Continuing the traditions of their ancestors

The Dorchester County Tourism Department’s monthly Heritage Partner Spotlight focuses on the 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 Nause-Waiwash Band […]

Layton’s Chance celebrates 10 years with award

VIENNA — The vines may look bare and the air may be cool, but things are definitely heating up at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery in Vienna, with the announcement that it has been recognized as the first and only Certified Craft Winery in the Mid-Atlantic. Carole Lawson, Executive Director of the CWA announced the […]

Artifacts from Fork District to be shared

CAMBRIDGE — The first residents of the county, Native Americans, made their homes in the area for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans and Africans. Their history will be the subject of a talk on Feb. 26. Early Dorchester County land records reflect the efforts that the white settlers went to in order […]

‘Blacks of the Chesapeake’ featured on Feb. 9

CAMBRIDGE — For more than a dozen years, the Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance has been building an organization committed to the history of three cultures — Native People, African-Americans and European settlers — that once lived in what is known as Indiantown, just north of Vienna in Dorchester County. At that location, visitors will find […]

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 […]

Dorchester man charged in killing

VIENNA — Maryland State Police homicide investigators arrested a Dorchester County man Sept. 13 in connection with a 2001 cold case involving the killing of a correctional officer. The accused is identified as John Michael Ingersoll, Jr., 46, of East New Market. The Maryland State Apprehension Team arrested Ingersoll at 9544 Black Dog Alley, Easton […]

Historic Handsell to host Living History Presentations

VIENNA — Visitors to Dorchester County’s largest living history event will enjoy hands-on interaction with a variety of activities on Oct. 12 at the 9th annual Nanticoke River Jamboree at the historic Handsell site near Vienna. Designed as an event for families, the Jamboree will feature open-hearth cooking as experienced by African-American slaves, displays and […]

Police and Fire Briefs, Aug. 21, 2019

Drug arrest CAMBRIDGE — On Aug. 13, a deputy with the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jeffery Todd Player Jr., 30, of 4362 Bayshore Road, Taylors Island. The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop conducted at Southside Drive and Woods Road, Cambridge. The suspect was charged with possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, possession of […]

Two Saturdays remain to tour Handsell

VIENNA — Only two more Saturdays remaining to tour Handsell House during the “Summer Saturdays Celebration” Aug.24 and Aug. 31 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. An NHPA Trustee will be there to greet you at 4387 Indiantown Road. The Chicone Village at Handsell was created to celebrate the history and culture of the First […]

Handsell highlights local cultures

VIENNA — On Saturday, visitors had the chance to get up close and personal with Handell’s past in an annual event known as Chicone Village Day. When visitors first arrive, their eyes are immediately drawn to structures around a brick home that is also called the Handsell House. Handsell House itself was once the home […]