New 50-year capsule contents are displayed

CAMBRIDGE – The Dorchester County 350th Anniversary Committee and Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area invite the public to a time capsule celebration from 1-4 p.m. on Dec. 18 at the Dorchester Visitor Center at Sailwinds Park as they prepare to launch a new era and a new 50-year time capsule to be opened in […]

Remembering Dorchester, Dec. 3, 2019

The following is an excerpt from an online post by “Taylors Island Maryland.” Survey of Slaughter Creek dated 1880 to consider dredging: General survey or examination of Slaughter Creek was directed in the River and Harbor Act of 1870. The necessary field work was done by Assistant John L. Seager and party in October of […]

Time capsule: Intended recipients of letters, packages sought

CAMBRIDGE – You may have a message or treasure from a long lost Dorchester County relative waiting for you! During the county’s 350th Anniversary Celebration in September, officials opened a 50-year-old time capsule filled with letters, small packages and mementos from 1969. Many were addressed to “heirs,” “descendants” or the “future generation.” Over the past […]

Remembering Dorchester: Banks honors uncle, Korean War P.O.W.

CAMBRIDGE — Dion Banks celebrated Veterans’ Day by honoring his granduncle, who appeared on the front page of the Banner in 1953. “I could not let Veterans’ Day 2019 go by without paying homage to a ‘Great American Hero’ that I also have the honor and privilege to call Uncle Bobbie, the brother of my […]

Recalling the early European explorers

The following is an excerpt from an article originally published in “Dorchester Tercentenary: Bay Country Festival,” in 1969. The book was edited by Tom Flowers. Neary 1,400 square miles of land and water actually comprised the area between the Nanticoke and the Choptank Rivers. This same parcel of land would later be divided into Dorchester, […]

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 […]