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

Heritage Awardees Honored

Congratulations to our Heritage Awardees who were honored at a reception this week for their achievements in helping to preserve and promote Dorchester County’s local culture.

Heritage Board Nominees Sought

The Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area (HCCHA) is seeking nominations for two at-large seats on the Heritage Area’s Management Board. Both terms are for three years and will begin in January 2024.

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.

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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