About Ocean Pines

About

Ocean Pines is a residential community nestled on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in northern Worcester County, featuring more than nine miles of waterfront property on 3,000 acres of wooded areas.

Amenities include a beachfront restaurant in Ocean City, and a public Yacht Club in Ocean Pines. There are also five pools, two marinas, a premier racquet sports complex, and a Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed championship golf course.

Originally established in 1968, today the community has 8,452 platted lots and is home to 12,000 full-time residents and 8,000 part-time residents and guests.

The Ocean Pines Community Is In Close Proximity Of…

  • Worcester County public and private schools ranked among the best in Maryland
  • Two universities and one community college
  • Catered and independent living facilities
  • 55-plus residential community
  • Two major hospitals
  • Well rounded list of medical specialists
  • Regional airport
  • Numerous outlet shops and malls
  • Local Chamber of Commerce
  • The beach and Ocean City

Important Dates In The History Of Ocean Pines

  • 1968: Road construction began; Opening Day of sales was July 12
  • 1969: Boise Cascade purchased 3,500 acres of land; first home sold to John & Mickey King
  • 1970: First year-round residents Jerome & Gloria Richards occupied home; Route 90 opened
  • 1971: Beach Club, Swim & Racquet Club, & Equestrian Center opened
  • 1972: Eighteen-hole golf course opened, Ocean Pines Association formed
  • 1974: Community Hall built
  • 1975: Yacht Club & Marina built, Sports Core Pool & tennis courts opened
  • 1981: New South Side Firehouse dedicated
  • 1986: Pines Plaza opened
  • 1989: Ocean Pines Memorial Pavilion built in White Horse Park
  • 1990: New tennis center opened at Manklin
  • 1992: Cathell Road extended in to Ocean Pines community
  • 2003: Fundraising efforts led by resident Barbara Kissel and community volunteers resulted in newly installed playground at Manklin
  • 2005: Worcester County Veterans Memorial at Ocean Pines dedicated
  • 2009: Ocean Pines Skate Park opened
  • 2012: Ocean Pines Farmers Market opened; Ocean Pines Dog Park opened
  • 2013: New Yacht Club construction project broke ground; all 18 greens were renovated on golf course
  • 2014: New Yacht Club opened
  • 2017: New pickleball courts and platform tennis courts opened at Manklin; Farmers Market expanded, changing its name to Farmers & Artisans Market after breaking vendor registration history
  • 2018: 50th anniversary celebrated
  • 2020: New Golf Clubhouse opened

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The Ocean Pines Beach Club in Ocean City under construction, circa 1970.

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The Amy Ross, a paddleboat operated by Boise Cascade during the early 1970s, once took passengers from the Ocean Pines Swim and Racquet Club to the Ocean Pines Beach Club in Ocean City.

Worcester County, Maryland

Worcester County is the easternmost county within the state of Maryland. Snow Hill is the county seat.

Worcester was named for Mary Arundel, the wife of Sir John Somerset, a son of Henry Somerset, First Marquess of Worcester. She was the sister of Anne Arundel (for whom Anne Arundel County was named), wife of Cecil Calvert, the first Proprietor and Proprietary Governor of the Province of Maryland.

Worcester County is included in the Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county includes the entire length of the state’s ocean coast and borders the Sinepuxent Bay, Assawoman Bay and Assateague Channel and Bay between the sand barrier islands of Assateague Island and Chincoteague Island. It is home to the popular vacation resort area of Ocean City, founded in 1875, as well as wild habitats on the wilderness areas on Assateague Island and in the Pocomoke River and Swamp.

The State of Maryland

Charles I of England granted a royal charter for Maryland in 1632, and English settlers arrived in 1634. Early on, it was primarily home to indentured servants, convicts and Catholics (and was one of the only early settlements to have Catholics in positions of power).

The Mason Dixon Line was created in the mid-1700s, and Maryland gave away some land in 1791 to create the District of Colombia, which is now the location of the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and the White House.

British troops attempted to capture Baltimore in 1814, prompting Francis Scott Key to write "The Star Spangled Banner." Maryland was a slave state during the Civil War, but stayed in the Union.

The state covers both sides of Chesapeake Bay and it has one of the longest waterfronts of any state. A few vital agricultural products are nursery and greenhouse products, dairy products, chickens, soybeans and eggs. The waters from Chesapeake Bay grow clams, finned fish, oysters and crabs.