Welcome to Dorchester County, Maryland. Enjoy the endless waterviews and stunning sunsets along 1,700 miles of pristine shoreline. Visit our remarkable historical sites and witness the abundance of nature at our many outdoor parks and recreation areas. Here are just a few local attractions to consider.
Blackwater National Wildlife RefugeLocated 12 miles south of Cambridge, the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1933 as a refuge for migratory birds. With over 23,000 acres of tidal marshland, Blackwater is one of the chief wintering areas for Canada Geese using the Atlantic Flyway. Blackwater is also home for three of our nation's threatened or endangered species, the bald eagle, Delmarva fox squirrel and the migrating peregrine falcon during certain seasons of the year.
Malkus Memorial Bridge
The Frederick C. Malkus Memorial Bridge is the gateway to Dorchester County over the Choptank River, which borders the county to the North. A life long resident of Dorchester County, Senator Malkus served in the Maryland State Senate from 1951 through 1994.
Since 1972, Dorchester County has had a fully operating English style post windmill which was expertly crafted by the late master shipbuilder, James B. Richardson. There has been a succession of windmills at this location dating back to the late 1700's. Nearby on the grounds is a c. 1800 one and one-half story colonial tenant house.
Birthplace of Harriet Tubman"The Moses of her People", Harriet Tubman was born on the Brodess Plantation in Dorchester County. Known for her role in the Underground Railroad, she returned to Delmarva 19 times to free other slaves. During the Civil War, she served a Union nurse, scout, and spy.
The visitor's center at Sailwinds Park is located at the foot of the Malkus Bridge, just as you are entering Dorchester County. Sailwinds Park is located along the shoreline of the Choptank River, and hosts many community events and festivals throughout the year.