Vacationers to Ocean City MD
Another ” side trip which is almost free ” adventure day trip for you and your family! Recently I had made a trip to Snow Hill, MD to meet with clients. Having about 1 hour of spare time between appointments, we ventured just outside of Snow Hill MD to visit ” Furnace Town ” . I had never bothered to visit this preserve over many previous years. Having some time, I wondered JUST what was there? From the Inlet area in Ocean City Md – the drive is approximately 40 minutes to manage the 38 or so mile drive. Pack a cooler with beverages and sandwiches for the trip and you will surely find a convenient side stop area to enjoy a picnic lunch during the day trip.
I was amazed to discover this treasure trove of history on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Furnace Town is full of history and offers a pleasant trail to walk along to view the displays and preservation of a variety of American History Culture. At the right is a photo of the main entrance entering from the parking lot area. Parking is plentiful and of course FREE. Once inside we were greeted by friendly staff in the museum’s gift shop area. The gift shop featured many souvenirs and home made items. Donations for entrance to the park area are welcome and the entrance fee is nominal. Visit the Furnace Town Web Site for entry fee information.
We ventured out into the park area. A circular walk around on wooden platform was comfortable and along the path are various historic stops of interest usually in an out building. One of the initial view is of the Furnace Town Furnace and description of it’s uses and history. It features a long walkway up to the top of the furnace.
All in all we toured the grounds for about 1 hour and enjoyed the relaxing walk through the town. The Exhibits were interesting to learn about how our forefathers met with their daily lives before the advent of the automobile and paved roads. This surely makes for a GREAT daytrip for grade school children and we saw plenty of that going on with many school children classes coming for a visit. Vacationers in Ocean City MD would find this a great off the beach treat for young school age children – cloudy no beach day kinda stuff. and very inexpensive. Bring a cooler with lunch and beverage snacks for the day, and you will find a nice park area by the Pocomoke River just adjacent to the County County Jail facility. Off of Bay Street, you will see signs pointing to STURGIS PARK in Snow Hill MD. Snow Hill MD is about a 40 minute drive from Ocean City MD. A google map shows the way to Snow Hill MD from Ocean City MD .
Furnace Town is the host and co-sponsor of the 1st ANNUAL Iron Fifty – a 50 mile FUN RIDE through the back scenic roads of Snow Hill Md and the Eastern Shore. The date of the cycling event is Sept 17, 2011. READ ALL ABOUT IT on the Furnace Town Cycling Event web site at www.IronFurnacefifty.org
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