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about the heritage area

The Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area leverages public and private partnerships to assist individuals, organizations and government entities protect, preserve and promote Dorchester County’s unique historic, cultural and natural resources. Its mission is to broaden and deepen the beneficial effect of heritage tourism on the local economy through advocacy, interpretation and preservation that enhances assets and people’s awareness, understanding and appreciation of those assets.

The Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area is one of 13 certified heritage regions in the state. These heritage areas leverage public and private partnerships to stimulate economic development through heritage tourism. The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority supports heritage areas with targeted financial and technical assistance. By investing public dollars, MHAA seeks to spark private investment and motivate local leadership to embrace a sustainable level of heritage tourism.

Each of Maryland’s Certified Heritage Areas is defined by its distinctive characteristics that make it different from other parts of the state. Most of Dorchester County is certified as the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area. The themes that define us are these:

  • Agricultural Life

  • Arts, Artists & Entertainment

  • Chesapeake Landscapes and Outdoor Adventures

  • Dorchester Families and Traditions

  • Dorchester History, Architecture & Artifacts

  • The Environment

  • Harriet Tubman and the Eastern Shore African-American History

  • Maritime Villages, Trades and Life

  • Native American Heritage

Visit our historical sites and learn more what makes the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area special.


For communities and organizations that work to preserve, restore heritage resources, sponsor events or projects that support these themes, the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area provides technical support to apply for grants and/or to advance their efforts. In addition, the heritage area itself implements projects and programs to improve its historical and cultural destinations.

strategic plan

In 2018, the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area updated and revised the heritage area’s five-year master plan to leverage and strengthen Dorchester’s heritage, cultural and tourism economy. The Strategic Plan serves as a guide for the Board’s and for the County’s priorities, actions and resources beginning in FY 2019. The Strategic Plan outlines four overarching goals, each with a series of objectives and action steps. The four goals are:

  1. Enhance Visitor Resources
  2. Raise Visibility
  3. Strive for Compatible Economic Development
  4. Practice Stewardship

To read the full plan, with its detailed objectives and action steps, click here.

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Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area
2 Rose Hill Place
Cambridge, MD 21613

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