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Worcester County

Worcester County is named for Mary Arundell, the wife of Sir John Somerset, son of the 1st Marquess if Worcester and sister of Anne Arundell, wife of Caecilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Sussex County, Delaware

E – Atlantic Ocean

S – Accomack County, Virginia

W – Somerset County and Wicomico County


Created:  October 22, 1742                    Map of Maryland highlighting Worcester County

County Seat: 

Snow Hill  1742 – present


County Courthouse – Snow Hill  


Location:  1 West Market Street / South Washington Street

Built:  1894 – 1895

Style:  Georgian Revival

Architect:  Jackson C Gott of Baltimore

Contractor:  Stemmons & Lankford of Salisbury


Description:  The building faces northwest and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center orf Snow Hill. The northwest front has a one story portico with four white colored columns rising to a balcony on the second story. There is a long arched window on the second story. Vertical pilasters run along the front. There are gables on the east and west ends of the hipped roof. In the center is a large square red colored brick tower with an octagonal section with green colored dome at the top. The east wing was constructed in 1964 and the west wing in 1968. In 2003, the building was renovated. The architect was R Calvin Clendaniel Associates and the contractor was SPN, Inc.


See:  The present courthouse is similar to the courthouse in Caroline County and the contractors were the same.


See:  The 1st Judicial Circuit includes Dorchester County, Somerset County and Wicomico County. 


History:  The county was created in 1742 and Snow Hill was designated as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1742 to 1743. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1834. The second courthouse was built in 1835 to 1836 and underwent renovations in 1882 and 1883. The courthouse and jail were destroyed by fire on August 7, 1893. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1894 to 1895 at a cost of $37,500.


County District Court – Snow Hill  



Location:  301 Commerce Street / River Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a one story brown colored brick structure. The roof is hipped with a small white colored cupola. The windows have green colored shutters.


County Administration – Snow Hill  



Location:  SE – South Washington Street / West Market Street

Built:  2000 – 2002

Style:  Modern

Architect:  R Calvin Clendaniel Associates

Contractor:  SPN, Inc.


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The northeast and northwest sections of the building project from the main building. The north front has an entrance on west corner with a small white colored porch and large arched window on the second story. Along the roof are dormers. On the center of the roof is a high octagonal white colored cupola. the building is named as the Worcester County Government Center.


County District Court – Ocean City



Location:  6505 Coastal Highway / 65th Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces south and  is a two story concrete and glass structure. The south front has a central entrance with large window above. On the first story, the windows are vertical on the second story, the windows are horizontal. The roof is curved.



County Courthouse – Snow Hill































Photos taken 2013