Cecil County Life
Elkton is an area of small town charm with some big town problems. As the county seat, Elkton has a significant population of poor and homeless people. Cecil County has a rising opioid problem fueled by our location along the I-95 corridor between New York and Florida.
The town and surrounding areas of Elkton, including the Fair Hill area, is a microcosm of any large city. However, the northeastern-most county of Maryland is all about location. This area, which is the northernmost exit off I-95, can be considered a suburb of Philadelphia, PA, Wilmington, DE, Baltimore, MD, and Camden, NJ. Daily commutes to all of these cities is common because all are less than a 1 to 2-hour drive. Elkton was known as a location to elope, until Elkton celebrated National Marriage Day on June 13, 2015, and offered a group wedding for $75 per couple, which included a ceremony, horse and carriage ride, champagne, and wedding cake reception for up to 20 guests.
Arts and Culture
Whether you enjoy browsing through art shops and galleries, or would like to participate in a fascinating class or workshop in pottery, photography, painting, or poetry, you can find it in Cecil County. Art enthusiasts can find a winning line-up of more than 20 art exhibits produced by Cecil County Arts Council throughout the year. Solo, group, juried, and themed shows are offered at their main gallery in Elkton, and their satellite gallery in historic Chesapeake City.
Nature lovers can easily find a spot along our shores to enjoy a number of favorite outdoor activities. Listen to the sounds around you as you explore trails through the beautiful countryside and along streams. Feel the little tug at the end of your fishing line, then a bigger one and a bigger one as you snag a catch! Hear the whoosh of a golf club just before it sends your ball sailing toward the lush green. Feel the breeze on your face as your sailboat tacks this way and that across the horizon, or your Jet Ski hops across the waves of the many rivers, or the C&D Canal.
This is Maryland, crab country. Old Bay spices everything, and there’s never a bad crab cake. So, if watersports are not your forte, sit on the shore and enjoy the bounty!
In addition to Elkton, towns in Cecil County include
• Chesapeake City—split into north and south by the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. This town is home to many restaurants, boutiques, a boardwalk, and lots of water sports.
• Perryville—considered the most affordable place to live in Cecil County, offers suburban life, restaurants, open space, and a tight-knit community. It is bordered on one side by the Susquehanna River and a short trip over the Hatem bridge will bring you to quaint Havre de Grace, Md. In Harford County.
• North East—with its popular Main Street, is home to many boutiques, bars, restaurants, Sandy Cove, and Cecil College’s main campus.
• Port Deposit—this tiny village on the banks of the Susquehanna is listed in its entirety on the National Historic Register.