According to the city’s website, the old Mason’s Opera House was built in 1908. It showed movies, minstrel shows, vaudeville acts and plays. Evidently the space has been remodeled more than once, has had substantial changes to both the interior and exterior, and has been used for retail for the last 20 years. To view the Historic Sites Inventory Form, go to http://msa.maryland.gov/megafile/msa/stagsere/se1/se5/029000/029600/029621/pdf/msa_se5_29621.pdfWritten by Elaine Bean, Staff Writer 6:26 PM, Dec 25, 2012
After 14 years of sitting empty on the town’s most visible corner with a huge red For Rent/Sale sign mounted to its facade, the old opera house building is now officially the property of the town of Snow Hill. And the big red sign has come down.
Final settlement papers were signed Friday, transferring ownership from long-time owner Robert Raley of Lewes to the town. Raley donated the building after trying unsuccessfully to sell it for many years. One of Raley’s conditions for the transfer was that it be completed before the end of the year.
The building is prominently located at the corner of Market and Washington streets at the town’s only traffic light.