Improvements happening at Dorchester Visitor Center

CAMBRIDGE — The Dorchester Visitor Center is undergoing improvements and needed maintenance, but will remain open to the public during construction. The elevated boardwalk leading to the main entrance of the visitor center is being completely replaced and the air-conditioning in the restroom building is being upgraded. In addition, a new mural is in the works for restroom building’s exterior wall that faces the water.

Construction has started and is expected to continue through at least January. During that time, the main entrance of the visitor center has been relocated to the lower level, accessible by walking down the boardwalk path next to the playground.

Visitors and residents will still be able to stop by to pick up local tourist information and to see exhibits about the area. The restrooms will remain open to the public as much as possible during construction. The visitor center hours will remain the same: 8:30 to 5 p.m. daily, except major holidays. The Maryland State Highway Administration is the funding partner and owner of the building.

“We’re excited about giving our landmark visitor center a much-needed facelift as well as adding another beautiful mural in our growing series of murals,” said Amanda Fenstermaker, director of Dorchester County Tourism. The mural, created by Michael Rosato, a nationally known muralist who lives in Dorchester County, will celebrate Dorchester’s long tradition of watermen harvesting crabs. It will become the sixth in a series of outdoor murals around the county known as the Chesapeake Country Mural Trail.

“The mural is going to be spectacular and will be visible to people as they drive across the Malkus Bridge,” said Ms. Fenstermaker, who added that the mural is scheduled to be installed in early 2017.

To contact the Dorchester County Visitor Center, call 410-228-1000, email info@visitdorchester.org, or stop by at 2 Rose Hill Place in Cambridge.

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