Chesapeake City Maryland

Town of Chesapeake City MD

Today, Chesapeake City is the only town in Maryland that is situated on a working commercial canal. Most of its interesting 19th-century architecture remains intact, and the area that encompasses it on the south bank has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. At the city dock, pleasure boaters find a tranquil harbor off the busy Inter-Coastal Waterway, of which the canal is a major element. From the basin, visitors can walk easily into town or tour the Canal Museum, where the story of the canal is told and the massive waterwheel and steam engines that filled the locks stand in mute testimony. Outside is a replica of the lighthouses that lined the canal in days gone by.

Chesapeake City now is a destination widely known for its unique inland view of ocean-going vessels, for the proudly preserved and displayed reminders of its history, and for its friendly hospitality. Travelers discover fine dining, picturesque stores, outdoor concerts, seasonal events, and outstanding bed & breakfasts. From its origin as a rough and rowdy boom town, through an era of dispiriting depression, Chesapeake City has emerged as a charming and interesting place with a warm welcome for its visitors.

Due to Covid-19 please confirm hours for Restaurants, Shops & Events. Chesapeake City practices safe COVID-19 procedures, which include social distancing, mask wearing and proper sanitization.


Due to lack of business the Historic Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, 2021, has been canceled.

Community Service Patrol

Town of Chesapeake City is seeking a professional, personable, and capable individual to join our team. Deadline: February 28, 2021

Board of Appeals to Hold Meeting

Public Notice: Chesapeake City Board of Appeals to hold a meeting TO REVIEW A VARIANCE REQUEST FOR 504 BIDDLE STREET. Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom Meetings and will be live-streamed on Facebook.

William Donald Schaefer Award

The Town of Chesapeake City would like to congratulate Susie Webster-Campbell for earning the William Donald Schaefer Award for Cecil County.  Please watch the official video here: Your effort with the Veteran...

Town of Chesapeake City 2019 Water Quality Report

This report contains important information about the source and quality of your drinking water. DOWNLOAD 2019 WATER QUALITY REPORT PDF To have a paper copy mailed to your home, please contact Town Hall at 410-885-5298.

Extra Trash Pick-up

The Town of Chesapeake City understands that with everyone being home for extended periods of time, that it will naturally generate more household trash. During the pandemic the Town will be allowing up to two cans of trash and two cans...

Coronavirus Procedures

Following Governor Hogan’s Executive Order to minimize social contact: Residents and Visitors are encouraged to call 410-885-5298 or email staff with questions or concerns, rather than visiting Town Hall. For EMERGENCIES only, please call...

Town of Chesapeake City Meeting Procedures

In order to comply with Governor Hogan’s Executive Orders regarding social distancing and gatherings of no more than 10 people, the following procedures will be in effect until further notice. All meetings will be available to the public...