Deemed the “big city” of Talbot County, Easton is as sophisticated as it is lively. Featuring a world-class theater, renowned art galleries and impeccably curated museums, it’s the heart of the Shore’s arts and culture scene. This mini metropolis draws international artists, musicians and cultural connoisseurs to a series of acclaimed festivals each year. And it’s a foodie town to boot, chock-full of hidden culinary gems. Come for a show, stay for a week. This art lovers’ retreat is rated among the Top Ten Best Small Towns and Top 100 Small Arts Communities in America.
Easton’s vibrant history features a significant Colonial footprint and a wealth of 18th- and 19th-century architecture. When the Quakers arrived in 1682, they constructed the Friends Meeting House — now one of the oldest churches in the United States. By the late 1700s, the town had grown so large that Maryland’s legislature authorized construction of a courthouse, at which time Easton was deemed the “Colonial Capital of the Eastern Shore.” Today, researchers are actively investigating “The Hill,” a historically free African American community that scholars believe will prove to be the oldest in the nation still in existence.
Walk through Easton, and you might get the feeling you’re strolling through the set of It’s a Wonderful Life. But Bedford Falls has nothing on Easton! Explore art galleries at every turn, shop high-end boutiques and dine in gourmet restaurants. Seek inspiration at the Academy Art Museum, then catch a comedy show, concert or classic film at the Avalon Theatre. Search for your roots at the Talbot Historical Society, which houses more than 10,000 artifacts, a document archives, and a vast photo collection. For added excitement, visit during one of our many festivals, such as Plein Air Easton and the Waterfowl Festival.
If the great outdoors are what you’re looking for, Easton has plenty to offer. The Pickering Creek Audubon Center offers more than 400 protected acres of forests, wetlands, and wildlife. Following a day of hiking, bird watching, and even canoeing the marsh, set out for a scenic bike ride—there are designated routes for cyclists of all levels. For a nautical adventure, explore the Tred Avon River by sail, paddle, or motor. Or if you’re looking to practice your swing, pack your clubs and hit the links. Easton’s championship course is just a putt away from downtown.
Downtown, and all around, Easton you’ll find eclectic restaurant choices, unique boutiques and antique shops, and an arts and entertainment center second-to-none on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Create your own experience with these offerings from Easton.