Last updated:
April 2016

Shady Side

"Shady Side, Maryland, a village of a thousand homes, lies on a peninsula of land washed by the Chesapeake Bay on one side and West River on the other; it is situated just south of Annapolis. The community is rich in history and folklore, for its people in many instances were born and raised there, as were their families before them.  More recent arrivals quickly assimilate into the neighborhood, sharing a common love of a rural felicity seldom found elsewhere.  On a spring morning one awakens to the sharp cry of gulls circling overhead, the angry squawk of mallard ducks startled by a curious dog as they waddle across a yard, crackling sounds of a jib being released as a boat comes about in the channel, a sighing of wind through tall old trees and faint echoes of earlier residents mingling in nature's sound, soft voices coming back to us through the veil of time."
-Excerpt from Spirit of Shady Side, Peninsula Life 1664-1984 by Virginia White Fitz (Available through the Captain Avery Museum -

Since the time that this entertaining and informative history of the Shady Side Peninsula was written,  our community has nearly doubled, from one thousand homes in 1984 to about 1,800 today.  And there are approximately 1,700 remaining infill lots with development potential. The Shady Side Peninsula Association is dedicated to ensuring that any further development that takes place will be in accordance with the Deale/Shady Side Small Area Plan and that citizens' concerns regarding the environment, roads, schools, parks, recreation, and general quality of life are well represented.
SHADY SIDE, MD  20764      
     Location: 38°50'N 76°31'W      Housing Units: 1,804 in 1990
     Land Area: 7.33 square miles (4,694 acres)      Water Area: 0.58 square miles (372 acres)
     FIPS code: 71450 [SourceCBP]      County: Anne Arundel
     was named in 1959 [SourceGSP]      Current Population 5,559 [Source 2000 Census]