About the Heritage Area

About the Heritage Area2023-01-02T07:24:51-05:00

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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Heritage Area News & Announcements

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.)

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.)

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.)

Need more information?

Send us an email at info@visitdorchester.org

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

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