Here at Dorchester County Tourism, we know about so many special gems, hidden places, and fun events that we decided to share some of these with you on this blog. Enjoy!
Chris Elcock first visited the future site of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitors Center in July of 2008. He’d come across the bridge from Baltimore that day in order to help decide whether his firm, GWWO Architects, would throw its hat in the ring when it came time to design the facility...
As we get ready to celebrate Earth Day at Spocott Windmill on April 23, we thought we'd take a moment to look back at the importance of windmills in Dorchester County... The first windmills were probably developed in China about 2,000 years ago, but the first drawing of a windmill was in Persia some 500 years later. Improved by millwrights in the Middle East and Europe, they eventually pivoted to catch the wind from all directions and had adjustable sails to control speed. Wind-powered machines met the needs of growing populations – grinding grain and spices, pumping water to drink or drain land – until wind gave way to steam and the Industrial Revolution in the 1800s.
Waterfowl love Dorchester County! This stands to reason since the Chesapeake is located in the Atlantic Flyway, a kind of a north-south super highway for migrating birds. Among the thousands of avian species who spend time here, the most abundant are Canada geese, swans, and more than 20 different kinds of ducks. From the air, they are enticed by the expansive marshes and sparse population to take the exit ramp to Dorchester and a break from their flights. Some stay for a few days - eat, rest, and continue on their journeys. Others remain for months and enjoy the hospitality of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge before returning to their northern nesting places.
If you’re heading to Dorchester County his weekend, the area around Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge will be alive with activities. On Thursday, March 10, there will be a symposium to commemorate the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman at the Refuge Visitor Center. On Saturday, activities are planned along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway from Blackwater to Delaware. At the same time, the Refuge is hosting it 16th Annual Eagle Festival.
For Rhonda Aaron, this time of year is all about muskrat. She's practicing her skills at skinning the furry rodents that live in our local marshes. She's experimenting with muskrat recipes. And she's gathering up her muskrat memorabilia—a stuffed muskrat here, an old photo there. It's all for the 71st annual National Outdoor Show, a one-of-a-kind event happening Feb. 26-27 that celebrates rural Dorchester County culture with a mix of muskrat skinning, trap setting, and goose calling contests, plus gun dogs, oyster races -- and tiaras.
In February, people around Dorchester County proudly recall the role a local militia played in defending some local farmers on Taylors Island. The Battle of the Ice Mound was fought in the closing days of the War of 1812, after the British Parliament had signed the Treaty of Ghent ending hostilities but nine days before the US Senate approved the accord. It was the last fight of the War of 1812 on the Chesapeake, which the British had effectively blockaded for three years.