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Princess Anne Historic Cell Phone Tour

Free Cell Phone Tour Celebrates Local Heritage

Visitors to Princess Anne can now experience the authentic Eastern Shore in Princess Anne - the rich heritage of our historic community using their own cell phones. Hear the stories of freemen and slaves, innkeepers, merchants and more. The tour highlights over 300 years of Princess Anne history from the Colonial era, Revolutionary, Civil and World Wars, the heyday of steamboat travel, the arrival of the railroad and the first "talking" picture show. 

The FREE Heritage Cell Phone tour, the first of its kind on the Eastern Shore, features 68 stories and 40 sites about the people and historic places throughout the town.

Prepare to be entertained, amused, and informed!

  • Hear stories of the rich and famous, including Littleton Dennis Teackle and his wife Elizabeth who built their estate Teackletonia in 1805.

  • Learn the uplifting history of the African American founders of the Metropolitan Methodist Church who built their house of worship on the site of the former slave auction block.

  • Relive stories of the famed Washington Hotel, a Town fixture for over 200 years, when grog was paid for in shillings and pence.

  • Enjoy the beauty of the boxwood garden - over 160 years old, hear about its history and plantings, and learn about the woman who created it.

  • And, laugh at some amusing stories that have been entertaining locals and visitors for decades.

Looking for an inexpensive "stay-cation"? The Princess Anne Heritage Cell Phone Tour is FREE, and available 24/7. (Visitors use their own cell phone minutes). Visit the stops that interest you in any order. 

Brochures are available at local businesses, Princess Anne Library, Somerset County Visitors Center, Princess Anne Welcome Center in Manokin River Park, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). 

Tour content was drawn from the archives of the Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture, books, publications and interviews. Information was also provided by members of the community, including home and business owners, clergy, and UMES. 

The tour is brought to you by the Main Street Princess Anne Partnership, and was funded, in part, through a State of Maryland Main Street Improvement Program Grant. 

The Voice Behind The Tour

Jeanne du Nord, Princess Anne resident, author of numerous books and an award winning playwright, narrates the tour. Her most recent book "Makepeace - the Roots of American Liberty" is the chronicle of the early settlements on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Jeanne's books are available at Independence Hall at the Somerset County Historical Society shop.

Right Now You Can Call… 410.864.7000

Learn about all the unique history and people that make Princess Anne what it is today!

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