Chesapeake City's historic area is on the National Historic Registry, as well as Maryland's Historic Registry. The town has many restored historic homes, shops and galleries, featuring hand-painted originals and prints, antiques, collectibles, clothing, gifts and crafts. Additional sights include the Canal Museum, art galleries, summer concerts, boat tours, and tours of the nearby horse country. There are also many fine restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and transient/seasonal boat dockage availability. Chesapeake City's Victorian charm has been featured in several national magazines, including Travel & Leisure, Coastal Living and Southern Living. Convenient to several large cities on the east coast, this historic village on the banks of the C&D Canal is a favorite spot for those seeking a weekend getaway or a vacation retreat. YOU HAVE A CHOICE... take the long, arduous outside route around Cape Charles, Virginia to head up the Chesapeake Bay, or hop a ride on the fast-moving currents of the C&D to the headwaters of the bay. The 19.1 official miles of the man-made C&D Canal were governed by locks from the early 1800s until the 1920s when the Army Corps of Engineers took over from the canal's private ownership. They improved upon the hand-dug ditch by 1927 and again in the 1940s, creating a 450-foot-wide, 35-foot deep and easy passage to and from industrial ports north and south. Quaint harbor villages, seemingly untouched by time, inhabit each end of the canal: Delaware City, which fronts on the Delaware Bay, and Chesapeake City, which sits on both sides of the canal, in Maryland. Each was a major center of commerce and stopping place along the first version of the canal, and both suffered economically as the canal was improved and boats became bigger and faster. Today, these pocket-sized towns have come back to life welcoming visitors to artsy boutiques, galleries, antique shops, restaurants, Victorian B&B's and a wealth of history to discover.