Deale was first known as Herring Creek Hundred, and included all the land bordering Herring Bay. All of the properties, except for the portion that was to become Deale, were surveyed the same week, October 24-29, 1651 by Robert Clarke, who was Maryland's surveyor from St. Mary's City. The first owners were wealthy Separatists, commonly called Puritans, who had moved to Maryland to escape religious persecution in Virginia. Herring Creek Hundred had its own militia by April, 1655. Starting in the 1920's, many smaller waterfront communities were platted and sold for summer homes. Most of these have now become permanent homes for year-round residents.
Now for the first time in nearly 50 years, a new subdivision, Elks Landing, will be built in this historic fishing village community.
Deale Rated One of Best Places to Live in Maryland
Deale was recently ranked by real estate blog Movoto as among the top 50 best places to live in Maryland. Movoto used these seven criteria to rank places in Maryland with a least 5,000 residents:
- Cost of living
- Crime rate
- High school graduation rate
- Median home value
- Median rent price
- Unemployment rate
Deal ranked 16, with low crime, strong home values and high rates of high school graduation contributing to the overall score.Source: The Patch