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 Gloria Richardson, Dorchester’s cultural tapestry has been inspired by generations of African-American leaders, enslaved people and citizens from every walk of life.

Explore Dorchester’s African-American heritage at dozens of historic sites, attraction, and special events. Experience stories of hope and redemption along our Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway driving tour, or tie up your walking shoes to see where civil rights history was made.

Come for the day – or for the weekend – and prepare to be inspired! Stop by the Dorchester Visitor Center overlooking the Choptank River to start your journey.

While you’re here, check out the Chesapeake Country mural celebrating Dorchester’s vibrant African American community and accomplishments. Don’t forget to snap a photo and tag us on Instagram @VisitDorchester.

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African American Heritage Mural in Cambridge, MD featuring Harriet Tubman

Black History Month Highlights

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park & Visitor Center

Opened in March 2017, the visitor center offers a way to discover Tubman’s early years in the region and her role in the Underground Railroad. Gain insight into Tubman’s legacy as a leader, liberator and humanitarian. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10am-4pm. Free. Learn more.

Driving, Walking & Guided Tours

Explore one of two self-guided driving or walking tours this month. Download the map or audio guide for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway or lace up your shoes for the 2-mile Pine Street Walking Tour. Stop by the Dorchester Visitor Center for information and maps. You can also join a guided tour about Harriet Tubman.

Museums & Historic Sites

Visit one of Dorchester’s signature cultural attractions to discover our many black history stories. From the Bucktown General Store to Pine Street, the Dorchester County Historical Society, and the Harriet Tubman Museum & Education Center, our county’s cultural sites are as rich and varied as the people who built them. Learn more.


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