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expand Make Your Own Glass Ornaments
posted: Nov 14, 2018

Come to the Swimming Dog Studio to make your own Holiday ornaments. There are two sessions each day and a limit of 6 people per session. 

November 24 - 10am until 11am and 2pm-3pm

December 1 - 10am until 11am and 2pm-3pm

December 8 - 10am until 11am and 2pm-3pm

December 15 - 10am until 11am and 2pm-3pm

Cost is $25 per session

Call 301-648-5695 For details

302 N Washignton Street


expand Town Hall closes for New Years
posted: Nov 2, 2018

Town Hall in Snow Hill will be closed on Monday, December 31, 2018 and Tuesday, January 1, 2019 for New Years Eve and New Years Day. It will reopen at 8:30a.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

expand Editorial from Town Council
posted: Oct 17, 2018


October 15, 2018

We, the Town Council of Snow Hill, wish to make a public statement that will hopefully dispel the negative rumors that are being discussed regarding the Mayor, Town Council and Staff. 

Throughout Mayor Charlie Dorman’s administration, the Town Council had faith that he was making decisions that were in the best interest of the town and its citizens and that he was adhering to the regulations and guidelines of the Town Code.  We allowed and supported Mayor Dorman in making decisions to encourage business growth and economic development. We believed that what he told us was factual and that he was honest.  However, it came to light several months ago that there had been actions by the Mayor that we believed to be in violation of the duties of the Mayor as specified in the Town Charter. 

The Snow Hill Charter specifies the powers and duties of the Mayor and the Town Council.  The Town Council passes Ordinances for the good government of the town and has specific powers of governing the town, such as acquiring property, maintaining a police force, zoning, and expending municipal funds and managing the finances of the Town.  The Council makes the laws for this municipality.  Mayor Dorman has proclaimed that the Council took away his power.  This is false.  As stated herein, the position of Mayor never had the authority for the decisions he made.

The Charter continues to state that the Mayor shall see that all Ordinances are faithfully executed and shall be the chief executive officer and head of the administrative branch of the town government.  Additionally, he/she appoints and removes department heads with the majority approval of the Council; reports recommendations to the Council; supervises the financial administration of the government; and may veto or vote to break a tie.

Many decisions were made by the Mayor that the Council was unaware of.  Some examples:

·         An agreement was entered with a local business owner that required them to perform certain renovations to a building in exchange for being granted building ownership.  As part of the agreement, certain obligations had to be met prior to opening the business, some of which being safety-related or mandated by federal and state law.  Mayor Dorman directed staff to ignore the Code and laws, ignore the memorandum of agreement, and allow this business to open, fully aware it was in violation.  Additionally, Mayor Dorman covered some of the repair costs that the agreement stated were to be paid by the business owner. 

·         A resident requested a reduction in the cost of an EDU for water/sewer connection to a rental property and the Council denied the request.  Later, Mayor Dorman directed the Code Enforcement Officer to reduce the amount of the EDU by 50% without the knowledge or approval of the Council. 


In June 2018 Town Manager Kelly Pruitt submitted her notice to retire.  During discussions where we requested she reconsider, many issues were brought to the forefront that made us further investigate the activities and decisions made by the Mayor. Town staff members had met with the Mrs. Pruitt regarding a potential hostile work environment, stating they were made to perform duties at the Mayor’s direction that they believed to be in direct violation of the Code.  Mrs. Pruitt had decided to retire solely because of the issues with the Mayor.  Several other employees were seeking to leave employment because of the hostile environment and being put into situations where they felt uncomfortable. 

When the Council addressed these issues with Mayor Dorman he apologized for overstepping his authority and explained he would work to rebuild our trust.  He apologized to the Town Manager and the staff.  At the end of the meeting there was a mutual understanding that everyone would move forward in a positive, inclusive manner.  Since that meeting there has been a lot of community gossip where assumptions and untruths are being disseminated.  Mayor Dorman has continually made negative comments about the Council and town staff in an attempt to gain public sympathy.  He has championed to make the Council and Town Manager look bad in the public eye.  As a result, community members and business owners have stated that they feel a divide between themselves and town government.  The perceived “divide” stops today.

Mayor Dorman announced at the October 9th town meeting that he was resigning with no advance notice to or discussion with the Council.  The community stated they were told it was because he believed he had lost his “power”.  The truth is that he never lost any power.  He made decisions and promises that were the responsibility of the Council.

The Council has cohesively come together and discovered that our trust and belief in Mayor Dorman’s decision-making was violated and we found it necessary to hold the Mayor accountable.  We, as Council, support all local businesses and are united in continuing to bring more to Snow Hill.  However, we feel that the Code should be adhered to, to be fair and equal to all. 

We have spoken with former Mayor Stephen Mathews and requested that he take over the position of Mayor until the next election.  We feel this decision is in the best interest of residents and business owners in Snow Hill, as Mr. Mathews served as Mayor for 14 years and can easily take over the position.  Mr. Mathews has accepted our request and will be sworn in on November 1, 2018. 

Respectfully submitted,

Councilwoman Alison Cook, Councilwoman Jenny Hall, and Councilwoman LaToya Purnell



expand Mayor resigns effective October 31, 2018
posted: Oct 10, 2018

Mayor Charlie Dorman resigns

Snow Hill, Maryland – At the Mayor and Council meeting last evening, Mayor John “Charlie” Dorman submitted his resignation as Mayor, effective October 31, 2018. 

Per the Town Charter, Section 19 “Vacancies in the Office of Mayor”, “If a vacancy occurs in the office of Mayor because of death, removal, resignation, failure to qualify or otherwise, the Council shall without delay, but within not more than 45 days, elect a suitable qualified person to serve until the next regular election.  At the next regular election, the qualified voters shall elect a person to fill any unexpired term”.

The Town Council will be meeting to discuss an interim replacement for his position. 

Due to Mayor Dorman’s resignation, the Town will add the Mayor seat to the next election scheduled for May 7, 2019.  The successful candidate will serve for one year until the normally scheduled Mayor election occurs in 2020.  The 2019 election will also include the Council seats for Western and Central District. 

Anyone having questions may contact Kelly Pruitt, Town Manager at 410-632-2080 for more information. 


expand Town Hall Newsletter Published
posted: Sep 6, 2018

The Mayor and Council of Snow Hill has published its semi-annual newsletter to keep residents abreast of local government news. River Current is available at various locations in the town or on the website in PDF format. The Town plans to publish its newsletter twice a year. 

 The 2018 Fall Winter River Current

expand Snow Hill General Election results since 2010
posted: Aug 8, 2018

Click on this link to see the Results of Snow Hill Elections since 2010.

expand Docking Fees in Snow Hill
posted: Jun 29, 2018

There are now docking fees for boats staying overnight at the dock in Byrd, Sturgis and Gateway Parks in Snow Hill.

Daily - $10.00

Monthly - $150.00

Yearly - $350.00

These fees do not include electricity.

Electrical rate a day when operating heat or air conditioning is $12.00 per day.

Payments may be made at Snow Hill's Town Hall at 103 Bank Street between 8:30 and 4:30 M-F

Please contact the Code Enforcement Officer with any questions or to schedule docking at 410-632-2080 or Weekends and nights 410-603-4500







expand Blessing of the Combines
posted: Jun 27, 2018

Have you ever seen a farmer's Combine Harvester up close? Well, picture a whole line of them, parked right along Green Street in downtown Snow Hill. That’s what you’ll find at the 20th annual Blessing of the Combines on Saturday, August 4th. You will also find farm animals, agricultural themed games for children, lots of food, and live stage entertainment. Vendors will kick off the event at 10 am and all games and other activities will start by 11 am.
This popular summer event honors the agricultural community while bringing more than 2000 festival goers into downtown Snow Hill.
The Parade of Combines sets off down RT 12 to Green Street at 11:00 am.  A Parade of Combines, including an antique fire truck, antique tractors, lawn mowers and floats, crosses  the Pocomoke River Bridge and maneuvers to stop on Green Street, followed by a loud “throttle thrust” as the engines are cut. The “throttle thrust” will signal the Master of Ceremonies to begin the program with the presentation of colors by the Award winning Snow Hill High School Junior Marine Corps ROTC.  Opening Ceremonies take place at the Performance Stage located in front of the old firehouse. After recognitions the keynote speaker, Joseph Bartenfelder, Secretary, Maryland Department of Agriculture, will speak briefly. The keynote address will kick off the afternoon’s lineup of area musicians, featuring the Troy Grove Band.
A stroll along Vendors and Crafters Row leads to the Pocomoke River and a huge Antique Car Show located in Sturgis Park.  Also, located by the river are free pony rides, Beach Bounce houses and slides with unlimited rides with the purchase of an armband, and an exotic animal rescue display. Exhibits line Green Street plus LOTS of activities for children including a petting barnyard farm animal area, the Children’s Barnyard area of children’s games, free hay wagon rides and a Scales and Tales presentation from the Pocomoke River State Park. Scheduled activities include the popular Children’s Tractor Pull. Festival T-Shirts will be on sale to provide memories of the event.
Parking is clearly marked, and a shuttle bus runs from parking in Byrd Park to the event downtown. More information on parking can be found on the event web site at
There will be many, many craft and food vendors along Washington, Bank, and Green Streets. There’s still room for craft vendors and area organizations to participate in the festival. Contact Diana Nolte at 443-944-4402 or email to register. Exhibitor entry forms are available on the web site at
For details contact Becky Payne at 4437831715 or email


expand Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ at Furnace Town
posted: May 30, 2018

SNOW HILL, MD –Furnace Town Living Heritage Village is excited to announce the return of the Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ concert series for the 2018 season. The family-friendly series features live bluegrass performances, a showcase of local craft breweries, and delicious BBQ served by local restaurants. The series begins Saturday, June 9, and continues July 7 and wraps up on August 4. Every event starts at 4pm and ends at 7pm. The series is part of the Furnace Town Folk School, and they’ve added a master class workshop from 1pm-2pm for anyone interested in learning how to play bluegrass.

“The Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ Series is a great family event at Furnace Town”, says executive director Patrick Rofe. “The bluegrass performances are very popular. Families bring beach chairs and blankets and have a picnic while they watch the show. It’s a unique experience sitting in our historic nineteenth-century village in the Pocomoke Forest while listening to traditional bluegrass melodies – it’s easy to feel like you’ve stepped back in time.”

At the June 9 performance, Furnace Town presents Sarah Beth Meadows & Kellen Burger Road, an up-and-coming bluegrass band from the heart of West Virginia. With soulful vocals and solid instrumentation, they are sure to bring joy and “tappin’ toes” to any audience. Sarah Beth Meadows, Trisha Anderson, Jubal Taylor, and Josh Pitcock bring together a bluegrass sound of what West Virginia is all about – heart, soul, and great time with good friends. Kellen Burger Road can bring out the hillbilly in everyone.

While you watch the show there is available for purchase cold crisp beer from local craft breweries Evolution Craft Brewery Company and Tall Tales Brewery. As well as delicious BBQ served by NoBBQ or Backyard Louie’s BBQ, with dessert available from The Ugly Pie.

No Spare Time returns to Furnace Town for the second performance Saturday, July 7. No Spare Time is a bluegrass band featuring some of the best musicians from the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. They are a contemporary bluegrass band with a hunger for the original, a reverence for their craft and a drive like nobody else. They have a hard driving style of third-generation bluegrass with musicians Gary Bates, Mickey Justice, Larry Lynch, Wes Parks, and Gary Weber.

And Saturday, August 4 Furnace Town welcomes John O’Dell & Windy Ridge – Scott Walker, Banjo; Brad Sams, Bass; John O’Dell, Guitar; David Probst, Mandolin; and Tony Lyons, Fiddle. Over the last 35 years John O’Dell & Windy Ridge — as well as the Good Deale Bluegrass Band, of which John O’Dell was a founding member — have been entertaining audiences with traditional bluegrass and classic country music at some of the nation’s premier venues. Places like; Wolf Trap, The Kennedy Center, The Avalon Theater, The Birchmere, The Ram’s Head, Luckett’s Schoolhouse, and the Globe Theater, and festivals like Gettysburg, Pa., Watermelon Park, Va., Deale, Md., Union Grove, N.C., and Ocean City, Maryland.

In addition, their songwriting and musicianship has afforded them the opportunity to produce three critically-acclaimed albums and to perform at hundreds of municipal, corporate, government, major league sports, and university-sponsored events, TV, and radio broadcasts.

All three concerts in the series, June 9, July 7, and August 4 are Saturdays. Doors open at 4pm and the performance is from 5pm to 7pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 16 and members of Furnace Town. Tickets can be purchased at or at the door. For more information visit, call us at (410) 632-2032 or email us at

Support provided by Mid-South Audio, Shore Craft Beer, T.E.A.M. Productions, Worcester County Arts Council, and WOW 101.1 & 99.3 Retro Country. Sponsorships are still available and benefits include sponsor logos on posters, signs, websites, and more.  For more information about the Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ series, please call Patrick Rofe (410) 632-2032.

Funding for this event is in part provided by the Worcester County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, organizations dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

About Furnace Town

Furnace Town is dedicated to preserving the historic Nassawango Iron Furnace and engaging the public in the culture of our shared past. Throughout the year, the museum features artisans in period dress demonstrating crafts and trades that were practiced in Furnace Town and the Lower Eastern Shore during the nineteenth century. Artisans pass along these cultural traditions in classes offered in broom making, weaving, printing, and more in the Furnace Town Folk School.




expand Water Rates to Change
posted: May 24, 2018

Town of Snow Hill Water, Sewer, & Trash Removal Rates


In Town Rates (Quarterly)

0-6000 gallons - $32.81 Base Water

0-6000 gallons - $60.45 Base Sewer

Solid Waste Fee - $20.00 Trash Collection

BRFF - $15.00

CAP Improvement Fee - $2.50

Minimum (Base) Bill 0-6000 Gallons - $93.26   = Total minimum $130.76


6000+ gallons - $4.85 per 1000 gallons (Water)

6000+ gallons - $4.68 per 1000 gallons (Sewer)


Out of Town Rates (Quarterly)

0-6000 gallons - $49.22 Base Water

0-6000 gallons - $90.68 Base Sewer

BRFF - $15.00

CAP Improvement Fee - $2.50

Minimum (Base) Bill 0-6000 - Gallons $139.90 = Total minimum $ 157.40

6000+ gallons - $7.28 per 1000 gallons (Water)

6000+ gallons - $7.02 per 1000 gallons (Sewer)

$ 3,500.00 Water Hookup

$ 7,000.00 Sewer Hookup

Light Commercial Properties $60.00 per cart





expand Worcester Tech competes in SkillsUSA
posted: May 10, 2018

On Friday, April 13th & Saturday April 14th, the Worcester Technical High School SkillsUSA Chapter competed in the SkillsUSA Maryland State Championships. Forty Nine students came home with awards for their efforts. Worcester Tech also received the Maryland Chapter of Excellence Award one of only four schools in the state of Maryland. Tech also received a National Gold award for Chapter of Excellence in the state of Maryland. * 1st Place Winners: > Building Maintenance – Eric Taylor > Mobile Robotics – Maggie Kemp and Kaleb Schmucki > Career Pathways Bio Med – Makayla Zajdel, Sierra Payne and Danielle Munn > Career Pathways Human Services – Helen Odenwald, Jessica Travers and Mia Dill > Community Action Project – Victoria Moreau and Adam Taylor > Community Service – Amya Mumford, Erica Webb and Alexis Molnar > Occupational Health and Safety – DJ Taylor, Harley Elsner and Zach Moats > Related Technical Math – Shea Griffin > Team Engineering Challenge (Snow Hill Middle School) – Daniel Outten, Rebecca Staines and Luke Staines > 2018 – 2019 SkillsUSA Maryland State Parliamentarian – Helen Odenwald > 2018 SkillsUSA National Voting Delegate – Victor Vick > 2018 – 2019 SkillsUSA National Officer Candidate – Caden Massey * 2nd Place Winners: > Building Maintenance – Isaiah Foreman > Team Engineering Challenge (Middle School) – Anyavir Sangwan, Amella Mehan and Tyler Udzielak > Quiz Bowl - Zachary Davis, Andrew Burke, Kyle Kato, Ian Albert, Emma Moore, Sophia Goodwin and Meagan Hurley > Opening & Closing Contest – Charlie Blakelock, Victor Vick, Meagan Hardy, Carson Shanholtz, Makayla Jones, Danasia Wright and Shelby Mays > Power Equipment –Lucas Layton > Medical math – Ivy Stearn > Welding Sculpture – Michael Larger * 3rd Place Winners: > Power Equipment – Cody White > Building Maintenance – Tannon Bowen > Mobile Robotics – Michael Wooten and Andrew Miller > Team Engineering Challenge (Middle School) – Ayati Sangwan, Lessica Beck and Shiloh Ponds All twenty one 1st place winners, the SkillsUSA Maryland Parliamentarian and the national voting delegate will be attending the SkillsUSA Conference in Louisville, Kentucky from June 25th – 30th to compete against their peers from across the country. Our SkillsUSA Chapter has been working hard throughout the year. Twenty students attended the Fall Leadership Conference and ninety six students participated in the SkillsUSA Maryland state competitions. The expense of airfare, lodging, meals, and entry fees exceed the school budget. Our SkillsUSA Chapter has already partaken in many fundraisers, throughout the year, to raise money to support our chapter; unfortunately, we need to raise additional funds. We would like your help. We would appreciate any type of donation or assistance you could provide to help our students flourish and excel. If you want to be of assistance, you can make checks payable to Worcester Technical High School. The Worcester Technical High School’s SkillsUSA Chapter would like to thank you for your time and partnership in educating our youth. Sincerely, Crystal Bunting Richard L. Stephens Crystal Bunting Richard L. Stephens Sr. 6290 Worcester Highway Newark, MD 21841 6290 Worcester Highway Newark, MD 21841 SkillsUSA Advisor 410-632-5548 Tax I.D. 52-600-1062 SkillsUSA Advisor 410-632-5050

expand Shore Transit Stop moves
posted: Apr 13, 2018

Important Notice from Shore Transit: As of Saturday, April 21st Sturgis Park in Snow Hill will no longer be served as a bus stop.

For Route 452: a designated Flag Stop has been established at the corner of Franklin and West Market Streets

For Route 432 - a designated Flag Stop has been established at the corner of Bank Street and West Market Steets

Designated Flag Stops require that you call 30 minutes prior to the anticipated scheduled pick-up time, so that the drivers can anticipate a pick-up at that location along the route.

 Questions? Call Customer Service at 443-260-2300

expand Farmers Market to return in May 2018
posted: Mar 20, 2018

Thursday, May 3, 2018 marks the first day for Snow Hill's Farmer's Market. The market is held each Thursday through October in the parking lot behind Town Hall. Come to the market for the season's best produce, bedding plants and handmade items.

Rosenfeld's Roadside Deli will be coming to Snow Hill every other Thrusday from 11:00 until 2:00 in coordination with the Farmers Market. Rosenfeld's will begin service to Snow Hill on Thursday May 3rd for the market.

Vendors are welcome. Although there is no fee to become a vendor, there is a registration form below to be completed and turned in on the first day of the market.

Call 410-632-2080 for more information

Registration Form

expand Chamber Music by the Sea
posted: Jan 15, 2018

Chamber Music by the Sea

 The Worcester County Education Foundation introduces Chamber Music By the Sea, a benefit for education. If you are craving an intimate, up-close-and-personal-with-the-musicians concert experience, we've got just the events for you.

This year, a group of five internationally renowned musicians will be offering two public concerts and two house concerts. The musicians include international solo artists who play with major orchestras around the world. The artists for 2018 are Vivki Powell, viola; Anthony McGill, clarinet; Elena Urioste, violin; Tom Poster, piano; Bella Hristova, violin; and Guy Johnston, cello. 

The public concerts will be held at the Buckingham Presbyterian Church in Berlin on Friday, August 17th and at the All Hallows Episcopal Church in Snow Hill on Sunday, August 19th.  Both concerts begin at 7:00 pm. Ticket prices are $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for students. Tickets for the public concerts are available at all branch offices of Taylor Bank and the Bank of Ocean City, West Ocean City and Ocean Pines Branches. Also, tickets for the public concerts will be available at the door.

In addition, if you are seeking a more intimate experience, two house concerts will take place on August 15th in South Point and August 14th in Snow Hill. At the house concerts, the musicians will play one-hour programs in two gorgeous homes in Snow Hill and South Point. Nibbles and sips will be offered, the music will be interspersed with chatting from the musicians, and there will be ample time to mingle and get to know everyone afterwards. It's a warm, wonderful experience for all involved, and (truth be told) it's how chamber music was meant to be played --in someone's personal "chamber"! A limited number of tickets are available for the house concerts. Ticket price for the house concert which includes nibbles, dessert, and wine is $125.00 per person and is a tax deductible donation to the Worcester County Education Foundation. House concert reservations for tickets can be made at the Bishop Stock’s Gallery in Snow Hill or by contacting Melissa Reid (443-365-0014) or Hope Palmer (443-944-5780).

Chamber Music by the Sea is sponsored by the Worcester County Education Foundation (WCEF), a 501(c) 3 non-profit. The WCEF is a group of parents, teachers and business leaders committed to establishing a pro-active partnership between the community and the public school system by linking community resources with the educational needs of its students to provide an equal opportunity for all students to succeed. All proceeds from the Chamber Music by the Sea concert series will be used to provide scholarships to students pursuing a career in the visual and performing arts. All contributions to the events are tax deductable.

For more information about the concert series and artists, visit the Chamber Music by the Sea Facebook page.





expand Holiday Closings for 2018
posted: Jan 2, 2018

The offices in Town Hall will be closed for 13 holidays during 2018. The Holiday Closings Schedule for Calendar Year 2018 is available here.

 Call Town Hall at 410-632-2080 for more information

expand 2018 Snow Hill Events Calendar
posted: Dec 27, 2017

The 2018 Events Calandar for Snow Hill is available. Click here to see the entire year of scheduled events in Snow Hill.

Printed brochures of the Events calendar are available in Town Hall and in area businesses.

Call 410-632-2080 for more informtation.

expand Folk School Opens at Furnace Town
posted: Aug 17, 2017

Furnace Town Launches Folk School

Snow Hill, Maryland – Furnace Town Living Heritage Village announces the launch of the Furnace Town Folk School with $4,750 in grant support from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and Worcester County Arts Council. The Folk School offers classes in broom making, weaving, and printing with plans to expand the program in 2018 to include blacksmithing, fiber arts, music, storytelling, and more. Each four hour class is appropriate for ages 8 and up and cost $35 per person, or $25 for members of Furnace Town.

The Furnace Town Folk School is an idea brought to life through the passionate contributions from our community and board of directors. The Folk School promotes and preserves the stories, skills and knowledge of life in the nineteenth-century on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

“The overall goal of the Furnace Town Folk School is to promote and preserve the knowledge, skills and stories of the past and present. We’ve been talking about launching the new program for a few years because it’s a natural extension of our interpretive program”, says Doug Glascox, Furnace Town board president. “Our artisans work throughout the season demonstrating their crafts and trades, and the Folk School offers us a way to strengthen the program. The support from local artisans has been fantastic.”

Hands-on classes and workshops are the foundation of the new program and are taught by artisans from Furnace Town as well as regional artisans. The Folk School provides creative and meaningful opportunities to explore and examine life from a time gone by.

Workshops and programs enrich lives and build community by teaching traditional nineteenth-century trades in a student centered learning environment, where current and future generations will continue this rich cultural legacy.

“Visitors at Furnace Town can now explore at a deeper level the daily lives of those that lived at Furnace Town and on the Eastern Shore in the nineteenth century”, adds Patrick Rofe, executive director.  “The hands-on workshops are designed to help students understand the culture and daily routines of life in Furnace Town and a nineteenth-century village.”

“The Folk School has been embraced by business and community leaders who understand the need to promote tourism on the Lower Eastern Shore. It lets us to give back to our community. Furnace Town receives generous support from our community and as the school grows, we’ll draw visitors from the region and beyond and they will all need a place to stay, eat, and shop. The Folk School will promote tourism to the region and strengthen our community both economically and culturally.”

Set in the Pocomoke Forest and among our unique collection of historic nineteenth-century buildings and Nassawango Iron Furnace, the Folk School is an immersive learning center for the study of our history and provides a concrete basis for ideas and traditions that help inform who we are and where we came from.

The artisans preserve our history and culture in a way that draws people in and gives them a literal way of touching the past. It gives visitors a direct connection to social values and customs of our ancestors. This unique presentation of our cultural heritage helps us better understand previous generations and ensures ongoing public access and interaction.

More information is available on Furnace Town’s website and Facebook page. To sign up for a class contact Furnace Town at or (410) 632-2032, or visit Furnace Town at  Eventbrite. Classes are four hours long and cost $35 per student or $25 if you’re a member of Furnace Town. All classes are at Furnace Town at 3816 Old Furnace Road, Snow Hill 21863.

Funding for this event is in part provided by the Worcester County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, organizations dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.


expand Furnace Town Folk School established
posted: Jul 5, 2017

Check out our new Folk School!
We are excited to launch the Furnace Town Folk School! Take classes from our artisans in broom making, printing, weaving, and more. We think you’ll have as much fun as much as we do.
Support provided by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Funding for this event is in part provided by the Worcester County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, organizations dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.
Weaving Class: Beginner $50.00


expand Flushing Schedule for 2017
posted: Apr 19, 2017

The Snow Hill Water Department will be flushing hydrants the first two weeks of the months of April  through December.

The Town of Snow Hill posts the Flushing Schedule for 2017.

For more information, Call Jason Self at 410-632-1144.


expand Consider Native Plants this spring
posted: Apr 7, 2017

Consider Native Plants This Spring!

In the last 50 years the world’s population has more than doubled, and now surpasses an astonishing 7.5-billion free willed people. In such a short period of extreme growth, the environment has been forced to compensate for the additional people leaving landscapes compromised. Changes in land cover and agricultural management systems have given people the ability to migrate, settle and survive. These changes have supported human growth and development, but it seems many have forgotten we are not the only species inhabiting this planet. As human’s habitat spreads across the world, important habitats for pollinating species have diminished. Grasslands and forestlands have been converted into farmland and urbanized space. Humans have built up the world around them, but lacked to mitigate for the habitats lost.

Pollinating animals play a very important role in maintaining our world’s entire food web. Few plants self-pollinate so many are reliant on pollen vectors, such as wind or animals, to transfer their pollen grains from the male to female part of the flower. These bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other similar invertebrate species facilitate reproduction in nearly 90% of the world’s flowering plants, yet their hard work seems too often taken for granted. The loss of habitual land has resulted in greater competition among native wildlife and migrating pollinators alike. Competition for food and shelter, two basic means for survival, increases as rural lands are cultivated for human development. When changes are made to the natural landscape, the quantity and quality of habitat are reduced, resources become scarce and biodiversity is lost.

The abundance and diversity of pollinator populations are consistent with the availability of viable land. Urbanized areas remove much of the native landscape and replace open spaces with unnatural hardscapes. Urbanized areas, however, can actually provide decent habitat for pollinator species, but they’re dependent on people for creating them. The Maryland Bay-Wise program makes resources for landscape management practices readily available on their website These practices will strengthen and improve the health of the natural environment, which creates good habitat.  Most pollinating species have shown to be resilient against the changing landscapes, but many populations have struggled to survive as habitat is lost and competition drastically increases.

In recent years, numerous pollinating animals have been Federally-listed as Endangered or Threatened species. The American Bumblebee (Bombus pennsylvanicus) is highly susceptible to the effects of invasive agriculture and has declined an astonishing 96% in recent decades. As of this March, the Bumblebee has been added to the endangered species list, and this list is expected to only grow longer with time. The fear of the threatened European Honey bee (Apis mellifera) extinction has been a topic for discussion in past decades, yet the trend is still declining. The Honey bee on the verge of extinction is a scary situation since we are so reliant on their ecosystem services. Approximately one third of every all food American’s eat is directly or indirectly derived from Honey bee pollination! Our current food system, however, is not in sync with the natural processes occurring in our world.

Large-scale, modern agriculture contributes to habitat decline by eliminating hedge rows and buffers for increased crop yields. Rural sites tend to have higher numbers and greater diversity of flower forage, which makes these locations well suited for diverse groups of pollinators. Pollinators are considered keystone species because their impact in terrestrial ecosystems plays a critical role in maintaining the structure of ecological community and affects many other organisms in that ecosystem. But as the world’s population continues to grow, so does a rising demand for food and the solution has been to replace natural landscapes with intensive monocultures. Wildflowers used to coexist along crop fields and provide habitat for many pollinators, but now these simplified landscapes offer little in the way of food or nesting areas. In reality, it seems we may be causing even greater harm to our food supply in the long run by completely draining landscapes of all natural resources, which in turn affects the health the environment and the keystone species within it

Environmentally friendly farming methods are not as widely practiced as pollinators and other wildlife need them to be. In England, they’ve begun paying farmers to plant wildflowers along their crop beds as a way to incentivize pollinator friendly practices. Similarly, we offer farmers incentives for planting buffers along waterbodies, a practice which benefits both pollinators and water quality. The United States Department of Agriculture has various programs targeted towards conservation, restoration and environmental improvement. Farmers can partake in relevant programs, such as Agriculture Management Assistance, and learn new ways to increase wildlife habitat, reduce soil erosion, enhance water supply & improve water quality. For more information about alternative farming practices and programs visit

Despite the negative diction, pollinators still have hope. They have proven to be resilient in built up spaces, though abundance not high. We have the ability to influence greater numbers and diversity among pollinators and it’s really quite easy. What pollinators need for a suitable habitat is food, water and a nesting place. If you already have a garden growing you’re off to a great start! You can encourage a larger number of pollinators by planting a variety of flowers, ideally natives, of different color, shape, size, and smell with a range of bloom times. Although species such as the Monarch butterfly require milkweed plants for the caterpillar cycle, most pollinators are generalists and diverse plantings will provide a bountiful source of food that attracts many different varieties to your garden.

Numerous local organizations work to restore habitat across the Eastern Shore and educate communities about best conservation practices. The Lower Shore Land Trust is one of these organizations working to improve habitat for pollinators across large landscape level areas, in public parks and on private properties. This spring they are launching a Pollinator Certification Program to encourage pollinator friendly gardens. This program aims to enhance pollinator habitat and encourage conservation actions in backyards. The program is funded in part by the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council and strives to educate communities about the benefits of landscaping with native plants, important to the natural heritage of the Easter Shore.

Everyone can be part of the solution!  Incorporate the four criteria for heathy pollinator habitat - food source, water source, cover source and conservation measures, and you are well on your way to becoming a pollinator friendly yard. Becoming Certified Pollinator Friendly with the Lower Shore Land Trust will reflect your commitment to protecting pollinators and encourage others to learn about the benefits. Visit the Lower Shore Land Trust website to learn more about how you can be a positive force for biodiversity! For additional information, contact Michelle Winters, AmeriCorps Service Member, at or 443-234-5587.


expand Water quality Report 2017
posted: Apr 5, 2017

Follow this link to the Town's most recent CCR Report on its Water Quality for 2017.

expand Snow Hill Receives Main Street Affiliate Status
posted: Nov 2, 2016

Snow Hill has received word from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) that it has been designated as a Main Street Affiliate. The purpose of the program is to assist smaller towns and communities with economic development strategies, using the National Main Street Center's Main Street Approach: Economic Vitality, Design, Promotion and Organization with Maryland's Fifth point Clean, Safe and Green. The Town will be working with representatives from DHCD to develop an Affiliate Action Plan that can be used to meet specific commercial goals for the Town.

expand Help for Small Businesses in Snow Hill
posted: Sep 8, 2016

The Maryland Small Business Development Center Network has assisted numerous new and current businesses over the years across Worcester County, the Eastern Shore, and state of Maryland. This year, the center has expanded services in Snow Hill with the support of Worcester County and the town of Snow Hill. As an accredited member of the national network, the Maryland centers are committed with pairing business advisors to small business owners to support start-up or ongoing activities by offering cost services.
Snow Hill is currently served by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located at the Perdue School of Business, Salisbury University. In the hope of better assisting the community of Snow Hill, SBDC counselor Tim Sherman works in Snow Hill twice a month. Sherman has been with the SBDC for a little over a year and is passionate about helping small businesses open for business as well as helping current business build sustainable practices. The scope of the work of the SBDC includes assistance with writing business plans, projecting future cash flows, providing start-up assistance, and discussing marketing options but the organization is not limited to these activities. Any small for-profit business can approach the SBDC for free help by a friendly and qualified counselor.
To reach Tim Sherman, you can call him at his office in Salisbury, MD at (410)-548-4505 or visit him in Snow Hill from 9-1 the first and third Wednesday of every month.
You may also contact Michael Day, Snow Hill Economic Development Coordinator at 443-735-0957 or email him at

expand Coastal Style Magazine Article
posted: May 16, 2016

From the recent article by Mindie Burgoyne in Coastal Style Magazine
Day trips on flat water, #3. Porters Crossing, Maryland — Worcester County

The Pocomoke River in Worcester County is Maryland’s deepest river for its width — and second deepest for its width in the world (the Nile is no. 1). The Pocomoke got its name from the Algonquin word meaning “black water,” and about six feet below the surface, there is no ambient light, so wearing life jackets on this river is a must. It is by far one of the region’s most scenic rivers. This trail has varied landscapes: forest, swamp, open water and a place to disembark if you want to rest. Launch at the Pocomoke River Canoe Company ($10 launch fee) in Snow Hill. The guides there are competent, friendly and enthusiastic about the Pocomoke River. It’s a five-mile paddle each way.

The water trail between Porters Crossing and Snow Hill runs through a densely forested cypress swamp. The forest canopy provides cool shade in the summer. The river is narrow, and the water is still. Wildlife is abundant, especially in the summer. There is life all around but not a sound from the human-inhabited world. This trail is secluded. Cypress knees push up through the water and onto the banks, and it’s not uncommon to see otter, turtles and water snakes. When the water is still, and there’s enough light coming through the trees, beware of an optical illusion that reflects the trees at the water’s surface. It becomes impossible to see where the waterline separates reflection from the actual trees.
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Coastal Style Magazine is the Eastern Shore's most popular and widely read publication.


expand Willow Street Property RFP
posted: May 2, 2016

Follow this link to learn more about the Willow Street Property for sale by the Town - ideal for renovation and restoration.Click here for the advertisement that appeared in the paper.


expand Snow Hill Featured in Kayaking Magazine
posted: Feb 16, 2016

Follow the link below see what kayaker and writer, Natalie Warren, has to say about her visit to Snow Hill late last year.
Snow Hill is featured in Canoe & Kayak Magazine!!


expand Green Pearl Contemporary Fine Art
posted: Jan 5, 2016

Ground Breaking and Welcoming
Green Pearl Contemporary Fine Art
Monday, January 11th, 9 AM

112 Pearl Street

First Shore Federal in Snow Hill, MD, will be hosting a ground breaking and welcoming Monday, January 11th, at 9 AM at 112 Pearl Street, which is behind the branch office on Green Street.  Sue Vincent, branch manager and Marty Neat, President of 1st Shore Federal will be on hand to welcome Paul Volker, who will be opening up his new art gallery and studio, Green Pearl Contemporary Fine Art, once the renovations are completed.

Over the last 25 years Mr. Volker has produced over 3,000 works of art, many owned by collectors around the country and internationally.  The gallery will be open to the public and designed so that visitors can look at paintings on display and also observe and talk to the artist at work. There will also be a small retail area featuring cards, prints and small works for purchase. 

First Shore Federal has already taken advantage of the town’s façade grant program, renovating the front of the building.  They will also be helping Paul with interior renovations and will take advantage of the new interior grant program the town will be introducing later this month.  The bank is using this as an opportunity to demonstrate their involvement with the town and economic growth.

Snow Hill is a Maryland Art & Entertainment District, designated by the Maryland Department of Commerce.
Tax incentives are offered through the state and town for working artists, renovation projects and entertainment events.

For more information about Green Pearl Contemporary Fine Art please contact Paul Volker at 614-395-6783
or email:

For more information about Snow Hill’s Art & Entertainment District contact Michael Day at 443-735-0957
or email:


expand Questions & Answers about Trash
posted: Dec 21, 2015

The Mayor & Council has adopted a new trash collection policy for Snow Hill. Click on the link to see answers to the most common questions.

expand Time Change for Mayor & Council Work Sessions
posted: Jul 10, 2015

The Mayor and Council of Snow Hill work session times have been changed. The meeting on the first Tuesday of the month will remain at 4:30 pm but the meeting on the last Tuesday of the month will now be held at 6:00 pm.  This is in hopes to have better attendance for those interested. 

expand Strategic Revitalization Plan Available
posted: Mar 16, 2015

The Town's recently adopted Strategic Revitalization Plan (SRP) is available in Town Hall. Copies are available free of charge on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

Town Hall is located at 103 Bank Street and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 - 4:30.

expand Snow Hill Ecumenical Food Pantry
posted: Dec 29, 2014

"I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me drink." Matthew 25:35

Snow Hill Ecumenical Food Pantry distributes food the second Friday of every month. It also  provides emergency food service. 

The pantry was established as an ecumenical food pantry, which means that it is supported by local churches and parishes in the area to provide food for those in need. The mission is to provide food and resources to those in need in Snow Hill and the surrounding areas.

For information on volunteering and providing support, please contact the pantry at or visit the website:

The new location for the pantry is 241 South Washington Street in Snow Hill.

Town Hall at 103 Bank Sreet is now a Drop Off place for Food Pantry donations. Look for the basket in the lobby. 

Checks may be made out to Snow Hill ecumenical Food pantry and sent to the Mailing address:

P.O. Box 165,

Snow Hill, MD 21863

Needs as of 12-29-2014 include: Peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti sauce, shaghetti noodles, canned chicken, tuna and hams, canned vegetables, medium sized boxes of cereal, bags of beans or rice. Town Hall at 103 Bank Street is now a drop off point for contributions to the Food Pantry.

Gift cards for Office supplies from Staples or Sam's Club are always appreciated. 

expand Snow Hill is Added to MDE Site
posted: Jul 22, 2014

The state of Maryland maintains a Green Registry of businesses and localities that conform to certain environmental friendly standards as part of its Smart, Green, and Growing initiative. By highlighting its sustainable and green practices in an application, the Town of Snow Hill was recently named to the Maryland Green Registry. While most of the entries on it are individual businesses, the Town is one of four municipalities that have completed its profile for the Maryland Department Environment (MDE) site.  Maryland Green Registry members are saving over $79 million annually through environmental best practices.

Go to the Green Registry at and click on Snow Hill to see its profile and profiles of others to learn more about how these practical, proven practices can save money and put your business or organization on the path to sustainability. 

expand Town joins Shore Power Project
posted: Jan 22, 2014

Town joins Shore Power Project

Snow Hill and four other towns have joined together to take advantage of the Easton –based Town Creek Foundation’s $150,000 grant to examine energy use by municipalities on the Eastern Shore. An article by Jamie Smith Hopkins in the Baltimore Sun on January 21, 2014 highlights the partnership to ultimately save energy on the Shore. The Shore Power Energy Project will be led by Washington College Center for Environment and Society (CES) and is designed to help community leaders on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to track energy and reduce energy expenditures and green house gas emissions..

The Eastern Shore has always been environmentally sensitive. It is believed that the alliance between Cambridge, Snow Hill, Easton, and Salisbury which replicates the previous study for Chestertown may be the first of its kind in the state to study energy use and to conserve energy regionally. The Department of the Environment in Maryland is very excited to see the cooperative effort by the towns. The Department sees the project’s potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 25% by the year 2020.

As each town conducts an energy audit, it will find ways to reduce energy use and to save money by making changes to its energy consumption. The municipalities shall assist CES with energy usage data with regard to its municipal buildings, municipal fleet, landscaping, recycling, etc.

Snow Hill Planner, Karen Houtman says” we are excited to get some assistance tracking energy usage and determining the most economically sustainable options to reduce energy usage.”

To read the full article go to



expand Great article about Snow Hill
posted: Jun 3, 2013

This is the first in a series of commentaries submitted by the four volunteer community members of The Daily Times Editorial Board as their six-month term comes to an end. — Editor
When my husband and I decided to look for property to start a bed and breakfast back in 1990, we knew we wanted to be on the Eastern Shore. We had kept our sailboat at Kent Narrows, and loved sailing the Chesapeake Bay.
The “Land of Pleasant Living” certainly fit the ticket for two people who had had enough of corporate life and
needed to find calm and control over our time and resources.
As we searched through all the by-ways we finally found a home in the town called Snow Hill. I had reservations
about small town living; it can be difficult to integrate into the social system when you are an outsider. But not in
Snow Hill. We were treated as welcome new members of the community. I had a small sign that I would point to
when our guests asked if we were natives. It said “I wasn’t born here but I got here as soon as I could.” And that’s exactly how I feel about the place that has embraced us.
We have moved a lot and I often thought about where I would go if I had to choose any of those places. The first
Sunday we were here, we took a break from renovations and went to church. After the kind greetings of the
congregants, and the warm atmosphere of acceptance I turned to my husband and said “Honey, we’re home.”
Part of being accepted is a willingness to pitch in, to be someone who is happy to give back to others. It can be
contagious, and others will catch the spirit. The common theme you will hear in this town is how much we love this
town. We can’t imagine living anywhere else.
My neighbors all keep track of each other, to care about and help when needed. My husband had a severe accident that had him in Shock Trauma and then bed-bound for three months. He received a paper grocery bag full of get well cards to cheer him up. People came and sat just to visit.
That’s kindness and caring. When I had to call an ambulance when he was ill, our Chief of Police came to make sure everything went well. How wonderful to see a concerned face in times of stress.

We have friends who have moved to retirement communities, giving up friends and neighbors of many years. They urge us to do likewise, which is a puzzle. Small towns have a sense of place, where you go out in the evening or sit on your porch to greet your friends. I walk our standard poodles around town almost every day. There is always someone out and about, even some who I don’t really know except we always cross paths and say good morning. Being in a small town means you can walk almost anywhere you want to go. It’s small town life for us.
Here is where our hearts are, and here we will stay.

Susanne Knudsen is a former Mayor of Snow Hill.

expand Speed Cameras Are in Snow Hill
posted: Mar 15, 2012

Speed Cameras are in Snow Hill. In an effort to increase driver compliance with the posted School Zone speed limits surrounding Cedar Chapel School and Snow Hill Elementary, Middle and High Schools, the Town has launched an Automated Speed Enforcement Camera Program Similar programs are being utilized in Delmar, Princess Anne and Fruitland, and are viewed as an effective means of positively changing driver behavior and improving safety for both pedestrians and motorists.

According to Chief Kirk Daugherty, “Our main objective is to protect the children and residents of Snow Hill from drivers who are choosing to disobey the posted speed limit and break the law”. 

If you receive a citation through the Speed Camera Enforcement  program you may pay it online at You will need to provide the Citation Number and the License Plate Number of the vehicle. There is a $3.50 processing fee to pay online. 

If you receive a citation for a speed camera violation in error, you may be able to use an Affidavit to Transfer Liability. 



expand Help for Snow Hill Businesses
posted: Jul 12, 2011

Are you thinking about locating a business in Snow Hill or do you want to expand the business you now have? Town Hall is here to help. Come in and meet with the Town Manager, Kelly Pruitt, or others officers in Town Hall to discuss your plans and to learn about the Town’s code, and financing opportunities that the Town has to offer.
Through a grant, The Town has small business loans available for new and existing business owners in the town. Business owners can borrow up to $10,000 at a 3% interest rate for 5 years. Applications are available in Town Hall at 103 Bank Street.
So come to Town Hall where you will find people who are eager to assist small businesses and to help others to enjoy our charming and unique small town. 

expand Snow Hill Historic District Guidelines
posted: Feb 23, 2011

The Mayor and Council approved the Historic District Guidelines for Property Owners in December of 2010. A copy of The Snow Hill Historic District, A Reference Guide for Property Owners is available here in PDF format.

It is also available in hard copy at Town Hall for $5.00 per copy.

Call Ann Gibb at 410-632-2080 for more information

expand Water Meter Leaks
posted: Jul 29, 2010

Water Meter Leaks
The Town of Snow Hill Water and Wastewater Department has installed new meters that report any water leaks detected. Water leaks, such as a running toilet can cause your water bill to drastically increase. 
If a leak has been found, you will see notification on your quarterly water/sewer bill. Please review your bill thoroughly for any communication from the Town about potential problems.
If you have any questions regarding your water/sewer bill please contact Town Hall at 410-632-2080.

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