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Water moves us ..... historic downtown Cambridge is one of the most authentic Chesapeake town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore,

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Cambridge

Located on the Choptank River, the seat of Dorchester County dates back to 1684, making it one of the oldest colonial cities in Maryland. Originally a seaport community,it has a rich maritime heritage that can be explored in museums, through historic district tours and river cruises.

Today you can join a historic walking tour of High Street each Saturday at 11am, April through October (weather permitting). To reserve and for information on cost, call 410.901.1000. The town’s rich maritime history — building boats, sailing the waters, catching crabs, oysters, and other seafood — is celebrated at the Richardson Maritime Museum and the Ruark Boatworks. You can also join a short cruise on an authentic skipjack, Nathan of Dorchester, which is an oyster dredging vessel.

An expansive mosaic mural on Race Street depicts the history of Cambridge’s working people through the centuries. Other historic highlights include Christ Episcopal Church, a Gothic structure dedicated in 1884. Its roots go back to 1694. In its cemetery are buried four governors of Maryland (as well as a monument to a fifth governor). Across the street from the church is the historic county courthouse, with a historic marker.

Find more information at: http://visitdorchester.org, www.CambridgeMainStreet.com and www.choosecambridge.com

Visitor Center at Sailwinds Park in Cambridge Photo By: Jill Jasuta

1 Dorchester County Visitor Center

The Dorchester County Visitor Center, an Eastern Shore Landmark, is the perfect place to begin your journey.
 


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
200 Byrn St
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-228-SAIL(7245)


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Maryland Blue Crab

2 Taste of Cambridge Crab Cook-Off and Festival

July 14, 2018 5-10pm
​Hang with the locals and enjoy a free street festival with a crab cook-off, great music, fun kids' activities, a professional crab-picking competition, gallery openings, late shopping and more. Crab Cook-Off competition has local top chefs competing in categories of best crab cake, crab soup, crab dip, and crab specialty dish.

http://visitdorchester.org/events/taste-of-cambridge-crab-cook-off-and-f...


More about Taste of Cambridge Crab Cook-Off & Festival


Type:
Events


Location:
Race, Poplar Sts
Cambridge, MD 21613
443-477-0843


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Racing power boats Photo By: VisitDorchester.com

3 Boating Competitions on the Choptank

Cambridge Classic Powerboat Races
May 19-20, 2018 10:30am-5pm
The country's longest-running powerboat races happen right here in Dorchester! This year marks the 108th Cambridge Classic Power Boat Regatta on the Choptank River. Some of these boats reach speeds up to 170mph!
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Thunder on the Choptank
July 28-29, 2018
Mark your calendar for another great powerboat race on when the Kent Narrow Racing Association brings their race to Cambridge, Maryland. That’s right, Thunder on the Narrow moved to Cambridge in 2017 and is now known as Thunder on the Choptank.
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brick building with glass storefront Photo By: The Dorchester Center for the Arts

4 The Dorchester Center for the Arts

As the designated County Arts Council for Dorchester County, the Center for the Arts is home for artists working in all media. Its purpose is to enrich Maryland’s Eastern Shore through engaging programming in the visual, literary, musical and performing arts
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red building on the docks Photo By: VisitDorchester.org

5 J.M. Clayton Company

J.M. Clayton Company is the World’s oldest crab company. After more than five generations and 126 years, local watermen still pull up to the docks by the J. M. Clayton Company to sell their catch of the day. They sell only authentic “Blue Crab Crabmeat,” full of the pure flavor found in world famous Chesapeake Bay blue crabs—a traditional Maryland delicacy.


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Type:
Seafood


Location:
108 Commerce St
Cambridge, MD 21613


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The Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, a traditional oyster dredging boat, offers public sailings with educational demonstrations on most Saturdays and Sundays from Long Wharf Park in Cambridge. Photo By: Skipjack Nathan

6 Nathan of Dorchester

May through October.
Enjoy an unforgettable sail on a Chesapeake Bay Skipjack, Nathan of Dorchester, the last of the Bay's skipjacks built to be a dredge boat. Experience the vanishing skipjack heritage of Maryland's Eastern Shore as you  sail and dredge for oysters. 


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
Long Wharf, at the end of High St
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-228-7141


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brick building Photo By: Richardson Maritime Museum

7 Maritime Museums

Cambridge is home to two major maritime museums: The Brannock Maritime Museum and The Richardson Maritime Museum. Brannock features collections that preserve the area's martitime heritage, while offering an expansive library to visitors. The Richardson Museum, named after local boat builder James B. Richardson, is dedicated to the craftsmen and culture of the traditional Eastern Shore wooden boat building.

Harriet Tubman

8 Harriet Tubman

Famed Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman was born near Cambridge. Visit the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center and become immersed in Harriet Tubman’s world through informative and evocative exhibits then explore her story along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway 
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Featured Places
Governors Hall at Sailwinds Park
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Location:
200 Byrn St
Cambridge, MD 21613
A Crab
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Location:
Race, Poplar Sts
Cambridge, MD 21613
Bushel of female crabs
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Location:
108 Commerce St
Cambridge, MD 21613
Photo of sailing Skipjack
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Location:
Long Wharf, at the end of High St
Cambridge, MD 21613
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