Choptank River Lighthouse
1 High Street
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The Choptank River Lighthouse, on the waterfront in Cambridge, Maryland, is a replica of a lighthouse that once guided ships of all sizes along the Choptank River. The lighthouse, with a small museum about the lighthouse history and local maritime heritage, is located on Pier A at Long Wharf Park. From May through October, the lighthouse is open 9am-6pm daily for self-guided tours. From November through April, the lighthouse is open by appointment; call 410-463-2653.
Harriet Tubman Museum & Education Center
424 Race Street
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Learn more about the incredible life and stories of Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad heroine and Dorchester County native. She escaped slavery and returned to lead dozens of others to freedom. This small museum is a stop on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad driving tour. The centennial of Tubman’s death will be commemorated in 2013. For a free driving tour map and guide called ‘Finding a Way to Freedom,’ stop by the Dorchester County Visitor Center (2 Rose Hill Place in Cambridge) or email your request to [email protected]. Open Tuesday through Saturday.
Historic High Street Walking Tours
One-hour walking tours led by colonial-garbed docent are sponsored by the West End Citizens Association. Cost is $8 (children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult). Reservations not necessary, but appreciated. Saturdays, April through October. Meet at 11 a.m. Saturday at Long Wharf (by High Street and Water Street), weather permitting.
J.M. Clayton Company
108 Commerce Street
The world’s oldest working crab house. Tours for 15 or more available (call to arrange). Retail items including crabs, crabmeat, and more (shipping available). Watch Clayton’s on YouTube.
Nathan of Dorchester Skipjack
Long Wharf on High Street
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Take a one- or two-hour cruise aboard a genuine Chesapeake Bay skipjack, the classic oystering boat and Maryland’s state boat. Get out on the Choptank and learn the fascinating history of oystering in the area. Public sails happen most weekends May through October. Charters available. Call for schedule and reservations or visit the website.
Richardson Maritime Museum
401 High Street
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Honoring Dorchester County’s waterman and boat-building heritage with models, boatbuilders’ tools, waterman’s artifacts, and more. Plus a reading room. Open Wednesday and Sunday (1-4pm) and Saturday (10am-4pm). Group tours are welcome; call to make arrangements. Watch the Richardson on YouTube.
Maryland Avenue and Hayward Street
Preserving the wonderful tradition of wooden boat-building. Come and learn the art of building wooden boat models and wooden boats from experts and see the modeler’s shop and large boat restoration area. Group tours are welcome; call to make arrangements. A new building is under construction, but the Boatworks is still open for visitors. Usually open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, about 9am-2pm.