About Princess Anne
The Candlelight Home Tour features homes in Princess Anne decorated for the holidays and ends with a holiday reception at the Teackle Mansion. (FotoJoe Photography)
The town of Princess Anne was created by an act of Maryland's General Assembly in 1733 and selected as the county seat of Somerset County in 1744. Located at the head of the Manokin River the town was named for the 24-year-old Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Anne and King George of England. The land was well elevated and conveniently suited for the purposes of centrally located town in Somerset County. Twenty-five acres of "Beckford" Plantation were purchased and divided into thirty lots on a grid plan.
Princess Anne is primarily known for its historic homes and buildings. The oldest dwelling in the town, The William Geddes House (or Tunstall Cottage as it is known to many residents), was constructed some time around 1755. Many examples of fine architecture can be found along the streets. Samples of those not to be missed are: The Somerset County Courthouse, the Metropolitan United Methodist Church, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Manokin Presbyterian Church, the Washington Hotel, and the crowned jewel, the Teackle Mansion. Constructed from 1802 - 1819 by Littleton Dennis Teackle, one of the area's most influential men of his time, the mansion is the home of the Somerset County Historical Society and is open for tours.
The town is home the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). Historically a black land grant college, it now educates approximately 3,500 students each year, with over 400 international students from 67 countries.
Princess Anne has small shops to explore and tasty eateries in which to dine. Please stop in and check them out. If you have questions while you are visiting, please visit either the town welcome center, located on Somerset Avenue at the Manokin Park, or the Somerset County Tourism Office located on the southbound lane of Rt. 13 in the rest area.
Visit their website: http://www.townofprincessanne.com
History intersects the present in Historical Princess Anne, county seat since 1744. Take the walking tour or hear stories about the homes and the area on the cell phone tour. (Ed Aigner Photography)