An island just waiting for your attention.
Kent Island, a small yet beautiful gem of land that bridges the west side of Maryland like the nations capital, Washington D.C, giving access to the eastern seaboard like Ocean City and Salisbury. The area offers many opportunities to simply kick your shoes or sandals off in the summer and go for the tan. Local landscapes of the beach compliments and causes a jaw dropping sight of dusk to dawn pictures of the sun and sky. The wildlife also simply go about their daily lives, from the various birds to the deer that graze among the almost unforgettable landscape that seems to touch the heart.
It is here that you can step from your vehicle, walk to a bench, and drift off into a doze, wondering the mysterious history of this place local fishermen and others call home. This island paradise of beaches and culture dates back to 1631, when it was formally named a English settlement, but goes back further to the Matapeake tribe, when the island was known as Monoponson, the Algonquian nations name for the small Society of hunters and gatherers. After English settlement however, Parliament turned the small island into a trading settlement with the Indians, guided by a man named William Claiborne.
There were quarrels however, as William Claiborne's leadership was taken with his town, forced out by Lord Baltimore following the Severn battles on the Chesapeake bay. Through the 19th century, Kent island went from the growth of corn and tobacco as their main source of export, to soy beans, wheat, and fresh fruit products. All of this was accompanied by Steam boat travel with the island railroad transporting product to the regions around them that needed it most. All the while, resorts were a common ordeal light of the amazing views of the Chesapeake Bay waters, all full speed ahead through the industrial times.
In more recent events of the last century, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in 1952, and thus caused dwindling steam boat needs. The need for the various fish in the area gas grown in demand from the various tourists that visit, from the Maryland Blue Crab, to rockfish and oysters that line the Chesapeake Bay floor. The island has also been come to known as an artist's refuge, the historical Stevensville area heavily influenced by artist shops, antique stores, and restaurants followed by a small bakery for your pastry needs.
Where do I visit?
Once you arrive, where do you go might be a question you would ask, but here are a few options. If your looking for a place to stay, you could get a nights sleep at the luxurious Kent Manor Inn, fully suited to exquisite tastes with a well suited kitchen to match your taste buds. If your not looking to stick out, just stay at the Hilton and join the nights festivities at The jetty or any other night spot that lie around the narrows. If your interested in the legendary crab cake, then visit Kentmorr Restaurant to fulfill your seafood need for Lump Maryland Crab meat specially picked from the Blue Crab.
It's your needs are to go check out the wildlife in the area, you must visit terrapin park, an area dedicated to wildlife refuges, and walk the trails but don't forget to walk the extensive beach line a couple miles in. There is the Bald Eagle, the United States Symbol, that makes it's home in the watershed of this region called the eastern shore. The horseshoe crabs that make their home here date back some thousands of years in antiquity and still crawl the sands of this small island. If it's a local landscape with a island flair, them Kent island is the place to visit, and the sun soaking good time won't disappoint you.
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