History and Heritage 2017-03-31T13:00:29+00:00
Renna McKinney, Malone

dorchester’s riches

Dorchester possesses a sense of place, character, and heritage all its own. This is the homeland of Harriet Tubman, the most famous of Underground Railroad “conductors” who led dozens of enslaved people to freedom. (Find out more on our sister site, the Harriet Tubman Byway). Sharpshooter Annie Oakley lived here. And more Maryland governors hailed from these parts than any other place in Maryland besides Baltimore City.

Explore our long history as an agricultural and canning powerhouse, our boatbuilding and maritime heritage, our many historic churches and cemeteries, our quaint (and still in service) general stores, and our Native American culture. A range of self-guided walking tours, driving tours, river excursions, museums, and more let you experience the stories and history.

Much of the county has been designed as a state heritage area known as the Heart of Chesapeake Country

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the history saver

Renna McKinney (pictured above) wants to save Malone’s Church, a modest gray building from 1895 nestled down a quiet road in Madison. And not just because her mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother are buried in the cemetery there...
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Churches

Churches

Museums

Museums

Historical Sites

Historical Sites

Famous Folk

Famous Folks