Sharptown: Maryland's Eastern Shore

Pop's House, 2004
"You don’t even know where your front door key it is. "
-Samuel Raymond Stokes

Main Street

Sharptown Bridge

Savings Bank

Sharptown is located on high ground, on a straight portion of the Nanticoke River. It was intended from the start to be a site for ship building. It was founded in 1818 by Matthew Marine who began the Sharptown Marine Railway.

However, there was slowly less need for sailing ships, and in 1919 the Sharptown ship building business went bankrupt. Now the town, which once had a population of 1,300 and a bustling Main Street, has become quieter. Ninety percent of approximately 650 residents work outside the community.

October 2005

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