Tolchester Beach, Maryland
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Tolchester Beach is an unincorporated community located on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Kent County, Maryland, United States. Established in 1877, it was formerly a popular resort.Tolchester Beach is located just north of Rock Hall. The resort was closed in 1962.
In the late 1800s, Tolchester Beach was a popular tourist destination for residents of Baltimore and other areas served by the Chesapeake Bay steamships.The beach had hotels, restaurants, games, picnics, horse-racing, and an amusement park with a merry-go-round and a roller coaster.
Some of the steamships that served Tolchester Beach were the Emma Gilesand Louise.
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