County is perhaps of one the more distinctive counties on the Eastern Shore in terms of its ratio of of land to water. Boasting 1700 miles of shoreline, and less than 20 miles of land locked boundaries, Dorchester County has sought to preserve the natural resources that have been enjoyed by generations beginning with our Native Americans over 13,000 years ago. This beautiful unspoiled countryside offers many opportunities to relax and enjoy life. Cambridge, the County seat, has also recently undergone a renaissance, becoming a destination for many in search of art and antiques.
The famous Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is located 12 miles south of Cambridge. The refuge consists of over 25,000 acres of woodland, rich tidal marsh, freshwater ponds and managed cropland. Blackwater NWR is one of the chief wintering areas for migrating ducks and Canada geese using the Atlantic Flyway. Three species listed as threatened or endangered are regularly seen at the refuge: the bald eagle, Delmarva fox squirrel and the migrating peregrine falcon. Throughout the year there is a diverse population of birds, mammals and waterfowl to enjoy watching and photographing. Dorchester is also home to one of the largest populations of eagles in the eastern United States, with more than 100 bald eagles living year round in the region. Osprey, many types of shorebirds, and songbirds can be spotted throughout the area. Even hummingbirds can be seen at the Butterfly Garden at the Blackwater Refuge's Visitor Center.
Once home to seven Maryland Governors, Annie Oakley, Anna Ella Carroll, the notorious Patty Cannon and other notable characters, Dorchester County has many stories to share. The Spocott Windmill has the only existing post windmill for grinding grain in Maryland, and offers visitors an opportunity to reflect on life dating back to early colonial times. Dorchester is also home to the birthplace of Harriet Tubman, who was born and raised as a slave in Dorchester, later becoming the founder of the Underground Railroad.
Like many of the unique gems on the Eastern Shore, Dorchester is not only worth exploring, it is worth calling home.