“GATEWAY TO THE NANTICOKE”
Vienna occupies a special place on the Nanticoke River in its relationship to the long, straight and narrow Vienna meander. The shape of the Vienna meander is caused by a sand bar which has always made the town dry land and high ground. Vienna is located in the center of the Nanticoke River Watershed, and is also the place where busy U.S. Route 50, the main street of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, crosses the river.
The river was named for the powerful Nanticoke Indian Confederacy that dwelled along its shores, and navigated its waters from the Chesapeake Bay to the inland reaches of Delaware. The first recorded European contact came when Captain John Smith encountered the Nanticokes near present day Vienna on his historic voyage of exploration around the bay and up the Nanticoke in 1608.
Vienna is currently embarked on a long range waterfront development plan called Emperor’s Landing, which when completed will showcase the town’s rich Nanticoke River and Chesapeake Bay legacy. We invite you to learn more about Vienna here.
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS AND EATERIES
We are so fortunate to be in Dorchester County, The “Heart” of the Chesapeake! Because of our location we are central to so many great places to visit and eat on the Eastern Shore. Whether you are looking for a fine dining restaurant or crab house, gala or hoe-down, there is something local for you! Check out some of our favorite spots and events HERE. Also check our Upcoming Events page to see what is happening at the winery!
The Eastern Shore of Maryland is full of life and activity! You can find just about anything you want to do….crab pickin’, beach time, restaurants, festivals, amusements….you name it! We are excited to showcase many different events all surrounding Layton’s Chance to keep you busy for a day or a week!
Layton’s Chance sits right on the border of Dorchester County and Wicomico County. Dorchester County, Maryland boasts wine, beer, outdoor adventures, history, and so much more. Wicomico County is know for large sports tournaments, shopping, and great restaurants! Explore them both below:
MORE GREAT LINKS
Other Great Links showcasing local flavor and flare: