Betterton, Maryland

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Betterton is a town in Kent County, Maryland, United States. The population was 376 at the 2000 census.


Betterton Historic District

The Betterton Historic District consists of a collection of vernacular Victorian resort structures. The district includes many of the homes, hotels and cottages built to accommodate steamboat passengers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Notable buildings within the district include the hotels and boarding homes which catered to the steamboat passengers, several churches, and summer cottages, dating from the golden age of the passenger steamboats on the Chesapeake Bay.[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[1]


Betterton is located at the mouth of the Sassafras River on the upper Chesapeake Bay. More precisely, Betterton is located at 39°22′4″N 76°3′39″W / 39.36778°N 76.06083°W / 39.36778; -76.06083 (39.367863, -76.060877)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²), all of it land.


Betterton is governed by a mayor and a town council with four members. Town council meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm in the town hall. The town hall is located on Third Avenue.

Betterton Beach

Betterton Beach is located at the foot of Main Street. The beach has 300 feet (91 m) of frontage for swimming. The water is generally free of sea nettles because the water is not very salty. The beach has public restrooms, a boardwalk, a fishing jetty, a public landing, and ample parking. A picnic pavilion is nearby. Lifeguards are on duty Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00am to 6:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day. The beach is maintained by Kent County Parks and Recreation.


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