ WIZ” with us again this year to provide music throughout the night.

Special thanks go to Sweet Elite Social Club for always serving the food; Billy Allman and Randy Barfield for cooking; Snow Hill Public Works for set up and clean up; Worcester County Health Department; Worcester County Recreation Department; Makemie Memorial Presbyterian Church; Maryland Department of Natural Resources; Assateague Island Park; and the Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Company. 

We thank our sponsors: Snow Hill Rotary Club; OC/Berlin Optimist Seaside Boat Show; The Country Flag Shop; Harvest Moon Tavern; Pepsi Bottling Company; Snow Hill Little League; Allen Welch; Snow Hill Chamber of Commerce; Calvin B. Taylor Bank; Worcester County Library – Snow Hill Branch; Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church; Snow Hill Pharmacy; and Makemie Memorial Presbyterian Church.

We also thank the community for attending this event.  We hope to make next year’s even better! 

expand Chamber Music by the Sea
posted: Aug 2, 2017

Chamber Music by the Sea

 The Worcester County Education Foundation introduces Chamber Music By the Sea, a benefit for education. If you are craving an intimate, up-close-and-personal-with-the-musicians concert experience, we've got just the events for you.

This year, a group of five internationally renowned musicians will be offering two public concerts and two house concerts. The musicians include international solo artists who play with major orchestras around the world, and members of the Dover, Escher, or Harlem string quartets.

The public concerts will be held at the Buckingham Presbyterian Church in Berlin on Friday, September 1 and at the All Hallows Episcopal Church in Snow Hill on Sunday, September 3.  Both concerts begin at 7:00 pm. Ticket prices are $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for students. Tickets for the public concerts are available at all branch offices of Taylor Bank and the Bank of Ocean City, West Ocean City and Ocean Pines Branches. Also, tickets for the public concerts will be available at the door.

In addition, if you are seeking a more intimate experience, two house concerts will take place on August 30th in South Point and August 29th in Snow Hill. At the house concerts, the musicians will play one-hour programs in two gorgeous homes in Snow Hill and South Point. Nibbles and sips will be offered, the music will be interspersed with chatting from the musicians, and there will be ample time to mingle and get to know everyone afterwards. It's a warm, wonderful experience for all involved, and (truth be told) it's how chamber music was meant to be played --in someone's personal "chamber"! A limited number of tickets are available for the house concerts. Ticket price for the house concert which includes nibbles, dessert, and wine is $125.00 per person and is a tax deductible donation to the Worcester County Education Foundation. House concert reservations for tickets can be made at the Bishop Stock’s Gallery in Snow Hill or by contacting Melissa Reid (443-365-0014) or Hope Palmer (443-944-5780).

Chamber Music by the Sea is sponsored by the Worcester County Education Foundation (WCEF), a 501(c) 3 non-profit. The WCEF is a group of parents, teachers and business leaders committed to establishing a pro-active partnership between the community and the public school system by linking community resources with the educational needs of its students to provide an equal opportunity for all students to succeed. All proceeds from the Chamber Music by the Sea concert series will be used to provide scholarships to students pursuing a career in the visual and performing arts. All contributions to the events are tax deductable.

For more information about the concert series and artists, visit the Chamber Music by the Sea Facebook page.





expand Town Hall closes for Labor Day
posted: Jul 26, 2017

Town Hall in Snow Hill be closed for Labor Day on Monday, Setpember 4, 2017. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

expand Blessing of the Combines
posted: Jul 13, 2017

SNOW HILLL, MD:  Farmers, who earlier planted  corn and soybeans, are reaping the harvest of these grains by late-summer.   It is time for them to prepare  their combines for an event which honors and thanks the agricultural community:  THE 19TH ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE COMBINES held on SATURDAY AUGUST 5, 2017 from 11AM – 3 PM. 

A Parade of Combines (including an antique fire truck, tractors, lawn mowers and floats) crosses  the Pocomoke River Bridge and maneuvers  to stop on Green Street, followed by a loud “throttle thrust” as the engines are cut.    Master of Ceremonies Steve Hales leads a program including the National Anthem sung by Rachel Leigh Deao, a Blessing by Rev. Daniel Freeman,  Guest Speaker Kathryn Danko-Lord, owner of Costa Ventosa Winery & Brewery,  the JROTC and a Dove Release.  The Performance Stage hosts The Route 50 Band,  The Spence Baptist Praise Band, and Gabe Resto.

Vendors and restaurants offer great local and festival foods.  A stroll along Vendors and Crafters Row leads to the Pocomoke River -  and an Antique Car Show.  Exhibits line Green Street – and activities for children abound:  Farm Animals,  The Barnyard (tractor, clown, corn pit, maze, games),  Hay Wagon and Pony Rides,  a  Pie Eating Contest, Scales – N – Tales, Lollipop & Tootsie the Clowns, Children’s Tractor Pull and a Moon Bounce.  Event T-Shirts are available. There are Pontoon Boat Cruises on the Pocomoke River; and an exhibit by the MSP Underwater Recovery Team.  At 3:00 the Shore Fun Tractor Pull begins at Snow Hill Auto Body.  Festival T-Shirts provide memories.

Parking is clearly marked, and a shuttle runs from Byrd Park to the event. 

For information:  Call Becky 443-783-1715 and email Diana .


expand Pocomoke River State ParkNature Programs
posted: Jul 13, 2017

The Pocomoke River State Park holds Nature Programs during the summer months. The Nature Center is open Thursday - Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00 pm.

Call 410-632-2566 ofr more information

expand Furnace Town Folk School established
posted: Jul 5, 2017

Check out our new Folk School!
We are excited to launch the Furnace Town Folk School! Take classes from our artisans in broom making, printing, weaving, and more. We think you’ll have as much fun as much as we do.
Support provided by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Funding for this event is in part provided by the Worcester County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, organizations dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.
Weaving Class: Beginner $50.00


expand Rosenfeld's Roadside Deli
posted: Jun 27, 2017

Rosenfeld's Roadside Deli will be on W Green Street on Wednesday, August 9th, from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. Come get a great sandwich and eclair for your lunch! You will be glad you did. 

The Food Truck will return August 23d an August 30th.

expand Jesse's Paddle Fundraiser
posted: Jun 15, 2017


            Friends of the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund will gather for the 9th annual Jesse’s Paddle on Saturday July 15th, at the Pocomoke River Canoe Company in Snow Hill. Registration begins at 4:00 p.m. and boats will hit the water by 5:00. Support raised at the Paddle funds the annual Jesse Klump Memorial Scholarship as well as the nonprofit’s suicide prevention outreach mission.

            “There will be free boats for those who raise more than $30 to participate in ‘Jesse’s Poker Paddle,’” said JKMF President Kim Klump. “While our missions are very serious, this is a day of fun and celebration, and we expect to put more than 50 boats on the Pocomoke River. The fabulous young duo of Gabe and Gigi will be rocking at the dock, opened by Snow Hill’s King of Rock and Roll Nick Haglich. There is a great silent auction, food and beverages, all for important causes.”

            Prizes for top fundraisers include nights in Ocean City, and a luxury pontoon boat cruise on the Pocomoke.  There are also prizes for those holding the best hands in the Poker Paddle.

            Founded in 2009, the JKMF provided $17,500 in scholarships to Snow Hill High School graduates in the class of 2017. “Funds from the Paddle are key to our ability to support a significant scholarship,” said Fund officer Ron Pilling. “Since 2009 we have granted $93,000 in scholarships, and this year we added a program to offer grants to educators and mental health professionals to augment our work in suicide prevention.”

            The Jesse Klump Suicide Awareness & Prevention Program travels across the lower Eastern Shore teaching the recognition of suicide’s risk factors and warning signs, with the goal of reducing the historically-high suicide rates in our communities. “A successful Paddle enables us to offer every training, and all our educational material at absolutely no cost,” Pilling said.

            Supporters can create their own fundraising pages, or pledge on the behalf of others who have goals set on the website, by visiting For those who prefer to gather pledges other than online, the JKMF will provide paper Pledge Forms. For forms, or for information, call 443-982-2716 or email to

            Canoes, solo or two-person kayaks, or standup paddleboards must be reserved in advance for Jesse’s Poker Paddle. Paddlers must raise a minimum of $30 for a free boat for the event. To reserve your boat, call the Pocomoke River Canoe Company at 410-632-3971.


expand Garbage & Recycling Summer Hours
posted: Jun 15, 2017

Attention Residents: Effective Wednesday, July 5, 2017, the Public Works Department will be collecting garbage and recycling beginning at 5:30am. This is to allow the staff to complete the collection process prior to the hottest part of the day.
The Town offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4th; therefore, collection of trash will be Wednesday, July 5th, with recycling on Thursday.
Please make sure to place your roll cart curbside the evening prior to the collection day to ensure pickup.
Thank you.


expand Flushing Schedule for 2017
posted: Apr 19, 2017

The Snow Hill Water Department will be flushing hydrants the first two weeks of the months of April  through December.

The Town of Snow Hill posts the Flushing Schedule for 2017.

For more information, Call Jason Self at 410-632-1144.


expand Consider Native Plants this spring
posted: Apr 7, 2017

Consider Native Plants This Spring!

In the last 50 years the world’s population has more than doubled, and now surpasses an astonishing 7.5-billion free willed people. In such a short period of extreme growth, the environment has been forced to compensate for the additional people leaving landscapes compromised. Changes in land cover and agricultural management systems have given people the ability to migrate, settle and survive. These changes have supported human growth and development, but it seems many have forgotten we are not the only species inhabiting this planet. As human’s habitat spreads across the world, important habitats for pollinating species have diminished. Grasslands and forestlands have been converted into farmland and urbanized space. Humans have built up the world around them, but lacked to mitigate for the habitats lost.

Pollinating animals play a very important role in maintaining our world’s entire food web. Few plants self-pollinate so many are reliant on pollen vectors, such as wind or animals, to transfer their pollen grains from the male to female part of the flower. These bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other similar invertebrate species facilitate reproduction in nearly 90% of the world’s flowering plants, yet their hard work seems too often taken for granted. The loss of habitual land has resulted in greater competition among native wildlife and migrating pollinators alike. Competition for food and shelter, two basic means for survival, increases as rural lands are cultivated for human development. When changes are made to the natural landscape, the quantity and quality of habitat are reduced, resources become scarce and biodiversity is lost.

The abundance and diversity of pollinator populations are consistent with the availability of viable land. Urbanized areas remove much of the native landscape and replace open spaces with unnatural hardscapes. Urbanized areas, however, can actually provide decent habitat for pollinator species, but they’re dependent on people for creating them. The Maryland Bay-Wise program makes resources for landscape management practices readily available on their website These practices will strengthen and improve the health of the natural environment, which creates good habitat.  Most pollinating species have shown to be resilient against the changing landscapes, but many populations have struggled to survive as habitat is lost and competition drastically increases.

In recent years, numerous pollinating animals have been Federally-listed as Endangered or Threatened species. The American Bumblebee (Bombus pennsylvanicus) is highly susceptible to the effects of invasive agriculture and has declined an astonishing 96% in recent decades. As of this March, the Bumblebee has been added to the endangered species list, and this list is expected to only grow longer with time. The fear of the threatened European Honey bee (Apis mellifera) extinction has been a topic for discussion in past decades, yet the trend is still declining. The Honey bee on the verge of extinction is a scary situation since we are so reliant on their ecosystem services. Approximately one third of every all food American’s eat is directly or indirectly derived from Honey bee pollination! Our current food system, however, is not in sync with the natural processes occurring in our world.

Large-scale, modern agriculture contributes to habitat decline by eliminating hedge rows and buffers for increased crop yields. Rural sites tend to have higher numbers and greater diversity of flower forage, which makes these locations well suited for diverse groups of pollinators. Pollinators are considered keystone species because their impact in terrestrial ecosystems plays a critical role in maintaining the structure of ecological community and affects many other organisms in that ecosystem. But as the world’s population continues to grow, so does a rising demand for food and the solution has been to replace natural landscapes with intensive monocultures. Wildflowers used to coexist along crop fields and provide habitat for many pollinators, but now these simplified landscapes offer little in the way of food or nesting areas. In reality, it seems we may be causing even greater harm to our food supply in the long run by completely draining landscapes of all natural resources, which in turn affects the health the environment and the keystone species within it

Environmentally friendly farming methods are not as widely practiced as pollinators and other wildlife need them to be. In England, they’ve begun paying farmers to plant wildflowers along their crop beds as a way to incentivize pollinator friendly practices. Similarly, we offer farmers incentives for planting buffers along waterbodies, a practice which benefits both pollinators and water quality. The United States Department of Agriculture has various programs targeted towards conservation, restoration and environmental improvement. Farmers can partake in relevant programs, such as Agriculture Management Assistance, and learn new ways to increase wildlife habitat, reduce soil erosion, enhance water supply & improve water quality. For more information about alternative farming practices and programs visit

Despite the negative diction, pollinators still have hope. They have proven to be resilient in built up spaces, though abundance not high. We have the ability to influence greater numbers and diversity among pollinators and it’s really quite easy. What pollinators need for a suitable habitat is food, water and a nesting place. If you already have a garden growing you’re off to a great start! You can encourage a larger number of pollinators by planting a variety of flowers, ideally natives, of different color, shape, size, and smell with a range of bloom times. Although species such as the Monarch butterfly require milkweed plants for the caterpillar cycle, most pollinators are generalists and diverse plantings will provide a bountiful source of food that attracts many different varieties to your garden.

Numerous local organizations work to restore habitat across the Eastern Shore and educate communities about best conservation practices. The Lower Shore Land Trust is one of these organizations working to improve habitat for pollinators across large landscape level areas, in public parks and on private properties. This spring they are launching a Pollinator Certification Program to encourage pollinator friendly gardens. This program aims to enhance pollinator habitat and encourage conservation actions in backyards. The program is funded in part by the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council and strives to educate communities about the benefits of landscaping with native plants, important to the natural heritage of the Easter Shore.

Everyone can be part of the solution!  Incorporate the four criteria for heathy pollinator habitat - food source, water source, cover source and conservation measures, and you are well on your way to becoming a pollinator friendly yard. Becoming Certified Pollinator Friendly with the Lower Shore Land Trust will reflect your commitment to protecting pollinators and encourage others to learn about the benefits. Visit the Lower Shore Land Trust website to learn more about how you can be a positive force for biodiversity! For additional information, contact Michelle Winters, AmeriCorps Service Member, at or 443-234-5587.


expand Water Quality Report 2016
posted: Apr 5, 2017

Follow this link to the Town's most recent CCR Report on its Water Quality for 2016.

expand Town Hall Newsletter Published
posted: Feb 14, 2017

The Mayor and Council of Snow Hill has published its semi-annual newsletter to keep residents abreast of local government news. River Current is available at various locations in the town or on the website in PDF format. The Town plans to publish its newsletter twice a year. 

 The 2017 Spring Summer River Current

expand LSLT brings on Americorp Service member
posted: Jan 26, 2017

Lower Shore Land Trust Brings on New AmeriCorps Service Member

SNOW HILL, Jan. 25, 2017. Recent Salisbury University graduate joins the Lower Shore Land Trust team as an AmeriCorps service member.

The Lower Shore Land Trust organization has partnered with AmeriCorps through the ShoreCorps/PALS State program offered at Salisbury University, and has brought on Michelle Winters as new AmeriCorps service member. Michelle comes to LSLT with four years of undergrad experience studying environmental studies and marketing management, where she gained valuable knowledge about environmentalism and sustainability. Joining an established organization, Michelle will apply useful techniques directed towards rural community engagement and land preservation to achieve a more healthy and connected Eastern Shore.

Michelle joins LSLT in an AmeriCorps service member position. The position aims to further develop the pollinator certification program and implement pollinator gardens, develop native landscaping resources, coordinate pollinator festival and native plant celebration, and assist with efforts to develop Sturgis Park with environmentally friendly landscaping. Michelle comments, “I’m really looking forward to working with community members and hoping to enhance engagement through the various workshops and activities LSLT has planned. I’m fortunate to work with such a respected organization, and learn from such experienced and enthusiastic women.”

Prior to staring at LSLT, Michelle learned sustainable landscape design techniques and rainforest restoration practices. “This is my first opportunity to really apply what I’ve learned and skills I’ve gained in the classroom to something that will really make a beneficial difference for all living things, both families and wildlife. I’m excited to be more active in the Snow Hill community and hopefully to meet some great people along the way!” Michelle will spend time coordinating with Kady Everson, Outreach and Education Manager, to help reach more people in the community and raise awareness about resource conservation.

About Lower Shore Land Trust

The Lower Shore Land Trust is a private, non-profit, charitable organization formed in 1990, native to the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  LSLT strives to connect and communicate with rural community members in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties and provide assistance in preserving land of private landowners. In the past 26 years of operation, LSLT has assisted landowners in preserving close to 20,000 acres of land on 115 private properties throughout the lower Eastern Shore. The vision LSLT has for the future of the Eastern Shore incorporates engaged rural communities that support both local economy and environment through various initiatives.

For more information regarding upcoming events and activities, visit:


expand 2017 Snow Hill Events Calendar
posted: Dec 27, 2016

The 2017 Events Calandar for Snow Hill is available. Click here to see the entire year of scheduled events in Snow Hill.

Printed brochures of the Events calendar are available in Town Hall and in area businesses.

Call 410-632-2080 for more informtation.

expand Holiday Closings for 2017
posted: Dec 2, 2016

The offices in Town Hall will be closed for 12 holidays during 2017. The Holiday Closings Schedule for Calendar Year 2017 is available here.

 Call Town Hall at 410-632-2080 for more information

expand Snow Hill Receives Main Street Affiliate Status
posted: Nov 2, 2016

Snow Hill has received word from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) that it has been designated as a Main Street Affiliate. The purpose of the program is to assist smaller towns and communities with economic development strategies, using the National Main Street Center's Main Street Approach: Economic Vitality, Design, Promotion and Organization with Maryland's Fifth point Clean, Safe and Green. The Town will be working with representatives from DHCD to develop an Affiliate Action Plan that can be used to meet specific commercial goals for the Town.

expand Help for Small Businesses in Snow Hill
posted: Sep 8, 2016

The Maryland Small Business Development Center Network has assisted numerous new and current businesses over the years across Worcester County, the Eastern Shore, and state of Maryland. This year, the center has expanded services in Snow Hill with the support of Worcester County and the town of Snow Hill. As an accredited member of the national network, the Maryland centers are committed with pairing business advisors to small business owners to support start-up or ongoing activities by offering cost services.
Snow Hill is currently served by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located at the Perdue School of Business, Salisbury University. In the hope of better assisting the community of Snow Hill, SBDC counselor Tim Sherman works in Snow Hill twice a month. Sherman has been with the SBDC for a little over a year and is passionate about helping small businesses open for business as well as helping current business build sustainable practices. The scope of the work of the SBDC includes assistance with writing business plans, projecting future cash flows, providing start-up assistance, and discussing marketing options but the organization is not limited to these activities. Any small for-profit business can approach the SBDC for free help by a friendly and qualified counselor.
To reach Tim Sherman, you can call him at his office in Salisbury, MD at (410)-548-4505 or visit him in Snow Hill from 9-1 the first and third Wednesday of every month.
You may also contact Michael Day, Snow Hill Economic Development Coordinator at 443-735-0957 or email him at

expand Lower Shore Land Trust Moves to Snow Hill
posted: Aug 1, 2016

(July 28, 2016) The Lower Shore Land Trust waited until moving day to announce it had uprooted operations and settled in at its new office on Snow Hill Road next to Sturgis Park and across from the Pocomoke River Kayak Company.

“The timing couldn’t be better. Snow Hill is ramping up its effort to position itself as the outdoor recreation hub of the Eastern Shore, and it’s really exciting to create more opportunities to use these areas,” Executive Director Kate Patton said. “We know Snow Hill wants to act as a gateway to these activities and we want to build our own capacity to meet those needs.”

The nonprofit’s mission is to build a future where the lower shore’s towns are the centerpieces of rural communities surrounded by thriving natural and working lands and healthy waterways.

To cement that position, Patton said the trust is positioning itself to pursue accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission — similar to what the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Alliance of Museums does for those types of facilities.

To do that, the trust is required to defend all of its conservation easements, meet fundraising goals and maintain in perpetuity thues that guide it.

“These are basic guidelines and thresholds,” Patton said. “But it’s a rigorous process.”

As properties change hands, sometimes issues arise, Patton said. New property owners aren’t always familiar with certain rules governing the use of land they’d purchased, or owners of an adjacent property aren’t made aware of certain restrictions based on awarded conservation easements, leading to encroachment upon protected areas.

“Whatever resource we’re protecting: open space, water quality — a lot can happen if you’re not paying attention,” she said. “We have Philadelphia to our north, and both Baltimore and Washington D.C. to the west, so we need to ensure we have resiliency and local lands remain unfragmented. These areas are the breadbasket of this region.”

The move also represents a tonal shift for the organization.

“In the past, we haven’t been a walk-in organization. We’ve done outreach and put rain gardens in Berlin and Snow Hill and done workshops,” she said. “The aim of the new office is to create more of a resource and heritage center, like a miniature visitor’s center for the land of outdoors and adventure we’re trying to create.”

This isn’t an overnight process, she said, but it’s also one that just started.

“I’m still knee deep in boxes,” she said.

Months ago, Patton said, the board of directors quietly launched a capital campaign to fund the building purchase and the new programs the trust intends to provide. Through donations it has met about half of the $300,000 goal, due in no small part to Board President Hugh Cropper’s contributions of time and money to the cause, she said.

Patton said she plans a formal ribbon cutting, but for now she said the office would remain open for First Fridays, including the one scheduled for next week, and would remain open for events like Blessing of the Combines, also next week.

“We want to be open, available and a good neighbor. We want to participate,” she said. 

reprinted from the July 28,2016 issue of the Bayside Gazette


expand Work Sessions - Time Change
posted: Jul 8, 2016

The Mayor and Council work sessions will return to being held at 4:30pm on the first and last Tuesday of each month.  

Quarterly work sessions will be held at 6pm. 

All citizens are encouraged to attend the work sessions and town meetings.  If you have a topic that you would like to discuss at a work session please contact Kelly Pruitt, Town Manager at 410-632-2080 and request to be placed on the agenda. 


expand Coastal Style Magazine Article
posted: May 16, 2016

From the recent article by Mindie Burgoyne in Coastal Style Magazine
Day trips on flat water, #3. Porters Crossing, Maryland — Worcester County

The Pocomoke River in Worcester County is Maryland’s deepest river for its width — and second deepest for its width in the world (the Nile is no. 1). The Pocomoke got its name from the Algonquin word meaning “black water,” and about six feet below the surface, there is no ambient light, so wearing life jackets on this river is a must. It is by far one of the region’s most scenic rivers. This trail has varied landscapes: forest, swamp, open water and a place to disembark if you want to rest. Launch at the Pocomoke River Canoe Company ($10 launch fee) in Snow Hill. The guides there are competent, friendly and enthusiastic about the Pocomoke River. It’s a five-mile paddle each way.

The water trail between Porters Crossing and Snow Hill runs through a densely forested cypress swamp. The forest canopy provides cool shade in the summer. The river is narrow, and the water is still. Wildlife is abundant, especially in the summer. There is life all around but not a sound from the human-inhabited world. This trail is secluded. Cypress knees push up through the water and onto the banks, and it’s not uncommon to see otter, turtles and water snakes. When the water is still, and there’s enough light coming through the trees, beware of an optical illusion that reflects the trees at the water’s surface. It becomes impossible to see where the waterline separates reflection from the actual trees.
Eastern Shore Lifestyle Magazine | Coastal Style Magazine
Coastal Style Magazine is the Eastern Shore's most popular and widely read publication.


expand Willow Street Property RFP
posted: May 2, 2016

Follow this link to learn more about the Willow Street Property for sale by the Town - ideal for renovation and restoration.Click here for the advertisement that appeared in the paper.


expand Farmers Market to return in May 2017
posted: Mar 7, 2016

Thursday, May 4, 2017 marks the first day for Snow Hill's Farmer's Market. The market is held each Thursday through September in the parking lot behind Town Hall. Come to the market for the season's best produce, bedding plants and handmade items.

Vendors are welcome. Although there is no fee to become a vendor, there is a registration form below to be completed and turned in on the first day of the market.

Call 410-632-2080 for more information

Registration Form

expand Snow Hill Featured in Kayaking Magazine
posted: Feb 16, 2016

Follow the link below see what kayaker and writer, Natalie Warren, has to say about her visit to Snow Hill late last year.
Snow Hill is featured in Canoe & Kayak Magazine!!


expand Commercial Building Grant Program
posted: Jan 14, 2016

The Town of Snow Hill has been awarded a Community Legacy Grant for the rehabilitation of Old Buildings in Snow Hil

The documents for this program are available here:

Rehabilitation Grant for Commercial Building Improvements - 2016

Grant Application Check List for Commercial Building Grant - 2016


expand Facade Grant Program 2016
posted: Jan 14, 2016

The State of Maryland Community Legacy Program has awarded the Town of Snow Hill another grant to be used toward funding facade improvements of commercial buildings.  This program is to assist business owners who seek to improve the facade of their buildings.

Click here for the  Façade Grant Overview document for Businesses

Click here for the Façade Grant Application for 2016 for Businesses


Grant funds were made possible for the Facade Improvement Program through a Community Legacy Grant from the Department of Housing and Community Development. Call Ann Gibb or Kelly Pruitt at 410-632-2080 for further information

expand Green Pearl Contemporary Fine Art
posted: Jan 5, 2016

Ground Breaking and Welcoming
Green Pearl Contemporary Fine Art
Monday, January 11th, 9 AM

112 Pearl Street

First Shore Federal in Snow Hill, MD, will be hosting a ground breaking and welcoming Monday, January 11th, at 9 AM at 112 Pearl Street, which is behind the branch office on Green Street.  Sue Vincent, branch manager and Marty Neat, President of 1st Shore Federal will be on hand to welcome Paul Volker, who will be opening up his new art gallery and studio, Green Pearl Contemporary Fine Art, once the renovations are completed.

Over the last 25 years Mr. Volker has produced over 3,000 works of art, many owned by collectors around the country and internationally.  The gallery will be open to the public and designed so that visitors can look at paintings on display and also observe and talk to the artist at work. There will also be a small retail area featuring cards, prints and small works for purchase. 

First Shore Federal has already taken advantage of the town’s façade grant program, renovating the front of the building.  They will also be helping Paul with interior renovations and will take advantage of the new interior grant program the town will be introducing later this month.  The bank is using this as an opportunity to demonstrate their involvement with the town and economic growth.

Snow Hill is a Maryland Art & Entertainment District, designated by the Maryland Department of Commerce.
Tax incentives are offered through the state and town for working artists, renovation projects and entertainment events.

For more information about Green Pearl Contemporary Fine Art please contact Paul Volker at 614-395-6783
or email:

For more information about Snow Hill’s Art & Entertainment District contact Michael Day at 443-735-0957
or email:


expand Questions & Answers about Trash
posted: Dec 21, 2015

The Mayor & Council has adopted a new trash collection policy for Snow Hill. Click on the link to see answers to the most common questions.

expand Time Change for Mayor & Council Work Sessions
posted: Jul 10, 2015

The Mayor and Council of Snow Hill work session times have been changed. The meeting on the first Tuesday of the month will remain at 4:30 pm but the meeting on the last Tuesday of the month will now be held at 6:00 pm.  This is in hopes to have better attendance for those interested. 

expand Strategic Revitalization Plan Available
posted: Mar 16, 2015

The Town's recently adopted Strategic Revitalization Plan (SRP) is available in Town Hall. Copies are available free of charge on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

Town Hall is located at 103 Bank Street and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 - 4:30.

expand Snow Hill Ecumenical Food Pantry
posted: Dec 29, 2014

"I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me drink." Matthew 25:35

Snow Hill Ecumenical Food Pantry distributes food the second Friday of every month. It also  provides emergency food service. 

The pantry was established as an ecumenical food pantry, which means that it is supported by local churches and parishes in the area to provide food for those in need. The mission is to provide food and resources to those in need in Snow Hill and the surrounding areas.

For information on volunteering and providing support, please contact the pantry at or visit the website:

The new location for the pantry is 241 South Washington Street in Snow Hill.

Town Hall at 103 Bank Sreet is now a Drop Off place for Food Pantry donations. Look for the basket in the lobby. 

Checks may be made out to Snow Hill ecumenical Food pantry and sent to the Mailing address:

P.O. Box 165,

Snow Hill, MD 21863

Needs as of 12-29-2014 include: Peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti sauce, shaghetti noodles, canned chicken, tuna and hams, canned vegetables, medium sized boxes of cereal, bags of beans or rice. Town Hall at 103 Bank Street is now a drop off point for contributions to the Food Pantry.

Gift cards for Office supplies from Staples or Sam's Club are always appreciated. 

expand Snow Hill is Added to MDE Site
posted: Jul 22, 2014

The state of Maryland maintains a Green Registry of businesses and localities that conform to certain environmental friendly standards as part of its Smart, Green, and Growing initiative. By highlighting its sustainable and green practices in an application, the Town of Snow Hill was recently named to the Maryland Green Registry. While most of the entries on it are individual businesses, the Town is one of four municipalities that have completed its profile for the Maryland Department Environment (MDE) site.  Maryland Green Registry members are saving over $79 million annually through environmental best practices.

Go to the Green Registry at and click on Snow Hill to see its profile and profiles of others to learn more about how these practical, proven practices can save money and put your business or organization on the path to sustainability. 

expand Town joins Shore Power Project
posted: Jan 22, 2014

Town joins Shore Power Project

Snow Hill and four other towns have joined together to take advantage of the Easton –based Town Creek Foundation’s $150,000 grant to examine energy use by municipalities on the Eastern Shore. An article by Jamie Smith Hopkins in the Baltimore Sun on January 21, 2014 highlights the partnership to ultimately save energy on the Shore. The Shore Power Energy Project will be led by Washington College Center for Environment and Society (CES) and is designed to help community leaders on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to track energy and reduce energy expenditures and green house gas emissions..

The Eastern Shore has always been environmentally sensitive. It is believed that the alliance between Cambridge, Snow Hill, Easton, and Salisbury which replicates the previous study for Chestertown may be the first of its kind in the state to study energy use and to conserve energy regionally. The Department of the Environment in Maryland is very excited to see the cooperative effort by the towns. The Department sees the project’s potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 25% by the year 2020.

As each town conducts an energy audit, it will find ways to reduce energy use and to save money by making changes to its energy consumption. The municipalities shall assist CES with energy usage data with regard to its municipal buildings, municipal fleet, landscaping, recycling, etc.

Snow Hill Planner, Karen Houtman says” we are excited to get some assistance tracking energy usage and determining the most economically sustainable options to reduce energy usage.”

To read the full article go to



expand Article about15th Blessing of the Combines Festival
posted: Jun 14, 2013

SNOW HILL, MD.  Even as farm fields are being planted in corn and soybeans, farmers are preparing their combines for the summer and fall harvests.   Several Worcester County farmers - including George Lee Clayville, Bill Figgs, Byron Hauck, Lee Holloway, Buster Powell, Roger Richardson, David Shockley and Virgil Shockley - are  readying their machines for The Blessing of the Combines on August 3, 2013.   Festivities in downtown Snow Hill  begin at 11:00 and conclude at 3:00.

A Parade of Combines - led by Antique Tractors and by Mr. Orem Perdue’s horse-drawn combine - moves slowly south on MD RT 12, across the drawbridge over the Pocomoke River, and west onto Green Street.  Parade directors lead each combine to its stopping place and, with turn-on-a-dime accuracy, position each at the perfect angle.  A growing hum of engines culminates with a throttle thrust - and then silence.  But not for long!

Music, (including Too Far Gone), food, vendors, crafts, a Petting Barnyard, activities for children, hay rides, carriage and pony rides, Scales and Tales are ongoing.  The Program, directed by Master of Ceremonies Steve Hales, includes welcomes, introductions, and a keynote address by Jim Perdue, and preceeds the Blessing of the Combines by Snow Hill Ministerial Association member, Rev. Seth Nelson.

The Wheels that Heal Car Club’s show sets up in Sturgis Park along The Pocomoke River from 11:00 - 3:00

For details contact Becky Payne at 443-783-1715, or email .

expand Great article about Snow Hill
posted: Jun 3, 2013

This is the first in a series of commentaries submitted by the four volunteer community members of The Daily Times Editorial Board as their six-month term comes to an end. — Editor
When my husband and I decided to look for property to start a bed and breakfast back in 1990, we knew we wanted to be on the Eastern Shore. We had kept our sailboat at Kent Narrows, and loved sailing the Chesapeake Bay.
The “Land of Pleasant Living” certainly fit the ticket for two people who had had enough of corporate life and
needed to find calm and control over our time and resources.
As we searched through all the by-ways we finally found a home in the town called Snow Hill. I had reservations
about small town living; it can be difficult to integrate into the social system when you are an outsider. But not in
Snow Hill. We were treated as welcome new members of the community. I had a small sign that I would point to
when our guests asked if we were natives. It said “I wasn’t born here but I got here as soon as I could.” And that’s exactly how I feel about the place that has embraced us.
We have moved a lot and I often thought about where I would go if I had to choose any of those places. The first
Sunday we were here, we took a break from renovations and went to church. After the kind greetings of the
congregants, and the warm atmosphere of acceptance I turned to my husband and said “Honey, we’re home.”
Part of being accepted is a willingness to pitch in, to be someone who is happy to give back to others. It can be
contagious, and others will catch the spirit. The common theme you will hear in this town is how much we love this
town. We can’t imagine living anywhere else.
My neighbors all keep track of each other, to care about and help when needed. My husband had a severe accident that had him in Shock Trauma and then bed-bound for three months. He received a paper grocery bag full of get well cards to cheer him up. People came and sat just to visit.
That’s kindness and caring. When I had to call an ambulance when he was ill, our Chief of Police came to make sure everything went well. How wonderful to see a concerned face in times of stress.

We have friends who have moved to retirement communities, giving up friends and neighbors of many years. They urge us to do likewise, which is a puzzle. Small towns have a sense of place, where you go out in the evening or sit on your porch to greet your friends. I walk our standard poodles around town almost every day. There is always someone out and about, even some who I don’t really know except we always cross paths and say good morning. Being in a small town means you can walk almost anywhere you want to go. It’s small town life for us.
Here is where our hearts are, and here we will stay.

Susanne Knudsen is a former Mayor of Snow Hill.

expand Speed Cameras Are in Snow Hill
posted: Mar 15, 2012

Speed Cameras are in Snow Hill. In an effort to increase driver compliance with the posted School Zone speed limits surrounding Cedar Chapel School and Snow Hill Elementary, Middle and High Schools, the Town has launched an Automated Speed Enforcement Camera Program Similar programs are being utilized in Delmar, Princess Anne and Fruitland, and are viewed as an effective means of positively changing driver behavior and improving safety for both pedestrians and motorists.

According to Chief Kirk Daugherty, “Our main objective is to protect the children and residents of Snow Hill from drivers who are choosing to disobey the posted speed limit and break the law”. 

If you receive a citation through the Speed Camera Enforcement  program you may pay it online at You will need to provide the Citation Number and the License Plate Number of the vehicle. There is a $3.50 processing fee to pay online. 

If you receive a citation for a speed camera violation in error, you may be able to use an Affidavit to Transfer Liability. 



expand Help for Snow Hill Businesses
posted: Jul 12, 2011

Are you thinking about locating a business in Snow Hill or do you want to expand the business you now have? Town Hall is here to help. Come in and meet with the Town Manager, Kelly Pruitt, or others officers in Town Hall to discuss your plans and to learn about the Town’s code, and financing opportunities that the Town has to offer.
Through a grant, The Town has small business loans available for new and existing business owners in the town. Business owners can borrow up to $10,000 at a 3% interest rate for 5 years. Applications are available in Town Hall at 103 Bank Street.
So come to Town Hall where you will find people who are eager to assist small businesses and to help others to enjoy our charming and unique small town. 

expand Snow Hill Historic District Guidelines
posted: Feb 23, 2011

The Mayor and Council approved the Historic District Guidelines for Property Owners in December of 2010. A copy of The Snow Hill Historic District, A Reference Guide for Property Owners is available here in PDF format.

It is also available in hard copy at Town Hall for $5.00 per copy.

Call Ann Gibb at 410-632-2080 for more information

expand Water Meter Leaks
posted: Jul 29, 2010

Water Meter Leaks
The Town of Snow Hill Water and Wastewater Department has installed new meters that report any water leaks detected. Water leaks, such as a running toilet can cause your water bill to drastically increase. 
If a leak has been found, you will see notification on your quarterly water/sewer bill. Please review your bill thoroughly for any communication from the Town about potential problems.
If you have any questions regarding your water/sewer bill please contact Town Hall at 410-632-2080.

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