Chesapeake House

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Chesapeake House
Chesapeake House, viewed at night from southbound car parking
Chesapeake House, viewed at night from southbound car parking
General information
Type Rest area
Location Interstate 95 in Maryland
Coordinates 39°36′41.7″N 76°0′33.1″W / 39.611583°N 76.009194°W / 39.611583; -76.009194
Current tenants AreasUSA
Completed 1975
Owner Maryland Transportation Authority
Interior of Chesapeake House

Chesapeake House is a service area located on Interstate 95 in Cecil County, Maryland at mile marker 97. It is located in the median of I-95 and can be accessed by both northbound and southbound traffic.

It is one of the top five busiest rest stops in the United States.[1]


Chesapeake House opened in 1975. Today, Chesapeake House is run by the AreasUSA Corporation. U.S. Federal law prescribes that rest areas on public (toll-free) interstate highways be maintained by the state, however Maryland was able to obtain an exemption, allowing them to commercialise Chesapeake House and Maryland House.[2] This exemption was granted because the service areas were constructed when the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway was a toll road. Now, Maryland is responsible for the grounds, while the commercial operators absorb the costs of operation. WTOP-FM says that the two commercialized rest-stops bring in $40 million per annum.[3]


Chesapeake House includes several restaurants and a convenience store. Chesapeake House also offers two gas stations, one at each end of the plaza. Tourists to the area used to be able to access a visitor information service; however, the tourist information bureau was closed down, along with 7 others in Maryland, on January 7, 2010.[4]


Chesapeake House is expected to be closed and fully reconstructed starting around January 2014, following the reopening of the Maryland House, which began its closure for reconstruction on September 15, 2012. Starting in October 2012, the existing Chesapeake House restaurants will be replaced with Dunkin' Donuts, Wendy's, Earl of Sandwich, KFC, Cinnabon, Freshens, and Nathan's Famous until the Maryland House is reconstructed. In the reconstructed Chesapeake House, the food tenants will be Wendy's, Earl of Sandwich, KFC, Wetzels Pretzels, Qdoba Mexican Grill, and Caribou Coffee will be added. In addition, additional bus parking, free WiFi, and gas services will be provided.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dresser, Michael (2009-08-14). "Getting There: Toll authority plods ahead with travel plaza project". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  2. ^ Fisher, Marc (2009-03-31). "Need to Cut Costs, Virginia? Cut Loose Control of Rest Stops". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  3. ^ Tuss, Adam (2009-07-22). "Rest stops: budget drags or moneymakers?". WTOP. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  4. ^ Heid, Markham (2010-01-24). "Easy come, easy go? Md., Va. shuffle highway rest areas". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 2010-02-26. [dead link]
  5. ^ "MDTA Announces Public-Private Partnership to Redevelop & Operate I-95 Travel Plazas". Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA). Retrieved 5 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 39°36′41.7″N 76°0′33.1″W / 39.611583°N 76.009194°W / 39.611583; -76.009194