Maryland has hundreds of towns and communities that are perfect places to settle down. Some of our smaller towns however, have that special spark of charm that is hard to come by. The following towns in Maryland all have a population of under 3,000 residents, as well as unique features that sets them apart from the rest. Here are 15 small towns in Maryland where everyone knows your name.
1. Smith Island, Somerset County
This island on the Bay can only be accessed by boat or ferry. With several generations of close-knit families residing here, everyone knows everyone. The traditions here are strong, making Smith Island one of a kind.
2. Oakland, Garrett County
Much of the central section of Oakland is listed on the National Register Of Historic Places. With old buildings and churches dating back to the 1800's, many of the townsfolk have an abundance of pride in their town and its history.
3. New Market, Frederick County
New Market is known as the antiques capital of Maryland. With a population of under 700 people, it's easy to get to know your neighbors, as well as most everyone in town. Be sure to check out the "Christmas In New Market" festival, where they celebrate traditional life of the 18th and 19th century.
4. Rock Hall, Kent County
This waterfront town has a charming beach and wildlife refuge for some truly scenic views. Rock Hall is also very prideful in their community and has homey shops and restaurants worth a visit.
5. Williamsport, Washington County
Parts of town are located along the C & O Canal towpath. This is perfect for families taking long walks and bike rides together. The area is filled with history including several old bridges, fun for exploring.
6. Crisfield, Somerset County
The townspeople here are proud of their seafood, as they should be. Crisfield is the best place for seafood in Maryland, including the freshest blue crabs. This community lives the quiet life, spending time with loved ones on the water and taking in the views of nature.
7. Leonardtown, St. Mary's County
Whether they're strolling downtown or going to the annual oyster-shucking championship, this small town knows how to have fun. Surrounded by history and parks, this town is a gem that folks are proud to call home.
8. Rising Sun, Cecil County
As if the town name isn't adorable enough, Rising Sun keeps it close-knit with summertime movies in the park and other events. A true small town feel with a lot of heart.
9. St. Michaels, Talbot County
St. Michaels has become somewhat of a touristy spot over the last few years. The approximate 1,000 residents who reside here year-round get the privilege of waterfront views, and a multitude of community events, including the amazing Christmas in St. Michaels.
10. Secretary, Dorchester County
With a population of just over 500 residents, it's not hard to know everybody's name in this tiny town. The people here enjoy peace and quiet, along with fishing when they get the time.
11. North Beach, Calvert County
A beach town with tons of pride, North Beach has fun activities throughout the year, including a polar bear plunge and outstanding Christmas decor. This town has a blast while staying true to themselves.
12. Accident, Garrett County
One of the weirdest town names in the Old Line State, Accident is located in Western Maryland. With a population of 325 people, you will no doubt get to know everyone in town. This can prove especially beneficial during epic Western Maryland blizzards, as you may need help shoveling your car out. A friendly face is always around to help in Accident.
13. New Windsor, Carroll County
New Windsor has plenty of small town charm. The town events and playgrounds make New Windsor a very family-friendly place to reside.
14. Westernport, Allegany County
Away from the hustle and bustle, you can find this small railroad town in Allegany County. With scenic views of the mountains and family-owned businesses, this place is perfect for a laid-back, traffic-free lifestyle.
15. Snow Hill, Worcester County
Snow Hill is full of historic homes and a variety of districts to call home. Spend your evenings after work on the Pocomoke River, or attend one of their town festivals. Life here is like taking a step back in time to the days of simple pleasures.
Close-knit communities full of helpful neighbors and friendly faces are hard to come by these days, and these 15 towns have all of the above. What town would you add to the list?