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The Town of Selbyville, located eight miles from the beaches of Fenwick Island on the north side of Route 54 and Ocean City, Maryland on the south side of Route 54, was founded in 1778 and incorporated in 1902. Originally a 250-acre tract known as Sandy Beach containing a grist mill and sawmill at the head of the St. Martins River, the town was renamed for Sampson Selby’s country store, Selby-ville in 1842. A small town in an agricultural setting, Selbyville neighbors the Great Cypress Swamp, an important geological feature of the Delmarva Peninsula. Although access to the swamp is limited, some of the roads on the edges give visitors a glimpse into one of the only bald cypress trees stands in North America.

The Town of Selbyville was known as a service area for local residents and tourists who live and vacation on Delaware’s Eastern Shore and was a source of employment in the poultry industry and the shipping area for local produce including the state fruit, strawberries. Today, one of its main employers is Mountaire Farms, a poultry company, which runs a processing plant on Hosier Street. Today Selbyville offers many more services to the local and beach areas. It is now a place where many newcomers (with the median age at 37 years old) choose to live, work and retire as well as, vacation. Four new neighborhoods are in the construction process, with more homes to be built. Check back as we continue to add to this community.



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