Smith Island Center
Ewell, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: Smith Island Center is a small museum in the tiny community of Ewell on one of only three Chesapeake Bay islands still occupied by working watermen and their families. At Island residents' busiest time--the crabbing season–the Center provides a spot for increasing numbers of visitors to learn about the Island, its history, economic and social life. The center includes permanent exhibits and a 20 minute film on: the history of the Island, working on the water, the interaction of people and the Chesapeake Bay, the role of women in Island life and the distinctive speech patterns which have developed on the Island.
Location / Directions:

The Center is located a short walk from the dock in Ewell on Smith Island. The island may be accessed only by boat. Boats depart from the following locations:

  • Crisfield MD dock daily at 12:30 p.m.: Captain Otis Tyler (410-968-1118), Captain Terry Laird (410-425-5931)
  • Tawes Museum, Crisfield (tickets purchased at the Paddle Wheel Motel in Crisfield): Captain Alan Tyler (410-968-2220);
  • Point Lookout MD - cruises leave at 10 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday (fee paid on board): Captain Alan Tyler; KOA Kampground Reedville VA at 10 a.m.: Captain Gordon Evans (804-453-3430)
Driving Directions
Physical Address: Smith Island Center
20846 Caleb Jones Road
Ewell, MD 21824
Mailing Address: Smith Island Center
P.O. Box 761
Crisfield, MD 21817
Visitor Phone: (410) 425-3351
Business Phone: (800) 521-9189

20 minute film: Land and Water, People and Time; exhibits; adjacent marsh board walk.

There are other Chesapeake Bay Gateways located near each of the points from which passenger ferries depart for Smith Island, including: Janes Island State Park in Crisfield, Point Lookout State Park on the western shore, and the Reedville Fishermen's Museum in Reedville, Virginia. Visit one of these sites to experience more of the Chesapeake Bay.

Boat Access Tours / Walking Tours

Operating Hours: The Center is open daily April through October from 12 to 4 p.m.
Fees: The Center charges a small fee for the museum.
Visitor Facilities: 3000 square foot center building includes a small museum, special exhibits, gift shop, tourist information, restrooms and a shaded porch.
Accessibility: Center is handicapped-accessible; entrance is from a boardwalk which traverses the adjacent marsh.

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network - Comments or Questions: Call: 1-800-YOUR-BAY