Protecting, promoting Dorchester’s environment

Editor’s note: The monthly Heritage Partner Spotlight focuses on our Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area (HCCHA) partners and how they have supported heritage tourism in Dorchester County with a project funded by either a Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) grant or a HCCHA mini-grant. This month’s spotlight shines on the Friends of Blackwater National […]

Society seeks history of Brookview, Eldorado

BROOKVIEW — The Dorchester County Historical Society (DCHS) has been working since April of this year to collect history about Brookview and Eldorado, located in the northeastern part of the county known as the Fork District. Local residents are being asked to contribute what they know about the area. In the spring, there were a […]

Heritage Area Awards: For preservation, promotion of local culture

CAMBRIDGE — The organizers of Cambridge’s event to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, a historic preservation nonprofit, a community organization dedicated to the memory of Harriet Tubman, and a renowned muralist were honored Oct. 24, for their roles in helping to preserve and promote Dorchester County’s local culture during the annual […]

New ‘Age of Steam’ exhibit

CAMBRIDGE — A new exhibit at the Choptank River Lighthouse explores in photos and stories the days when steamboats loaded with passengers and cargo were a daily presence along the rivers of Dorchester and Talbot counties. Titled “The Age of Steam,” the exhibit gives visitors an overview of the steamboat era, which ran from 1813 […]

Richardson Museum, Ruark Boatworks highlight local history

Editor’s note: This month’s spotlight shines on the Richardson Maritime Museum and Ruark Boatworks, as they move forward in the development of a maritime complex on Cambridge Creek at Maryland Avenue and Hayward Street. CAMBRIDGE — The Richardson Maritime Museum is moving forward with the development of a new maritime campus as it carries out […]

Handsell highlights three cultures at Nanticoke Jamboree

CHICONE — The Nanticoke River Jamboree, Dorchester County’s largest living history event, was held at Handsell on Saturday. The event featured open-hearth cooking as experienced by African-American slaves, displays and hands-on demonstrations by Native Americans who once lived on the site, and crafts of early European settlers who built the house at Handsell hundreds of […]

‘The Chronicles of Adam’ opens Oct. 11

CHURCH CREEK — The second weekend in October, Dorchester will be treated to a very special first-person living history presentation with “The Chronicles of Adam,” an interpretation of a slave by the name of Adam. Although based on a real person, this story is comprised of various accounts, historical facts, and life lessons for viewers […]

Remembering Dorchester, Oct. 2, 2019

The following is an excerpt from and article written by Claude Gootee, originally published in the Banner’s 300th anniversary edition. 50 years ago When Captain Wilbur Newcomb goes down to his 25-foot workboat at the Muir Street wharf, he can look a stone’s throw directly across the small body of water to a spot that […]

‘Sequoia’ returns to Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE — The former presidential yacht “Sequoia” has returned to Cambridge. The last time the Sequoia visited the city was in 1935, when then-president Franklin D. Roosevelt sailed the Sequoia down the Chesapeake Bay to attend the dedication of the Emerson C. Harrington bridge, a two-lane span that joined Dorchester County with Talbot and set […]

New UGRR materials available to travelers

BALTIMORE – Earlier this month, Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed September as International Underground Railroad Month in Maryland. The designation recognizes the state as “The Most Powerful Underground Railroad Storytelling Destination in the World.” To assist visitors in identifying the authentic Underground Railroad sites and the freedom seekers whose words and deeds have helped shape our […]