Antique Sign Leads the Way to Shops and Merchants

Antique Sign 002-1 (400 x 300)Travelers searching for antique shops along U.S. Route 50 will be glad to see the strategically placed Victrola on road signs pointing the way to their destination.

The Victrola symbol is part of Maryland’s Tourist Area and Corridor Signing program, developed to provide a way of guiding tourists to attractions without erecting more signs. The program was started in January 2007 and is now used in seven counties across the state.

The local project was initiated by the county Department of Economic Development, Agriculture and Tourism and the Maryland State Highway Administration after several business owners contacted County Commissioner Gene Ransom.

“I was approached by the antique shop owners in Grasonville to assist with highway signing to help bring more visitors to their business,” said Ransom, who represents Grasonville merchants in District 3. The Victrola symbol is now posted on the attraction sign located just off U.S. Route 50 at Exit 43.

The new signage is a great complement to the recently published Antique Trail Guide for Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore, produced in collaboration with The Upper Shore Regional Council, Cecil County Office of Economic Development, Agriculture and Tourism, Kent County Tourism Development Office and Queen Anne’s County Department of Economic Development, Agriculture and Tourism. The guide is the first of its kind in Queen Anne’s County and is available at county office buildings, libraries and at participating merchants.

The listings on the guide are authentic antique shops, featuring items 100 years or older, and include 12 locations in Queen Anne’s County from Sudlersville to Stevensville. The guide also features a full color map, photographs and location of Upper Eastern Shore visitor centers and travel information.

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