AIA is a friends group for National Park supporting educational, interpretive, scientific and recreational programs. All funds raised by AIA are for the direct benefit of Assateague Island National Seashore.
Ocean City, MD
Our Family Resort is located on Route 50 in beautiful Ocean City, Maryland. One mile from the beach and boardwalk, across from great shopping at the Ocean City Tanger Outlets, The Francis Scott Key Family Resort offers a family friendly atmosphere for your vacation with tons of extra amenities. While convenient to beach activities our resort is a welcome relief from the congestion of the city. Plenty of free parking is available, as well as nearby access to a free county boat ramp for your fishing excursion or day relaxing on the water. The Francis Scott Key is a Family Tradition offering memories for a lifetime.
Please contact one of our managers if we can assist with any special accommodations to make your stay more enjoyable!
…to 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.
In its time, Rackliffe House has witnessed marauding Spanish galleons, Barbary pirate ships, and English men-of-war. The house has stood through the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. Today, thanks to the restoration efforts of the Rackliffe House Trust and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, historic Rackliffe House now serves as a coastal museum that interprets 18th-century life along Maryland’s seaside.
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