Chincoteague Island to Salisbury Day Trip
Begin your Chincoteague Island to Salisbury day trip by heading west 8.8miles on VA-175 and turning right on US-13. Go north on US-13 for 30.9 miles to 13/ South Fruitland Boulevard, going 5.6 miles and turning right on Centenary Street/ MD-346. Total travel time will be about 70 minutes.
Salisbury History and Attractions:
Known as the "Crossroads of Delmarva," the town of Salisbury was founded in 1732 at the head of the Wicomico River, which winds its way to the Chesapeake Bay some 33 miles to the southwest. Salisbury grew with America, as its location on the Wicomico gradually made it the second busiest port, after Baltimore, in Maryland. When the Pennsylvania Railroad linked Salisbury to Washington, Philadelphia, and New York in the mid-19th century, its future as a commercial center was assured.
Get a glimpse into the earliest days of Salisbury by visiting Pemberton Historical Park, site of Pemberton Hall. Built in 1741 by planter Isaac hardy, the Hall and Park take up 262 acres. Visit the grounds between dawn and dusk, and hike its 4.5 miles of trails through a variety of unique ecosystems, including wetlands, freshwater ponds, hardwood and pine forests, and open meadows.
The 1805 Georgian Poplar Hill Mansion, with original window glass and woodwork, is the oldest original Salisbury home. Salisbury has nearly been destroyed by fire twice, in 1860 and again in 1886, when it burned for 17 hours and destroyed 22 acres of central Salisbury.
Following that fire, Salisbury's residents rebuilt in what is now the Historic District of Newton. The Poplar Hill Mansion is one of those restored homes. Just east of Poplar Hill, at 321 Broad Street, is the Chipman Cultural Center, where you can visit the 1838 African-American church and Schools which were the first on the Delmarva Peninsula.
Many of the buildings rebuilt following the 1886 fire are in the Salisbury Downtown Plaza Historic District. Stroll along its tree-lined brick sidewalks and browse to your heart's content among the many antique shops, art galleries, boutiques, and jewelry shops. Just a short walk from the shops is the Market Street Inn, where you can enjoy a lunch of award winning cuisine in a riverfront setting, complete with a floating dock for outside dining in good weather.
Less than two miles from downtown Salisbury, the 13-acre Salisbury Zoological Park is a donation-supported riverfront zoo. The Zoo's recent litter of five red wolf pups is significant because the red wolf was declared extinct in the wild in 1980. The Salisbury Zoo is home to numerous North, Central, and South American species including bison, monkeys, jaguars, and alligators.
Get a different look at wildlife on your Chincoteague Island to Salisbury day trip with visit to the Ward Museum of Wildlife Art, also within two miles of downtown. Located on Schumaker Pond, it the largest collection of hand-carved decoys in the world.
Follow the oyster-shell Norman Glenn Nature Trail along the west bank of the Pond. Many species of water birds rest at the Pond when migrating along the Great Atlantic Flyway. The Museum also has its own public fishing pier. Schumaker Pond has camping facilities and for golfers, there's the nearby Nutter's Crossing Golf Club.
Finally, nothing is as classically Colonial American as handcrafted pewter, so why not stop at the Salisbury Pewter Outlet and find an heirloom-quality memento of your Chincoteague Island to Salisbury day trip before you head home?