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County seat of Dorchester County, Cambridge is one of the oldest towns in Maryland, dating from 1684. Much of the town’s wealth was built in the canning and food processing industries, and High Street is the place for an afternoon stroll to view a variety of manor homes. Town attractions include several small museums such as the Brannock Maritime Museum (focused on oystering and fishing), and Richardson Maritime Museum (highlighting wooden boats and boatbuilding). A destination in itself, the Hyatt Chesapeake Bay is a luxury resort hotel with an 18-hole championship golf course, marina, spa, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The area ...

County seat of Dorchester County, Cambridge is one of the oldest towns in Maryland, dating from 1684. Much of the town’s wealth was built in the canning and food processing industries, and High Street is the place for an afternoon stroll to view a variety of manor homes. Town attractions include several small museums such as the Brannock Maritime Museum (focused on oystering and fishing), and Richardson Maritime Museum (highlighting wooden boats and boatbuilding). A destination in itself, the Hyatt Chesapeake Bay is a luxury resort hotel with an 18-hole championship golf course, marina, spa, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The area is a good one for antique hunting. Fishing and boating are popular recreational activities, and the Choptank River Fishing Pier gives anglers plenty of opportunity to land a big one. The state park of the same name offers a 25 acre park with walking paths and fishing piers that are the remains of an old bridge. The piers are lighted for night fishing and are open year round. South of town, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is on the fly-way for millions of waterfowl and the visitors who love to photograph them. It features 21,000 acres of marshland and is a major stopping point for wintering waterfowl traveling the Atlantic flyway, as well as American bald eagles, the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel, and the peregrine falcon. Across the water from Cambridge, the sleepy village of Oxford — once one of the busiest destinations on the Chesapeake for British trading ships during pre-Revolutionary days — offers a historic watering hole, a local museum, and the oldest privately operated ferry in the U.S. A drive around this scenic area should include a crossing on the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry. The ferry makes the trip across the Tred Avon River to Bellevue and back every 25 minutes daily except December-February.

Joanne Miller
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Joanne Miller is the author of several Moon guidebooks, including Pennsylvania Handbook, Chesapeake Bay Handbook, and Maryland/Delaware Handbook.

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