Smithsonian: Cambridge among Top 15 small towns

Submitted to the Dorchester Banner/Jill Jasuta
Michael Rosato’s mural of Harriet Tubman is one of Cambridge’s attractions.

“The Smithsonian Magazine recently listed the 16 best town to visit in 2019. Among those listed was Cambridge. The magazine had this to say about Cambridge written by Laura Kiriney.

“Located on the shores of the Choptank River and Cambridge Creek along Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Cambridge is known for its rich maritime heritage, as well as being a primary stop along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. This self-guided driving tour includes 36 sites related to the revered Underground Railroad “conductor” and escaped slave, who was born on a slave plantation just outside of town.

With this year marking the 170th commemoration of Tubman’s self-liberation, Cambridge’s Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center has debuted a new exterior mural of the leading abolitionist that’s already gone viral; and the byway’s Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center and State Park, about 10 miles south of Cambridge, will be debuting a new orientation film, Harriet Tubman: Soldier of Freedom, that will also coincide with the release of Focus Feature’s major motion picture, Harriet, this fall.

n Cambridge itself you’ll find stops like the Long Wharf, once a regional center for trading slaves, and the Dorchester County Courthouse, the spot where Tubman’s niece and her kids began their journey to freedom.

“Crab and oyster fishers still haul in their catches at Cambridge’s Yacht Basin (in fact, Cambridge’s JM Clayton Seafood Company remains the world’s oldest crab company), and the town’s Long Wharf is home to the Choptank River Lighthouse and Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, which hosts public sails on Saturday afternoons. A compact, walkable downtown supports a vibrant arts community, with more than a half-dozen galleries like Main Street Gallery showcasing a variety of works — from traditional Chesapeake landscape paintings to contemporary multimedia. To coincide with greater Dorchester County’s 350th anniversary, Dorchester Center for the Arts will even be hosting Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit “Water/Ways,” starting Oct. 19, with the focus being water’s impact on local culture, landscape, migration, and political and economic planning.

“Dine on authentic Chesapeake-inspired dishes at spots like Jimmie & Sooks and the waterfront Portside, spend hours sipping on beers like the 10 Layers, a chocolatey stout based on Maryland’s official state dessert — the Smith Island Cake — at RaR Brewery, or devour endless crustaceans during the annual Taste of Cambridge Crab Cook-off in July.

“For a bona fide Eastern Shore experience, book a stay at the Cambridge House B&B, a 19th-century sea captain’s manor decorated with period-style furnishings.”

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