Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve on Maryland’s Eastern Shore
dedicated to promoting the appreciation and conservation of the region’s native plants.
Four miles of paths along streams, through meadows and native plant gardens and under
the shade of a rich bottomland forest attract nature lovers, gardeners, students
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland,
approximately 12 miles south of the town of Cambridge, in Dorchester County. The
Refuge includes over 27,000 acres, composed mainly of rich tidal marsh characterized
by fluctuating water levels and varying salinity. Other habitat types include freshwater
ponds, mixed evergreen and deciduous forests, and small amounts of cropland and managed
impoundments that are seasonally flooded for waterfowl use.
The John Smith Chesapeake is the first National Historic Trail to follow a route
on water. The historic routes cover approximately 3000 miles of the Bay and its tributaries,
and they may be accessed from hundreds of points throughout Virginia, Maryland and
The mission of the Wildfowl Trust of North America, Inc. is to be responsible and
proactive environmentally. We strive to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
Specifically, we promote environmental stewardship at our 510-acre site, the Chesapeake
Bay Environmental Center, through education, restoration and conservation.
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering
an understanding of the culture and history of the Chesapeake Bay. Since its founding
in 1965, the Museum has grown through the support of volunteers, staff, and members.
The Choptank River Heritage Center (CRHC) is located in a historic schooner and steamboat
warehouse at the restored Joppa Steamboat Wharf on the upper Choptank River in West
Denton, Maryland. It is the Center’s mission to preserve and interpret the evolution
and development of the land, its inhabitants and their interrelationship with the
Eastern Shore’s noblest river (the Great Choptank River). The Center promotes understanding,
appreciation, and experiences that interpret the riverine history of the Choptank
River, as it relates to the agricultural and cultural development within the Eastern
Shore’s longest river system, through research, programs, exhibits and publications.
The Dorchester County Historical Society is a private, nonprofit, organization dedicated
to the collection, preservation, maintenance, exhibit, and making available for research:
artifacts, documents and other items relative to the history of Dorchester County.
The Dorchester County Historical Society was founded in 1953 to promote an appreciation
of Dorchester County history. The Society strives to fulfill this goal by collecting
artifacts, operating museums, maintaining an archive, and by advocating the preservation
of other historic resources in the County. Many educational program meetings are
held throughout the year at which guests speak on topics related to the local and
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, located at the confluence of the Chester River
and the Chesapeake Bay on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. This 2,285-acre island refuge
is a major feeding and resting place for migrating and wintering waterfowl. More
than 100,000 ducks, geese and swans seek sanctuary here each year, as do migrating
and breeding songbirds and shorebirds, and bald eagles that thrive here year-round.
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge provides a variety of recreational opportunities
for all ages. Nearly six miles of trails and roads, including universally-accessible
boardwalks and a waterside trail, are open to visitors most of the year, providing
excellent wildlife viewing and spectacular Chesapeake Bay vistas. Facilities for
boating, fishing, and crabbing are also available.
The Delmarva Shorebirds Embrace the Rich History of Baseball on the Eastern Shore
with ‘The Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame Museum.’ Within its Doors Hold the
Story of Hundreds of Men, All of Whom Had a Part to Play in The Eastern Shore’s Baseball
Past. Come celebrate our Love for Players Past and Present by Stopping in the Museum
Next Time You’re at a Delmarva Shorebirds Baseball Game. The Hall of Fame Museum
opened on May 24, 1997 and is dedicated to the history, preservation, and recognition
of amateur, semi-pro, and professional baseball as it was played in the years past
on the Delmarva Peninsula.
The Historical Society of Talbot County was founded in 1954 to preserve and celebrate
the history and culture of Talbot County, Maryland. The Historical Society is deeply
dedicated to becoming a force for heritage preservation while also offering the entire
community a wide range of opportunities to learn about our rich Talbot County history.
From exhibits to educational programs, special events to research opportunities,
the Historical Society is the leading resource for discovering Talbot County's past.
The J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum is located along the waterfront of Crisfield,
Maryland. The museum traces the history of the lower Eastern Shore with exhibits
on the beginnings of the Chesapeake Bay, the influence of Native Americans on the
early colonists, seafood harvesting and processing, the history of Crisfield, and
the evolution of that truly American art form, decoy carving and painting.
Martinak State Park sits along the Choptank River, the largest of the Eastern Shore
tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. The park supports a wide variety of plant and
animal life. Hardwood and pine forests surround the park, which offers modern campsites
and boating access. Martinak is a haven for bird watchers, who must choose to walk
the park's abundant hiking trails or paddle the waterways via canoe.
Pemberton Park is located on Pemberton Drive on the west side of Salisbury, just
a short distance from Route 50. The park's 262 acres offers the opportunity to hike
4.5 miles of natural trails, appreciate the beauty of nature and participate in environmental
education, historical interpretation or special event activities.
Pickering Creek Audubon Center is a 400-acre working farm on the Eastern Shore of
Maryland situated next to the tidal Pickering Creek in Talbot County, Maryland. The
Center’s property features a variety of habitats including mature hardwood forest,
fresh and brackish marsh, meadow, tidal and non-tidal wetlands, over a mile of shoreline
on a tidal creek, and cropland. Two hundred and seventy acres are devoted to low
impact “best management practice” agriculture. The farmed acreage of Pickering Creek
is its link to the significant farming heritage of the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
The mission of the Purnell Museum is to acquire, conserve and display artifacts,
and to interpret the history of Worcester County through exhibits and programs in
order to promote the cultural heritage of the region.
The Richardson Maritime Museum makes this history come alive for visitors in the
form of exquisite models of these traditional vessels. Some were built as replicas
by local modelers, while others were crafted by the boatbuilders themselves. All
contain a wealth of minute details that will leave visitors awestruck at the craftsmen's
skill, while imparting an appreciation for the grace and beauty of these traditional
Bay boats. The Museum also offers a collection of boatbuilders' tools and watermen's
artifacts that convey an understanding of how the boats were constructed and the
history of their use. This history is not ancient. Aerial photographs in the Museum's
collection, taken in the 1930s, show Cambridge Creek bustling with bugeyes, buyboats,
skipjacks and schooners, even as steamboats tie up at the old ferry terminal at Long
The Salisbury Zoo, located in Salisbury, Maryland, was officially born in 1954 when
some animals were placed on permanent exhibition in the City Park. The zoo's present
form resulted from improvements made in the 1970's. The zoo now provides naturalistic
enclosures for species native to North, Central and South America and is Association
of Zoos & Aquariums accredited. The zoo's policy is maintained by the Salisbury Zoo
Commission, Inc. whose nine members are appointed by the City Council.
A National Historic Landmark, sail aboard the oldest working skipjack on the Chesapeake
Bay, built in 1886. Enjoy nautical tales and ecology stories from 5th-generation
and world-renown Capt. Wade H. Murphy, Jr.
The Sultana Center at Cross Street is Sultana Projects' dedicated educational space
in Chestertown. Featuring a variety of hands-on exhibits, including a brackish water
aquarium system, the center welcomes visiting school groups, tour groups, families
and the general public.
Terrapin Nature Park, Stevensville, MD
This award-winning 276-acre nature park features a 3.25-mile oyster chaff walking
trail, which meanders through wildflower meadows, wetlands, tidal ponds, woodlands
and sandy beaches. The trail provides a unique vantage point for viewing an incredible
variety of waterfowl, wildlife and plant species. A gazebo and wheelchair-accessible
boardwalk, located along the beach afford a spectacular view of the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge and park benches located along the trail provides a brief respite for the
weary. The trail, which wanders over several ridges, across marshlands and through
woodlands, features two observation blinds overlooking the tidal ponds. The trail
connects to the County's Cross Island Trail system. The park is located at 191 Log
Canoe Circle, Stevensville, MD 21666.
Tuckahoe Creek, a quiet country stream bordered for most of its length by wooded
marshlands, runs through the length of the park. A 60-acre lake offers boating and
fishing. The park offers 20 miles of scenic hiking, biking and equestrian trails,
flat water canoeing, hunting, picnicking, as well as a recycled tire playground for
children. The park offers activities and special events on a seasonal basis. Activities
include day camps, canoe trips, Scales & Tales presentations and displays, and Challenge
Course programs. Each weekend, Memorial Day through Labor Day, park staff offer a
number of free family activities.
This 147 acre park, established in September, 1972, is on Turner's Creek, an arm
of the Sassafras River, which in turn feeds into the Chesapeake Bay. Explore nature
trails, wooded areas, open fields and a waterfront bluff overlooking Turner's Creek.
The Underground Railroad Scenic Byway, established by the Maryland State Highway
Administration, highlights the life of Harriet Tubman and many historic places connected
with her. From Dorchester County and scenes of her early life, you can follow the
trail north through Caroline County, where many Maryland free blacks and white abolitionists
supported the cause of freedom.
The most comprehensive collection of wildfowl carving in the world invites you to
explore this unique, indigenous North American art form from antique working decoys
to internationally acclaimed contemporary sculpture and painting.
The concept for the Waterman's Museum began in 1990, when a committee of representatives
from the Rock Hall community and Haven Harbour Marina decided that the watermen needed
their own unique center of recorded history. Today the museum includes exhibits on
oystering, crabbing, and fishing. A reproduction of a shanty house is on display,
along with historical photographs, local carvings, and of course, boats.
Wye Grist Mill, Wye Mills, MD
The Wye Grist Mill was constructed in 1682 at the headwaters of the Wye East River.
Today it is the oldest working mill in Maryland. The community of Wye Mills was established
around the mill, reflecting a time when the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers - not roads
- were the main transportation routes. The mill ground flour for local plantation
owners and farmers, but the bulk of products were shipped along the Wye River and
Chesapeake Bay to the cities of Baltimore and Philadelphia, and ultimately to Europe.
During the American Revolution, the mill shipped flour up the Bay to General George
Washington's Continental Army warehouses near the Elk River. For more information
about Wye Grist Mill call (410) 827-6909.
Wye Island NRMA is located in the tidal recesses of the Chesapeake Bay between the
Wye River and the Wye East River. Of Wye Island's 2,800 acres, 2,450 are managed
by the Department of Natural Resources Maryland Park Service for agricultural and
resource management. A major emphasis at Wye Island is to provide suitable habitat
for wintering waterfowl populations and other native wildlife. A primary resource
management objective at Wye Island is the stabilization of the 30 miles of ever-eroding
shoreline. These efforts are accomplished through a partnership between DNR and numerous
environmental advocacy groups, such as the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the USDA-RC&D
Council. Service learning opportunities abound at Wye Island.