the blog 2017-04-03T15:03:07+00:00

Here at Dorchester County Tourism, we know about so many special gems, hidden places, and fun events that we decided to share some of these with you on this blog. Enjoy!

New Gift & Gourmet Shops in Cambridge

New and expanding businesses enhance Cambridge’s shopping destinations While ‘old man winter’ tries to keep his icy grip on the Eastern Shore, things are heating up in Dorchester County Maryland with the opening of new businesses in Cambridge in the coming weeks. "If Spring signals new beginnings, then Dorchester is [...]

March 25th, 2018|Comments Off on New Gift & Gourmet Shops in Cambridge

Opening Soon: Spring Attractions Return

March 20 marked the start of spring and harkens the arrival of warm weather - along with the return of many of Dorchester County’s seasonal favorites. To help get you in the mood for adventure, history, dining and recreation, we’ve rounded up a list of can’t-miss places opening this season. [...]

March 5th, 2018|Comments Off on Opening Soon: Spring Attractions Return

Black History in the Heart of the Chesapeake

Visit Dorchester County to explore African-American history, culture and heritage Travel back in time in Dorchester County Maryland this February to meet the pioneers, patriots and freedom fighters who changed the course of history. Renowned as the birthplace of Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman, and home of civil rights icon [...]

February 1st, 2018|Comments Off on Black History in the Heart of the Chesapeake

Top 18 Dorchester events for 2018!

Start planning now for a great 2018 — here are 18 Dorchester events to watch out for! Check out our online calendar for more events. 1. Muskrat Weekend!  Feb. 23-25 Two unique events in one weekend, both celebrating the muskrat! National Outdoor Show, Feb. 23-24: A slice of traditional Dorchester culture [...]

January 2nd, 2018|Comments Off on Top 18 Dorchester events for 2018!

2017 Holiday Magic in Dorchester!

There's something about visiting and living in Dorchester County here in the Heart of the Chesapeake, with its small town flavor, that just makes the holidays more joyful. Experience it for yourself at one of our holiday events, in our independently owned shops and galleries brimming with interesting gifts, and [...]

November 30th, 2017|Comments Off on 2017 Holiday Magic in Dorchester!

The View North at Tubman Visitor Center

Chris Elcock first visited the future site of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitors Center in July of 2008. He’d come across the bridge from Baltimore that day in order to help decide whether his firm, GWWO Architects, would throw its hat in the ring when it came time to design the facility...

July 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Windmills on our minds

As we get ready to celebrate Earth Day at Spocott Windmill on April 23, we thought we'd take a moment to look back at the importance of windmills in Dorchester County... The first windmills were probably developed in China about 2,000 years ago, but the first drawing of a windmill was in Persia some 500 years later. Improved by millwrights in the Middle East and Europe, they eventually pivoted to catch the wind from all directions and had adjustable sails to control speed. Wind-powered machines met the needs of growing populations – grinding grain and spices, pumping water to drink or drain land – until wind gave way to steam and the Industrial Revolution in the 1800s.

April 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Duck, duck, goose!

Waterfowl love Dorchester County! This stands to reason since the Chesapeake is located in the Atlantic Flyway, a kind of a north-south super highway for migrating birds. Among the thousands of avian species who spend time here, the most abundant are Canada geese, swans, and more than 20 different kinds of ducks. From the air, they are enticed by the expansive marshes and sparse population to take the exit ramp to Dorchester and a break from their flights. Some stay for a few days - eat, rest, and continue on their journeys. Others remain for months and enjoy the hospitality of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge before returning to their northern nesting places.

March 25th, 2016|0 Comments

The new face of the $20: where her story began

If you’re heading to Dorchester County his weekend, the area around Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge will be alive with activities. On Thursday, March 10, there will be a symposium to commemorate the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman at the Refuge Visitor Center. On Saturday, activities are planned along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway from Blackwater to Delaware. At the same time, the Refuge is hosting it 16th Annual Eagle Festival.

March 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Muskrat champ, eel pot weaver, grandmother

For Rhonda Aaron, this time of year is all about muskrat. She's practicing her skills at skinning the furry rodents that live in our local marshes. She's experimenting with muskrat recipes. And she's gathering up her muskrat memorabilia—a stuffed muskrat here, an old photo there. It's all for the 71st annual National Outdoor Show, a one-of-a-kind event happening Feb. 26-27 that celebrates rural Dorchester County culture with a mix of muskrat skinning, trap setting, and goose calling contests, plus gun dogs, oyster races -- and tiaras.

February 23rd, 2016|2 Comments

Seven Sheep, a Cook and Karma

In February, people around Dorchester County proudly recall the role a local militia played in defending some local farmers on Taylors Island. The Battle of the Ice Mound was fought in the closing days of the War of 1812, after the British Parliament had signed the Treaty of Ghent ending hostilities but nine days before the US Senate approved the accord. It was the last fight of the War of 1812 on the Chesapeake, which the British had effectively blockaded for three years.

February 10th, 2016|0 Comments