Westside Historical Society
This website is an introduction to the cultural heritage of the western corner of Wicomico
County, Maryland, once known as Barren Creek District. Mardela Springs is the western
“gateway” to the rich heritage of the lower Delmarva peninsula. Named Barren Creek
Springs for almost 200 years, this is an historic town. The area was first settled in the late
17th century and many families living here now can easily trace their lineage back to those
first settlers. From foodways to speech patterns to crafts and means of livelihood, the
visitor can experience the rich history of these people. The serenity of the place, the quaint
villages, the quite touch of undisturbed nature, all lie within minutes of a busy major
highway cutting across the Peninsula and bound for the shores of the Atlantic. But stop
awhile and explore the stories that await you here. Reflect on the values of America, seen
and felt here in this lovely land.
Welcome To Our Website.
Copyright 2013 Westside Historical Society Inc.
P.O. Box 194
Mardela Springs MD 21837
Saving & Celebrating the history and traditions of western Wicomico County since 1985
Westside Historical Society seeks to preserve the history and traditions of this part of the
Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland for future generations, and to promote an awareness and
appreciation of the area's heritage.
We attempt to save and restore significant historical buildings or sites, artifacts,
documents, records, photographs and art reflective of the history and culture, and
coordinate preservation efforts with other local organizations. We work with area youth
and civic groups, publish local history monographs, and promote exhibits.
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This web page has been financed through the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council (LESHC), a nonprofit 501 (c) 3
organization whose purpose is to preserve, protect and promote the historical, cultural and natural heritage of Maryland's
Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties; and also has been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland Heritage
Areas Authority (MHAA), an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily
reflect the views of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.
Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council, 212 W. Main Street, Suite 309, Salisbury MD 21801
Phone: 410-677-4706 Fax: 410-677-4707
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