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Downtown Cambridge, MD 21613

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An authentic Chesapeake town on Maryland’s storied Eastern Shore, historic downtown Cambridge is in the midst of an exciting renaissance!

Located on the broad Choptank River, the seat of Dorchester County dates back to 1684, making it one of the oldest colonial cities in the state. Originally a seaport community along the Choptank River, it has a rich maritime heritage that can be explored in museums, through historic district tours and river cruises. When James Michener was doing research for his novel Chesapeake, he reportedly called Cambridge’s High Street one of the most beautiful streets in America. He modeled his fictional city Patamoke after Cambridge. Many of the gracious homes on High Street date from the 1700s and 1800s.

The town’s rich maritime history — building boats, sailing the waters, catching crabs, oysters, and other seafood — is celebrated at the Richardson Maritime Museum and the Ruark Boatworks. You can also join a short cruise on an authentic skipjack, Nathan of Dorchester, which is an oyster dredging vessel.

Famed Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman was born nearby, and a museum honoring her stands in the heart of the downtown district. Several downtown art galleries regularly feature work tied to the one-of-a-kind traditions of the Chesapeake – shipbuilding, sailing, fishing, crabbing, waterfowling and more.

An expansive mosaic mural on Race Street depicts the history of Cambridge’s working people through the centuries. Other historic highlights include Christ Episcopal Church, a Gothic structure dedicated in 1884. Its roots go back to 1694. In its cemetery are buried four governors of Maryland (as well as a monument to a fifth governor). Across the street from the church is the historic county courthouse, with a historic marker.

Find more information at: www.CambridgeMainStreet.com and www.choosecambridge.com

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cambridge in the limelight

Cambridge has been reinventing itself — and people are noticing! In 2013, Cambridge was named one of the “Top 10 Best Small Towns in America” by Livability. And in 2014, Cambridge was named one of “12 Places to Visit in Small Town America” by viraltravel.com.
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Showcase Art Walk & Street Festival

Dorchester Center for the Arts 321 High Street, Cambridge

Come spend the afternoon walking down Historic High Street in Cambridge, MD. Take in all the sights and sounds of this beautiful waterfront venue filled for the day with creative and unique artwork for show and sale. This juried fine arts event showcases painting, photography, ceramics, drawing/pastel, fiber/textiles, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, and watercolor creations; even heritage arts such as boatbuilding and blacksmithing. A little bit of everything!

Once you’ve chosen an art treasure or two to enhance your visit a full array of food and refreshment vendors will be featured along with local musicians and performers providing entertainment for all ages. Rain or shine. Admission is free!

Showcase is presented by the Dorchester Center for the Arts and the Dorchester County Arts Council and generously supported by the Nathan Foundation.

Art Walk

Downtown Cambridge High St & Poplar St, Cambridge

Enjoy an evening in downtown Cambridge strolling the art galleries, browsing a range of artwork, and enjoying free refreshments during the Art Walk, which happens […]

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