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The Town of Princess Anne exemplifies Historic Small Town America. This hamlet at the head of the Manokin River was named for the 24 year old Princess Anne of Great Britain, daughter of King George II. It was established in 1733 and serves as the county seat for Somerset County, the southernmost county in Maryland. The Inn was built in 1744 and has been the center of the community ever since, known as The Washington Hotel for well over 100 years.
In the mid-18th century, Princess Anne gained considerable importance as a market center because of the river trade. This was later augmented by the southward extension of the Eastern Shore Railroad on Maryland's Eastern Shore. At that time, the Manokin River was navigable as far as the bridge at Princess Anne.
Much of the town's architectural heritage from those days has been preserved. About 150 acres of the old town, is entered on the National Register of Historic Places as the Princess Anne Historic District. Princess Anne boasts a long, proud history that is dearly cherished by its citizens. Carefully preserved Federal and Victorian houses line the graceful streets, underscoring the sense of pride and commitment found throughout the community of Princess Anne.
A University Town, home to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore which is a central figure in the community, enhancing the cultural and economic life of Princess Anne, Somerset County, and the lower Eastern Shore. Moreover, it is visited by researchers, scholars, and artists from around the globe.
Located on Route 13 yet only fifteen minutes drive south of The City of Salisbury, the area overflows with attractions and amenities, yet still keeps a quiet rural charm and a home-town feel. One of the greatest local attractions is, of course - the Atlantic Beaches which include Ocean City, Maryland, Assateague (35 miles), Chincoteague (35 miles), Rehoboth, Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island.
25 minutes, 19 miles from Princess Anne is the Seafood Capital City of Crisfield. Initially a small fishing village called Annemessex Neck, during European colonization, it was renamed Somers Cove, after Benjamin Summers. When the business potential for seafood was discovered, John W. Crisfield decided to bring the Pennsylvania Railroad to Crisfield, and the quiet fishing town grew. Crisfield is also a major gateway to Smith Island and Tangier Island both unique Bay Island worth a day trip.
As the county seat, Princess Anne is the ideal starting point for day trips to the Lower Eastern Shore. History buffs and antique lovers will want to explore the town, and take advantage of the many unique shopping and dining experiences available. A self-guided walking tour features 36 historic buildings, all within a ten-block radius, which is highlighted by Teackle Mansion, a magnificent five-part brick house built by Littleton Dennis Teackle.
University of Maryland Eastern Shore (0.6 mi / 1 km)
Salisbury University (11.8 mi / 19 km)
Bordeleau Winery (9.7 mi / 15.6 km)
Nutter's Crossing Golf Club (13.4 mi / 21.5 km)
Poplar Hill Mansion (13.6 mi / 21.8 km)
Salisbury, MD (SBY-Salisbury - Ocean City Wicomico Regional) 22-min drive
"In such a historic setting, this Inn is very much of the place as well as in it, unobtrusive, complimentary and unassuming. The food is honest, tasty and plentiful. Sourced as locally as possible and served without fuss and pretension." Ian Fleming