County is viewed by some as the crown jewel of the Chesapeake Bay's Eastern Shore, combining
pristine rural environment with quaint villages and
modern technology and business parks. A perfect place
for water lovers with over 700 miles of shoreline on
its many streams, creeks, and rivers.
The exact founding of Talbot County is not definite, but there are records of correspondance dating back to 1661/62. Named for Lady Grace Talbot, the wife of Sir Robert Talbot and sister of Caecilius (Cecil) Calvert, who was the 2nd Baron of Baltimore and the first Proprietary Governor of Maryland. He inherited the grant of the new colony upon the death of his father in 1632.
Many events of note occurred in Talbot County over the past few centuries, including St. Michaels' claim to fame as the "Town that Fooled the British", (the remains of a cannon used in the defense of the town during the War of 1812 resides in St. Mary's square today); In colonial days there were many merchant vessels trading between Oxford, Maryland, and Bristol, England, near which Easton, England, is located and from which section many of the early settlers of Talbot County emigrated; Claiborne was a ferry port between 1890 and 1952. Quakers were among some of the earliest settlers in Talbot County; Talbot County is also one of the few homes to many historical workboats including skipjacks and log canoes. Many of the original and restored vessels reside at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. Talbot County is also host and home to many famous actors, dignitaries, athletes and politicians including former Oriole's player, Harold Baines, Tennis Pro Pam Shriver, Musician Eric Clapton, Author James Michener, Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney.
The many villages and towns have retained a unique charm that combine boutiques, fine restaurants, tourist destinations and historic homes, side by side with boat yards, golf courses, and wildlife, in an unspoiled sense of harmony.
All of this, within an hours drive of major metropolitan