NAME: Marion
COUNTY: Somerset
CLIMATE: Rainy winters with little snow. Humid summers. Pleasent springs. Cool falls.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: May to early June or end of September to October.
COMMENTS: Currently in Marion there are a few hundred residents. There are beautiful birds and even a bird sanctuary if you're into bird watching. You can boat, fish and crab on East Creek or Nanticoke River. You can explore marshlands and see acres of corn and soybean fields. From north in Maryland you take route 13 south until you get to route 413 and follow that until you reach Marion. From western, MD take the bay bridge to route 13 and follow as above. From Virgina take the Cheasapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to route 13 North and from the eastern shore of Virgina take route 13 North.
REMAINS: The center of Marion is the old train starion, run down bar, post office, bank, old hardware store and machanic shop.

Marion used to be the Strawberry capital of the world. There was a daily train to and from Marion from big cities to transport the strawberries. Around the 1950's the strawberry industry died and the trains stopped coming. Instead of strawberries corn and soybeans were grown. The roads are usually named after people or importanat landmarks on the road. L.Q. Powell was a geneologist that lived in Marion. He kept track of all the families and history and the road he lived on is named after him. In the 1930's the sheriff of the town, Laun Murrel, was arrested for bootlegging. He died and his wife lived on in their house into the late 70's when she finally died. Marion school used to provide kindergarden-12 schooling, but now that school teaches 3-5 and the children in Marion go to Crisfield, the near by town for all the other years of school. Currently the three major buildings in Marion which happen to be all on the same corner are the old train station, the machanic shop (The Irish Express) and the bar (The Shamrock), are all owned by the same person. He also owns a number of houses and rents them to people. Currently in Marion is also the largest organic vegetable farm on the east coast of the United States. The farm started very small in 1983 by two sociologists from New Jeresy. One stayed full time on the farm while the other commuted between Rutgers University and the farm in Marion until it became large scale by 1988. After the trains stopped coming for strawberries Marion truly died and became another ghost town. Submitted by: Kelcey Johnson

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