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Smith Island Center

Smith Island Center

Smith Island Center is a small museum in the tiny community of Ewell on one of only three Chesapeake Bay islands still occupied by working watermen and their families. At Island residents' busiest time--the crabbing season--the Center provides a spot for increasing numbers of visitors to learn about the Island, its history, economic and social life. The center includes permanent exhibits and a 20 minute film on: the history of the Island, working on the water, the interaction of people and the Chesapeake Bay, the role of women in Island life and the distinctive speech patterns which have developed on the Island.

Ferries depart for Smith Island from Crisfield, Maryland and Point Lookout in Southern Maryland. The cruise boats provide always provide round-trip service from the mainland from late spring through early fall.  The three passenger ferries operate year-round, and make at least one daily round-trip from Smith Island to Crisfield.  A second afternoon boat from the Island to Crisfield is usually available during warm weather months.

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Image Credit: NPS / Starke Jett
Last updated: February 27, 2020
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