Created to work for the best interest of our community; to identify and serve the needs of businesses; to increase the prosperity and encourage the growth of existing businesses; to foster the establishment of new tax paying businesses; to provide representation in governmental affairs; to work with educational, cultural, civic and service organizations.
Crisfield has an active Chamber which sponsors many events including its signature event, The Annual Hard Crab Derby. It also sponsors the J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clambake, the largest seafood festival in the State of Maryland. It hosts the Soft Shell Festival, 4th of July events, co-hosts the Waterman's Festival with the Tawes Museum, and the Crisfield Christmas Parade. These events help raise money to promote Crisfield and also help Crisfield area businesses.
Crisfield has long been referred to as "The Crab Capital of the World". The city is located on the Chesapeake Bay off Tangier Sound near the mouth of the Annemessex River bordered to the south by the Pocomoke River.
For nearly three centuries the area now called Crisfield has been famous for its seafood, especially Blue crabs and oysters. It is famous as well for its watermen, its natural beauty and a sense of community built on a common faith and deep roots. Crisfield has become a destination for travelers seeking recreation on the water, ecological wonders, friendly people and some of the best seafood in the country.
There are few towns in Maryland that have retained their cultural heritage as Crisfield has. The culture is reflected in the landscape, communities, churches and the faces of the people who live and work in the Crisfield area.
The City Dock and Somers Cove Marina
Crisfield has a protected harbor which encourages fishing and cruising vessels. Many crabbers and oystermen bring in their catch via this harbor which is lined by seafood packing plants. The downtown area rests directly on the waterfront where there is a large city pier. The municipal wharf and much of the town is built on a foundation of oyster shells.
Somers Cove Marina is a well-maintained marina which handles local and transient boaters. It is the largest state-owned marina in Maryland. Amenities include 485 boat slips, a large pavilion, a hotel, a swimming pool, comfort stations, laundry facilities, and three launching ramps. The marina is close to the downtown area of Crisfield. It has a shuttle service.
Crisfield is the southern-most town in the State of Maryland, located in Somerset County on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay.
Temperate but seasonal
Total Land Area
3 square miles
1.6 of those square miles is land
1.4 is water
The surface area of the town is 46.36% water