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Rackliffe House


A 1740s merchant-planter’s home overlooking Assateague Island and scenic Sinepuxent Bay.


Rackliffe House was constructed in the 1740s by Captain Charles Rackliffe, the merchant-planter grandson of one of the earliest English immigrants to Maryland’s seaside. The large two-story, three-bay Manor House features Flemish bond brickwork with random glazed headers, a steeply pitched gabled roof with kicked eaves, and large windows. Captain Rackliffe intended the house to be seen across the water. He built it on a prominent ridge atop a man-made terrace with expansive views of the water and island.

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Rackliffe House bayfront

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Upcoming Events

8 Oct 2022

Archaeology Dig October 2022

The Rackliffe House Trust will be conducting an archaeology dig on the weekends of October 8th and 15th.  The event is free, and the public is invited to attend.  Archaeologists will search for long-lost building remains detected during a ground penetrating radar and magnetometry survey in 2018. Rackliffe House is an archaeological site that is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, and the building remains, and artifacts recorded on these weekends will enhance the understanding of how people lived and worked at Rackliffe House and the lower eastern shore of Maryland during the 18th and 19th centuries.


Attendees will watch and learn about the archaeology process and help screen soils for artifacts. Please come prepared for outdoor work, wear sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves, bug spray, sunscreen, and water. There will be 2 public sessions each weekend day, a morning session (9-12), and an afternoon session (1-4). Space is limited to 16 people per session.

To reserve your space please visit  For further information please contact us at or 410-629-1011 or

Come help uncover a part of Worcester County’s seaside history!

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