Easton is located on Maryland's Eastern Shore and was founded not only as the Tablot County Seat but also originally as Maryland's Eastern Shore capital. This gave rise to the small town with many government offices and courts opening. Over time numerous fires, including a large one in 1878 wiped out a lot of the early architecture. Although some eighteenth century architecture can still be found today, you will find an abudndance of late nineteenth century federal style architecture. Also, today Easton is more of an arts and cultural capital for the Eastern Shore, featuring museums, galleries, and venues such as the Avalon, which features nationally known performers.
Washginton Street is traditionally known as Easton's Main Street, partly because this is where the Talbot County Courthouse is located. But you'll find an abundance of other shops, galleries, restaurants, cafes, bed and breakfasts, and other businesses located on Dover Street, Goldsborough Street, and Harrison Street. Easton is about 70 miles from either Baltimore, Maryland or Washington, DC by way of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Downtown Easton is off of U.S. Route 50, which bypasses the historic district. If you set your GPS for the intersection of Washington Street and Dover Street, that will get you into the heart of the town. St. Michaels is another nearby Main Street community that is located just a few miles away.
Our tour of Easton will start in front of the Tidewater Inn at the corner of Dover Street and Harrison Street. Built in 1949 after a large fire, the Tidewater Inn is one of many places to stay in Easton's historic district. From here we'll make a large circle around the area and eventually come back to this corner.
The first part of our circle around Easton involves us heading east on Dover Street. But first, we'll make a detour and head south on Harrison Street. On the left is the Talbot County Visitor's Center and in the center is an art gallery. Easton is the Talbot County Seat.
Here's another view of the same block. You'll see a lot of brick architecture in the Federal style in Easton. Much of the town was rebuilt after a large fire in 1878. Up ahead is another photographer taking pictures of the town.
Across the street you can see the back side of the Bullitt House, one of the oldest homes in Easton, Maryland.
Further south along Harrison Street is Mason's where we had an excellent lunch while in town. They are also a candy shop and coffee house. Over the years they have expanded into the nearby houses and even painted the exteriors of the adjoing houses to match.
Across the street is a collection of cottages converted into a bakery and a design studio.
Here's a close up view of the bakery we were just looking at in the picture before.
On the corner of Harrison Street and South Lane is a boutique hotel, the Bartlett Pear Inn, another place to stay while in historic Easton.
Here's another view of the Bartlett Pear Inn. You can sse the Federal style influences in the architecture.
This Maryland National Guard Building almost has a castle like appearance. That's no accident. Many of the armories were built around the state with that very design principle in mind.
We return to the intersection of Dover Street and Harrison Street. Here's a view looking southwest from the Tidewater Inn. Across we can see the Bannings Tavern and the Avalon Theatre, a venue that showcases many nationally acclaimed performers.
From here, we'll head west on Dover Street to begin our circle of Easton's historic district. This is a view looking east back in the direction we came from.
Across the street looking west, we see some shops you would find in a traditional small town, including a drug store and a gun shop.
And here's another view of that same block. Notice again the heavy use of brick, even in the sidewalks.
We turn back around for another view looking west along Dover Street at some galleries and antique stores.
On the southside of Dover Street is the Talbot Bank Building built in 1908 in classic limestone Greek Revival style.
We make it to the intersection of Washington Street and Dover Street. At the northeast corner is the Daylight Building, which gets its name from all of its large windows.
On the southewast corner of Washington Street and Dover Street is the Odd Fellows Lodge built in 1879 in the Gothic Revival style. It was built to replace the previous structure, which was lost in the large fire of 1878.
We're going to take another detour from our cicular route of the historic district. This time we'll head south on Washington Street for a bit before eventually heading back north. Tharpe Antiques on the left is a unique store that helps support the Talbot Historical Society.
At the corner of Washington Street and Glenwood Avenue is the Tablot Historical Society.
Now we'll head north on Washington Street and continue our loop through downtown. Here we see a collection of restaurants and sidewalk cafes.
Here's another view looking towards the east side of Washington Street. It should be noted that Washington Street is probably the nearest thing to Main Street that Easton has although there are many close contenders.
Across the street is the Talbot County Courthouse, built in 1794 in the Georgian style. Easton is the Talbot County Seat, but in the colonial era, Easton also served as Maryland's Eastern Shore Capital.
More shops and restuarants along busy Washington Street.
We continue to head north along Washington Street. Many of these businesses serve the tourists and visitors coming to the area but also benefit from being across the street from the Courthouse.
Here's another view of Washington Street looking northeast from the Courthouse.
And here's a view looking northbound from the front of those same buildings, looking towards Goldsborough Street.
At the corner of Washington Street and Federal Street is The Stewart Building. It was previously known as the Brick Hotel and before that the Easton Hotel, when it became the first hotel on the Eastern Shore.
The Perrin Smith House was built in 1803 in the Federal Style and was once home to the town's paper, post office, and a bookstore. Today it is home to the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club.
Across the street, at the southeast corner of Washington Street and Goldsborough Street is a Beaux Arts style bank building built in 1904 to replace another that had been destroyed in a fire.
On the northeast corner of Washington Street and Goldsborough Street is what was once the Old Frame Hotel. We'll continue our tour by heading east down Goldsborough Streeet.
Here's a view looking westbound along Goldsborough Street back towards Washington Street. Shops and even an ice cream parlor now occupy the ground floor of the Old Frame Hotel.
Across the street, we have another view of Goldsborough Street looking westbound towards Washington Street. This time we have some boutiques selling their goods right out on the sidewalk.
And we'll cross the street yet again. As you can see, there's quite a few businesses on Goldsborough Street.
Here's a view looking back from where we came with the Old Frame Hotel off in the distance and more of that familiar brick in the foreground.
Now we make it to Harrison Street. To complete the loop, we'll need to head south. But first we'll need to take one more detour north. This building is a design studion with an interesting mural on the side wall.
Across the street is an interesting row of cottages. The one on the left has been restored with a fresh coat of paint. It is now home to a salon.
The Easton Market House is a local market where you can find a wide variety of foods and other grocery items.
And if you go a little further north on Harrison Street, you'll hit Talbot Town of Easton, a small strip mall, featuring some familiar chain stores. At this point, we'll turn around and continue our loop.
We're back on Harrison Street south of Goldsborough Street. This is a view looking northbound in the direction we came from.
Across the street are some restored homes converted into some various businesses.
And here is a view of some of the colorful shops just across the street. This time our view is southbound in the direction we are heading.
Same side of the street but further south and looking northbound. Plenty of boutique shopping along this row a full block away from Washington Street, which is traditionally thought of as Easton's Main Street. The first time I came out here to take photos I completely missed this stretch.
Another view of the same stretch of Harrison Street looking northbound.
One more shot of Harrison Street looking northbound. Each time we are moving further south.
And now we're back in front of the Tidewater Inn at the corner of Harrison Street and Dover Street where we started the tour. For a point of reference, we're looking out at the Edmonson⁄Pollard House at the northwest intersection of Harrison and Dover Streets. But hey, we're just in time for Happy Hour.
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