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Special events mark Underground Railroad Month in September

Special events are planned for International Underground Railroad Month in Maryland, honoring the brave men, women, and children who fought for freedom. It’s the month when Harriet Tubman (born here in Dorchester County, Maryland) made her first attempt to escape slavery (Sept. 17) and when abolitionist Frederick Douglass self-liberated himself in Baltimore (Sept. 3).

Heritage Area Award Nominations 2023

A lot of amazing people in Dorchester County work hard to preserve and promote their local history and culture. Here's your chance to nominate them for some well-deserved recognition - the 2023 Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area Awards. (Click the headline above for more info.)

Mini-Grants Awarded to Heritage Partners

The Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area (HCCHA) has awarded mini-grants totaling $25,000 to 11 non-profit organizations and local municipalities to assist with projects that enrich heritage resources and events in Dorchester County.

Heritage Mini-Grant Applications Open

The Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area is accepting Mini-Grant applications for projects that enrich heritage resources or events in the Dorchester County. These small, matching grants of up to $5,000 are available to local municipalities and non-profit organizations with​in the Heritage Area.

Governor shares archaeological news along Harriet Tubman Byway

We were honored to have Maryland Governor Wes Moore at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park & Visitor Center in Church Creek, Maryland on Feb. 14. He was here to help share the latest archaeological discoveries on land where Harriet Tubman was born into slavery....

Dorchester County 2022 Highlights

How quickly we forget! It's fun to look back and see what happened in the past year. The Harriet Tubman Bicentennial brought international attention. More than 20 new tourism-related businesses opened....

MHAA FY2024 Grant Round Opens

Now is the time to plan for the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority FY2024 grant round! We encourage non-profits and municipalities with projects or ideas that involve historical, cultural or natural resources, sites, events or facilities to attend one of the information sessions about the grants process. (Click on the headline to read more.)

Heritage Area Honorees – 2022

Former East New Market Mayor Caroline Cline, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center, and the South Dorchester Folk Museum are this year’s recipients of the annual Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area heritage awards. (Click headline to read more.)

Heritage Board Public Meeting

The Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area Board of Directors will present their Annual Year in Review during a public meeting at 9 a.m. on Dec. 15 at the Dorchester County Tourism Office. (Click the headline to read more.)

Crab Basket Tree celebrates watermen

A Christmas tree made from re-purposed crab baskets and buoys? Oh yes! A busy corner in downtown Cambridge is home to a 20-foot high tree made from nearly 200 bushel baskets that have been used to harvest Maryland blue crabs — and will be put back to work when crab season starts again in April. (Click headline to read more)

Heritage Board Nominees Sought

The Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area is seeking nominations for their Management Board. The Heritage Board’s mission is to protect, preserve and promote Dorchester County’s history, natural resources and culture and to encourage economic development through heritage tourism. Nominations are due Nov. 30. (Click the headline to read more.)

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