The City of Fruitland, Maryland

By | Dec 1, 2015

When traveling Business Route 13 through Salisbury, Maryland, you may not even realize that you left Salisbury, shortly after passing Salisbury University, and entered the City of Fruitland. That is unless you noticed that sign welcoming you to Fruitland.

With a population of over 4,000 it is one of the larger of the incorporated areas on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Even though it wasn’t incorporated until 1947 the city has a long history. The first house was built in 1772 and the village that formed there was known as Disharoon’s Crossroads. It was a crossroads town on the border between Somerset and Worcester County. Wicomico County, the county in which it now is a part of, was formed from parts of those two counties in 1867.

By the 1820’s there was a fork of two roads that met in the area and used by stage coaches between Virginia and Pennsylvania. Development was established at the fork and in the 1820’s it was called Forktown.

In 1873 the town’s name was changed to Fruitland. After the Civil War and with the arrival of the railroad, it became a railroad town. Around the area there were a large number of fruits harvested and exported through the rail station.

From the 1890’s until December 1968, Fruitland held an annual holly auction. Holly trees are native to the woods of Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset Counties. Holly and mistletoe was shipped by the basket fulls to markets in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington DC as well as other markets.


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