Dorchester Celebrates 350th Anniversary

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Dorchester County recently commemorated their milestone 350th anniversary with a public celebration that drew hundreds of attendees to the heart of Cambridge.

Attendees were able to engage in activities through a “heritage village” created on Rutherford Nagel Sept 2019and around the grounds of the Dorchester County Courthouse. Famous former residents Harriet Tubman and Annie Oakley were represented by reenactors at the event, living historian Daniel Firehawk Abbott told tales of regional Native American history, and a time capsule from 1969 revealed pins, ribbons and letters from locals of that era. Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford was also in attendance to present a proclamation to the county, which was accepted by County Council member Libby Nagel.

“We wanted to coordinate a celebration that celebrates our rich heritage while bringing together a diverse cross section of the community,” said Julie Gilberto-Brady, manager of the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area, who added that the commemoration showcased “all aspects of Dorchester’s unique history and culture.”

Tied in to the Dorchester Showcase Art Walk and Street Festival on historic High Street, visitors were able to shop goods made by local artisans, hear live performances, and sample foods from local Eastern Shore vendors. Representatives from many historical sites around the county including the Dorchester Historical Society and the Richardson Maritime Museum were also onsite with displays for visitors to peruse, and the Skipjack Nathan provided free skipjack rides.

The celebration continues throughout the county, as towns and historical sites plan to host complimentary events. Items from the time capsule will be on display at the Dorchester County Visitors Center at Sailwinds Park, the town of East New Market will host a local history and historic buildings tour on October 5, and the Historic Handsell plantation in Vienna has chosen Dorchester’s historic anniversary as the theme for it’s annual Nanticoke River Jamboree on October 12, 2019.

For more information, visit Dorchester County’s tourism website.

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