Although Berlin was founded in the 1790s, it wasn’t incorporated until 1868. The town became a popular spot for tourists who enjoyed hunting and fishing on the lower shore or were on their way to Ocean City. Berlin boasts numerous structures on the National
Register of Historic Places spanning two centuries of architecture. The town is the 1885 birthplace of the Reverend Charles Albert Tindley who composed the now famous song “We Shall Overcome” among his many achievements. Berlin is also the birthplace of Stephen Decatur, the 19th-century naval hero.
Today the downtown commercial district is a true success story. Named both a Maryland Main Street and an Arts and Entertainment District, its tree-lined streets, boutique shops, great eateries with outdoor dining and a brewery attract both locals and visitors.
But perhaps what makes Berlin such a standout are the variety and number of quirky events they host including the annual Bathtub Races, Reggae Play Day, Shakespeare on Main Street, Ice Ice Berlin, and New Year’s Eve Ball Drop to name just a few. The Berlin Farmers Market is held every Sunday from May through September 9am-1pm. This producers-only market features local farmers, food cultivators, live music, baked goods and so much more.
Berlin was the filming location for Paramount Pictures Runaway Bride and Disney’s Tuck
Everlasting. In 2014, Berlin was named the Coolest Small Town in America by Budget Travel, won Best Small Town for Shopping twice by USA Today and has also made the ‘A list’ for Top 50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America by publications like Country Living, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping and Reader’s Digest to name just a few. Just a short drive from Ocean City and Assateague Island, it’s easy to see why this town is worth