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Old 12-02-2011, 04:10 PM
 
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I want to move to the Eastern shore of Maryland. What are some good towns?

A friend of mine told me to check out Stockton but when I drove through I seen Gang Graffiti on buildings and at the park. I also seen some shady characters.

What is the history of this town? Is it safe?

I also heard about Pocomoke City.
What is the history of this town. Any crime problems? What about stores?

I also heard about Salisbury.
But I heard that there is a lot of crime here. Is that true? Any good parts?

Any other cities and towns you can recommend?
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:52 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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pretty much anywhere you can smell the water and see new German cars will be fine.
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:33 PM
 
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Gangs in Stockton? Stockton is barely a town anymore. I don't think they even have a post office let a lone any turf for gangs to fight over.

I had no trouble living in Salisbury but I didn't find it a particularly wonderful place. It was just OK. I like Pocomoke and Snow Hill, also Chincoteague VA. Somerset County is so mired in good ol boy politics and institutional racism. I never really enjoyed going there for any reason, except to the beautiful campus of UMES for sporting events.
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:03 PM
 
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Gangs in Stockton? Stockton is barely a town anymore. I don't think they even have a post office let a lone any turf for gangs to fight over.

I had no trouble living in Salisbury but I didn't find it a particularly wonderful place. It was just OK. I like Pocomoke and Snow Hill, also Chincoteague VA. Somerset County is so mired in good ol boy politics and institutional racism. I never really enjoyed going there for any reason, except to the beautiful campus of UMES for sporting events.

I drove through Stockton and seen graffiti on the brick buildings at the intersections that said "SSS N*GGA" and "STOCKTON All DAY". Somebody crossed out the neighborhood crime watch sign with a black marker. Above stop on the sign, somebody wrote "don't". I went to the park and seen "Stud-City" written on the picnic tables. I seen writing all over the play scape. I talked to a local who said somebody broke in his house a couple of months back and another one said he had to call the cops on three young boys for trying to steal his 4 wheeler. I don't know what goes on in this town and they have some beautiful homes but stuff like this kind of scares me. Are you sure it's safe?

Was there something wrong with Salisbury for you not to find it wonderful?


What is Snow Hill and Pocomoke like?


Sorry if I'm asking too many questions. I'm just trying to find a nice place to settle down.
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Edgemere, Maryland
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How about spending a few days when the weather gets nicer on the Eastern Shore driving around different towns? Nothing beats finding out for yourself if you ask me. Everyone has different opinions and they'll likely differ from your own.
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:47 AM
 
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I drove through Stockton and seen graffiti on the brick buildings at the intersections that said "SSS N*GGA" and "STOCKTON All DAY". Somebody crossed out the neighborhood crime watch sign with a black marker. Above stop on the sign, somebody wrote "don't". I went to the park and seen "Stud-City" written on the picnic tables. I seen writing all over the play scape. I talked to a local who said somebody broke in his house a couple of months back and another one said he had to call the cops on three young boys for trying to steal his 4 wheeler. I don't know what goes on in this town and they have some beautiful homes but stuff like this kind of scares me. Are you sure it's safe?

Was there something wrong with Salisbury for you not to find it wonderful?


What is Snow Hill and Pocomoke like?


Sorry if I'm asking too many questions. I'm just trying to find a nice place to settle down.
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How about spending a few days when the weather gets nicer on the Eastern Shore driving around different towns? Nothing beats finding out for yourself if you ask me. Everyone has different opinions and they'll likely differ from your own.
Very good advice from MDGuy.

I drove through Stockton after dark a few weeks ago and I didn't notice the graffiti but it was dark, lol. You might be right, it's been several years since I lived in the area so I'm not that up to date. If it's true I'm just more surprised and disappointed than anything.

Pocomoke is a little bit bigger than Snow Hill. A lot of people like Snow Hill of the two because it's closer to the beach, but I know I'd choose Pocomoke because it's further away from the OC madness! Both have small downtowns with a handful of things to do. I used to visit both places a lot for work and found the locals quite friendly.

Salisbury had a lot going for it, good location and plenty of services plus Salisbury U. I don't know, it just sort of lacked a feeling of community, if that makes any sense. The things that I found wrong with it were mainly about development (everything clustered on U.S. 13, downtown shuttered after dark, etc) and having to rely on a car so much. But I understand most people really don't care about that stuff so I don't expect it to be shared. There are definitely pockets of Salisbury one could easily classify as "ghetto" however despite living right on the edge of these for 1.5 years I never had a problem.

Honestly I found Salisbury too big to be charming, too small to be cosmpolitan.

One ES town I visited recently and was surprised about was Denton. Thought it was quite nice and a lot closer to the bay bridge as well.

hope this helps.
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Old 12-04-2011, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Stuck on the East Coast, hoping to head West
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I really enjoy Easton, St Michael's, and Berlin/Snow Hill/Pocomoke.
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Edgemere, Maryland
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I forgot to mention- if you are looking for a place a little closer to larger cities, I would suggest Chesapeake City. Granted, some don't consider it on the Eastern Shore since it's on both sides of the canal, but I visited back in June and was pleasantly surprised. It has not been affected by sprawl (yet) and retains its character. I've read people here claiming there was nothing to do, but I found there to be just enough to do. The scenery on the canal waterfront is incredible. There is a charming "main street", Bohemia Ave. and I met a friendly older woman who's been working at a 150-year-old General Store turned gift shop for 20-some years. (South of the canal) Lots of historic buildings. Clean, no graftti, etc. Give it a shot, even if just for a visit. You can also simply use street view on Google Maps to get a feel for its appearance.
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:34 PM
 
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I forgot to mention- if you are looking for a place a little closer to larger cities, I would suggest Chesapeake City. Granted, some don't consider it on the Eastern Shore since it's on both sides of the canal, but I visited back in June and was pleasantly surprised. It has not been affected by sprawl (yet) and retains its character. I've read people here claiming there was nothing to do, but I found there to be just enough to do. The scenery on the canal waterfront is incredible. There is a charming "main street", Bohemia Ave. and I met a friendly older woman who's been working at a 150-year-old General Store turned gift shop for 20-some years. (South of the canal) Lots of historic buildings. Clean, no graftti, etc. Give it a shot, even if just for a visit. You can also simply use street view on Google Maps to get a feel for its appearance.
A very good suggestion. Chesapeake City is a place I've enjoyed since I was a kid. Eat at the Bayard House.
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Old 12-04-2011, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Edgemere, Maryland
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Eat at the Bayard House.
Will have to try that next time. I had a quick lunch at the outdoor eating area of Chesapeake Inn. The waitress was nice, but the food was simply okay (a "crab" pizza... just had microscopic bits of canned crab on top of a mediocre cheese & sauce pizza that wasn't even hot. Was expecting something similar to the one sold at Matthews Pizza in Highlandtown... now that's a crab pizza). It was a spur of the moment visit though. I've also read good things about Bohemia Cafe.

The whole town would be a nice place to spend an anniversary- especially in the spring. Which I might do, this year. They've got some interesting bed & breakfasts housed in fantastic early 19th century buildings on Bohemia Avenue.
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