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

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Heritage Area News & Announcements

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 and preserve Dorchester County’s history, natural resources and culture and to promote economic development through heritage tourism. Nominations are due Nov. 30. (Click the headline to read more.)

Rising Up Awards

The Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area and the Dorchester Business Resource Group are accepting nominations for their Rising Up Awards, initiated this year to celebrate the individuals and organizations who have helped to address the challenges of a deadly pandemic and societal unrest in 2020. (Click the headline to read more.)

Heritage Partners Receive Mini-Grants

The Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area has awarded mini-grants totaling nearly $7,500 to four organizations to assist with projects that enrich heritage resources and events in Dorchester County. This second round of HCCHA mini-grants brings the total to $25,000 awarded to non-profit organizations and municipalities this fiscal year. (Click on the headline to read more.)

Heritage Board Nominations Sought

The Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area 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 2020. If you have a passion for preserving Dorchester County’s heritage, please consider this opportunity. (Click headline to read more.)

Heritage Promoters Honored at Reception

The organizers of an event to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, a historic preservation non-profit, a community organization dedicated to Harriet Tubman, and a renowned muralist were honored for their roles in helping to preserve and promote Dorchester County’s local culture. (Click headline to read more.)

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