Claiborne

Claiborne Ferry circa 1920’s

The small community of Claiborne is located just outside of the popular historic town of St. Michaels just 4.5 miles on Rt. 33 W on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Rich in history, the village was once a busy ferry port for passenger and automobile service between the western shore’s town of Bay Ridge across the Chesapeake Bay to Claiborne providing a convenient mode of transportation to coastal communities such as Ocean City, Md. The town was very busy at that time with numerous stores and hotels to accommodate its many visitors, of which several still exist and have been transformed into private residences.  The railroad service continued until 1928. In 1919, a competing ferry service was established between Annapolis and Claiborne which helped to improve roadways between Claiborne and Easton, Md. Ferry services eventually stopped running in 1952 when the Chesapeake Bay Bridge was built. Claiborne is also home to Maple Hall, a 7 acre, historic waterfront Inn built in 1800 and popular place to stay among the elite ferry passengers of the time.  The inn is currently for sale although it has remained in the same family for over 200 years. Please contact us for more information about this grand opportunity to purchase this special 10 guestroom estate with private owner’s quarters.

Living in Claiborne

The Claiborne public landing offers many options for outdoor activities.

The 2000 U.S. Census lists the population as 147 and the number of homes as 84. Located near the mouth of Eastern Bay, Claiborne’s residents enjoy deep water access and views across the Miles River and along Tilghman Creek. Many dock owners have upwards of 6 + MLW in Tilghman Creek, plenty of room for nearly any sail or power boat.  The Claiborne Landing provides a public boat ramp, ten contracted boat slips, bulkhead & pier as well as a place to crab, fish and treasure hunt along the beach at low tide. Also found in Claiborne is the Tilghman Creek Landing and the Claiborne Jetty, both popular spots to crab and fish, although the parking can be tight.  The public landing also allows access to a small beach area which is perfect for searching for arrowheads, catching some rays or kiteboarding!

Remains of the heydays of Claiborne, MD

Although Claiborne is quaint, they do have their own zipcode: 21624. Homes and land in the community vary from run down fishing cottages, historic homes, new construction and grand historic estates. Just a few miles from St. Michaels, Claiborne offers its residents the best of Talbot County and its deep rooted Eastern Shore history. 


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