About the Heritage Area

About the Heritage Area2021-03-23T13:21:24-04:00

Heart of Chesapeake Country 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.

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

Explore

Pick up a Dorchester Heritage Guide and Passport Booklet and explore the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area at your own pace. The 12 stops on the self-guided Passport Tour highlight Dorchester County’s unique history.

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Need more information?

Send us an email at info@visitdorchester.org

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

Heritage Area News & Announcements

Chesapeake Scenic Byway named All-American Road

The Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway (CCSB), which runs through Dorchester County, is among 15 new All-American Roads announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. Two of the 16 sites highlighted on the 400-mile Byway are in Dorchester County – Long Wharf in Cambridge and the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. (Click on the headline to read more.)

Heritage Mini-Grants (February)

The Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area has awarded mini-grants to two Dorchester County heritage organizations to assist with projects and support operating expenses. The Heritage Board is continuing to accept mini-grant applications on a rolling basis – both for projects and for COVID-19 related operating expenses. (Click the headline to read more.)

Heritage Mini-Grants (January)

The Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area has awarded mini-grants to two organizations to assist with projects that enrich heritage resources in Dorchester County. The Heritage Board is continuing to accept mini-grant applications on a rolling basis – both for projects and for COVID-19 related operating expenses. (Click the headline to read more.)

Heritage impact estimated at $40.2 million

The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority has released the results of an economic impact study that estimates that the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area contributes $40.2 million to the statewide economy and supports and sustains 570 jobs. (Click on the headline to read more.)

Heritage Area Grant Opportunities

Two approaching heritage grant opportunities are available for nonprofit organizations and municipalities in the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area (HCCHA). Additionally, for those interested in more information about applying for MHAA funding, an "Early Bird" grants workshop is scheduled for Dec. 15. (Click on the headline to read more.)

Rising Up Award Honorees Announced

Four Dorchester County individuals and organizations have been honored with Rising Up awards, celebrating their efforts to respond to the upheaval of 2020 with innovation, creativity and compassion. (Click on the headline to read more.)

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