If you're a history buff, you've come to the right place. Dorchester County is teeming with places that will make history come alive for you.
Step into the places that were significant for Harriet Tubman, Annie Oakley, Lord Henry Sewell, and several Governors of Maryland. The rich history of our county spans many interests and generations, and is a source of pride for our residents.
Attractions in Historical Sites
In 1912, this home was designed by and built for Wild West Sharpshooter Annie Oakley when she and her husband Frank Butler retired to Cambridge.
The Bucktown Village Store is the historic site where Harriet Tubman braved her first act of public defiance. The store is now part of the Bucktown Village Foundation, and is open six days a week, Monday-Saturday, 9am-4pm.
Governor Holiday Hicks, born in Vienna, is buried at this site.
This is a replica of a historic lighthouse that once guided mariners along the Choptank River. The lighthouse features a mini-museum and visitor information. From May-October, the lighthouse is open daily, 9am-6pm. for free self-guided tours.
The Episcopal Church in Cambridge has served the community since 1692. See a piece of Maryland history…
Dorchester Heritage Museums and Gardens includes the Meredith House Family Life Center, the Goldsborough Stable, the Stronghouse and Herb Garden, the Neild Museum, the Robbins Heritage Center and the Waterfront Walk on Shoal Creek.
The historic plantation house known as Handsell is located north of Vienna, Maryland on Indiantown Road. The Handsell house is built on the site of the Chicone native American village. Managed by the Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance.
The Harriet Tubman Memorial Garden, located on Route 50 near the intersection of Washington Street in Cambridge, features interpretive signs and a mural to pay tribute to her and those who traveled to freedom from slavery on the Underground Railroad.
A driving tour highlighting sites that tell the story of the Underground Railroad and "conductor" Harriet Tubman, who was born here and led many out of slavery to freedom in the mid 1800s. The Tubnan Centennial will be celebrated throughout 2013.
The national monument designation encompasses various lands in Dorchester County that are either linked to places where Harriet Tubman lived and worked, or are similar to those landscapes. The national monument is run by the National Park Service.