Rock Hall, Maryland: The Pearl of the Chesapeake

Immediately upon entering Rock Hall, Maryland, you’ll know that the town is filled with vibrant people and friendly faces. How do you know? The welcome sign states, right on it, that “Nice People Live Here”. How much more evidence do you really need?

Rock Hall is a little gem on the Chesapeake Bay that has a very interesting history. According to the town’s own website, Rock Hall was settled in 1706. According to another source, however, it was the 1600s that first brought about the fishing settlement near Rock Hall. Either way, it is known that watermen have worked the shoreline for generations. In fact, it is believed that the town’s name is derived from the words “Rock” and “haul”, referring to the large population of rockfish. It’s no wonder that it has become such a charming and close-knit community. The heart of the Chesapeake Bay beats throughout Rock Hall, making it a quintessential east-coast town down to its core.

Rock Hall is filled with a rich history, even besides the fact that George Washington himself passed through town on eight separate occasions. Landing a spot on the Bay offered the town more than just good fishin’, as it later became a shipping center for pears, peaches, and tomatoes. During the 1980s, the moratorium on commercial and recreational rock-fish fishing hit, forcing many fishermen into the arts of clamming, eeling, and crabbing. After all, what is a trip to Rock Hall without some traditional crab cakes from the historical Wheelhouse?

What else does Rock Hall have to offer? There are campsites and festivals throughout the year, including one in October, called the Fall Fest. Fall Fest happens rain or shine and has a whole array of music, food, fun, and activities fit for the entire family. Next summer, get ready for the Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend, where you can enjoy three whole days of pirate-themed fun. Shiver me timbers! Check out the Rock Hall Pirates website to get more information about the upcoming 2019 festival. Ahoy Matey! They offer music, food, and activities for one heck of a solid summer adventure.

If the sweet history isn’t enough to get you to Rock Hall, the beach surely will. In fact, the Rock Hall Beach was voted by as one of the top 11 beaches in Maryland to visit during the summer. That says quite a bit for Ferry Park, as the locals call it.

And in case you still have any doubts, the Wheelhouse Restaurant should definitely be on your itinerary. At the Wheelhouse, we have crab cakes, as mentioned earlier, as well as an assortment of other options to suit your fancy from both land and sea. Take your pick from our farm fresh weekly specials, nibbles, garden, handhelds, and mainstays.

In a town full of rich history comes a cool and trendy spot to enjoy food, drinks, and even event hosting. In fact, we can host events including, but not limited to:

  • Wedding Receptions
  • Rehearsal Dinners
  • Birthday Parties
  • Anniversary Celebrations
  • Parties

Why host at the Wheelhouse Restaurant? We have all kinds of features, including 2 bars (1 inside, 1 tiki), delicious eats for the guests, live seasonal music, outdoor games and entertainment, and impeccable service staff. And did I mention we also offer Sunday Fun Day football during NFL season Sundays? What are you waiting for? It’s time to head on over to the Wheelhouse, we’re open Wednesdays and Thursday from 4pm to 9pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 9pm, and Sundays from 11am to 8pm.

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