Homes for Sale in Snow Hill
This Eastern shore town was founded in 1686 by English settlers after a district in London. This small settlement lay on the banks of the Pocomoke River. As commerce flourished along the waterway, the town grew and prospered. The area was known for its agriculture because of its temperate climate and rich farmland. Rich farmland surrounds Snow Hill, supporting the area's economy for centuries. At the beginning of the town's history, the river served as a major highway for trade. Today, downtown is home to small shops, galleries, and museums.
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Snow Hill History
Worcester County was formed from Somerset County in 1742, and Snow Hill became the county seat. There were about 1000 lots laid out when the town was platted in 1793. A resolution was adopted in June of 1775, supporting the Massachusetts colonists during the American Revolutionary War. While the War of 1812 was going on, local records were hidden. During the War Between the States, both Northern and Southern sympathies were evident.
The town's economy was driven by trade. Snow Hill continued to serve the Western Shore as an active port as steamboats replaced schooners. Lumber companies, churches, schools, hotels, and boarding houses dominated the waterfront. As a result of the river's traffic, general merchandise stores, liveries, coopers, smiths, and wagon makers all made their livelihoods. Mercers, bankers, farmers, and sea captains displayed their wealth and fine homes in Snow Hill, a town of gracious living. As a result of its proximity to the river and its local trade, Snow Hill became an attractive place for artisans. Having access to the river allowed them to import and export goods and materials.
During a disastrous fire in 1893, Snow Hill's original downtown area and the early records of the town and county were destroyed. The fire destroyed the downtown business district. However, many historic homes and public buildings remained, including some pre-Revolutionary War structures still carefully preserved by Snow Hill residents.