19th Century Charm, 21st Century Progress
With a population of just over 1,000 and an area of just under 3 square miles, Trappe is one of Talbot County's smaller towns — but it has an outsized history. A vacation in Trappe is a quiet escape that isn't without its charms. Opt for a stay at a vacation rental on the water and enjoy the seclusion of a private estate. It's a great home base for your stay in Talbot County.
Discover the History
Town history has it that Trappe got its start as a crossroads hamlet in the mid-1700s. By the time it was incorporated as the Towne of Trappe in 1856, not one but two Maryland governors — Samuel Stevens, the 18th governor, and Daniel Martin, the 20th — had already called it home. But those aren't the only notable figures in Trappe's storied past. J. Franklin Baker, better known as "Home Run" Baker, was born here. Baker earned his nickname in the 1911 World Series, in which he back-to-back home runs to lead the Philadelphia Athletics to a win over the Giants.
Explore the Town
Most travelers know Trappe as a pretty little town they breeze through on the way to the beach. But there's more than one reason to stop. Rummage for vintage books, maps and clocks out on Route 50. Get your antiquing fix, buy quilting supplies or settle in for a home-style meal on Main Street. For a fun-filled weekend, plan your visit around Trappe-toberFEST, the town's free family-friendly fall festival, which features live music, food and craft vendors, pony and hay rides galore. Also in October, Trappe residents celebrate the abolition of slavery at the annual Nace Hopkins Day Parade.
Get Back to Nature
Main Street may be landlocked, but water is just minutes away. In addition to nearby creeks and rivers, Trappe is home to four parks and two playgrounds. Bike through town and enjoy a picnic in any of Trappe's inviting green spaces. At Home Run Baker Park, jog around the designated paths — there's a .4-mile loop around the outside, a .26-mile loop to the west, and a .2-mile loop to the east. The old Choptank River Bridge just south of town has been preserved as a fishing pier at Bill Burton State Park, and there are 25 acres of open space with trails, a swimming area and a kayak launch.
For More Information
Town of Trappe
P.O. Box 162
Trappe, MD 21673-0162