Reverend Greenbury Ridgely’s grain field is the site where this ‘strawberry’ town was established in May 1867. Caroline County’s first railroad started here, which ultimately led to Ridgely’s boom and its bust as more accessible transportation brought new competition for strawberries and grains. The present streetscape reflects that transient prosperity during the countywide canning boom (1895-1919). Ridgely pays homage to its past with the annual Strawberry Festival each May. The former rail line, now a Rail Trail, takes hikers and bikers through the charming town.
Find out more at www.ridgelymd.org.