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.

Update to Comprehensive Plan

We’re beginning the process of updating our 2009 Comprehensive Plan. Please read post for more details including a link to the current Comprehensive Plan.

Planning Commission Open Seat

The Planning Commission has an IMMEDIATE OPENING! If interested, please submit a Letter of Interest and Resume to Town Hall by Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

Historic District Commission Open Seat Available

The Historic District Commission of the Town of Chesapeake City has an open seat.  Any resident interested in filling this role should submit a Letter of Interest to Tonya Lockwood at  by Tuesday, September...

Maryland’s “Just serve”

Date: September 11, 2021 - October 10, 2021 The Town of Chesapeake City is proudly participating in Maryland's "Just Serve" for the 6th consecutive year. Town-Wide Events: 9/11/2021 - 9/11 Memorial Service at VFW Post 7687 at 6:30 pm...

Public Notice: Ordinance Approval

On Monday, July 12, 2021, Town Council approved: Ordinance 2021-004 An Ordinance of the Town of Chesapeake City permitting the possession and consumption of alcohol in Pell Gardens and the dedicated surrounding areas on the day of the...

Election Results

Election results are in: Frank Vari - 139 Todd Grecco - 119 Ed O'Hara - 92 George Still - 51 Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all who ran!

Elementary School Redevelopment Update

At Monday’s Town meeting, the Mayor and Council decided to pause the redevelopment project to ascertain options for the property other than those outlined in the Town’s initial vision statement.

Farmers Market Survey

We are seeking public input on our weekly Farmers Market.  Please click the link to complete the survey: https://forms.gle/zJfqRWfGfMGXb3qcA