Crisfield, the southernmost town in Maryland, was a quiet eastern shore village called Somer's Cove until the mid-1800s, when the discovery of oyster beds in Tangier Sound and the arrival of the railroad transformed it into the leading oyster-producing city in the United States. It was incorporated as the City of Crisfield in 1872. Still famous for its seafood, Crisfield is a destination for tourists and recreational anglers, home of the the National Hardcrab Derby a gateway to the Chesapeake Bay island communities of Smith Island and Tangier Island.
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