There is another Renaissance Faire not to distant from Salisbury and that is the Pennsylvania Faire near Mannheim Pennsylvania. It can be done as a day trip, but it would be a very long day. A weekend excursion would be more reasonable for comfort. I actually went to the Pennsylvania Faire in 1994 before I ever went to the one Crownsville Maryland. As I remember it is much the same size as the Maryland Faire but are quite a few differences. One of the big attractions there was a Human Chess Match played by live actors on a huge grassy area designed as a chessboard. The grounds there were much more hilly than Maryland's and good walking shoes are again a must. The Faire is held on the grounds of the Mt. Hope Winery and the Mt Hope Mansion (pictured here) is just outside the gates of the Shire. There is a wine shoppe in the mansion selling their wares and the wine is reasonably priced and quite good with dozens of varieties.
The Faire at Mt. Hope is over for this year but the good thing is there are many programs going on year round at the Mansion. Starting this Friday there will be 3 consecutive weekends of a program titled "Poe Evermore". Starting November 28th through December 28th there is a program titled " A Dickens of a Christmas". These are live actor programs held in the theater in the mansion. Click on the title of this post to be taken to the Faire Website. Also enter "Mt. Hope Mansion" in your browser to find more information about this faire and the programs at Mt. Hope. Also you can asked to be added to their e-mail list and you will receive regular mailings and information of the Mt. Hope programs. You will not be disappointed!