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The Northern Tip of Maryland A Glance at Cecil County by Harold W. Hurst

Located at the northern tip of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Cecil County is bordered on the north by Pennsylvania, on the east by New Castle County, Delaware, on the west by the Susquehanna River, and on the south by both the Chesapeake Bay and the Sassafras River, which separates it from Kent County, Maryland. Several rivers span the county including the Elk, Bohemia and Northeast. A manmade waterway, the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, connects the southern part of the county with the Delaware River. For nearly two centuries, the chief towns have been Elkton, the county seat; Port Deposit, long the primary business center; Chesapeake City and Perryville. Established in 1674 (it once included Kent County), Cecil County has always been conspicuously different from the rest of the Eastern Shore region in its topography, racial composition and religious makeup. It is more like Pennsylvania and northern Delaware, while the rest of the peninsula is more similar to the South. In topography, the county’s sur-

Cecil County, Maryland face is varied; most of the northern section has rolling hills, contrasting it sharply with the flat character of the rest of Delmarva. Cecil County, with its many rivers and Bay exposure, is even more aquatic than the other counties on the Chesapeake Bay. Waterfowl have long flourished in the area. John James Audubon, the famous naturalist and ornithologist, visited the county in 1838. He wrote that the Bay and the Susquehanna, Northeast and Elk

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June 2013 ttimes web magazine  

June 2013 Tidewater Times

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