Exploring Dorchester's Fragile Beauty
The Place Between Land and Water
More than one third of Maryland’s wetlands are here in Dorchester County. These thriving marshes filter pollutants before they reach the bay, provide homes for creatures from blue crabs to herons, and shelter migrating waterfowl. As sea level rises, these wetlands and their inhabitants could disappear. To see what scientists are discovering about wetlands, visit Horn Point Laboratory, which offers seasonal public tours just a few miles from here.
Since Captain John Smith mapped some of the Chesapeake Bay’s waterways in 1612, dozens of islands have disappeared---victims of sinking land and rising water. In Dorchester, places like Hoopers Island, a centuries-old fishing village, are occasionally swamped and slowly eroding. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge loses about
A Haven for Waterfowl and Wildlife
One of the country’s best-known wetlands is Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, about 12 miles from here. The refuge’s 27,000 acres are carefully monitored and managed to provide a welcoming home for wildlife today and in the future. Located along the Atlantic Flyway, a major bird migration route, Blackwater offers excellent bird-watching opportunities. Visitors often spy bald eagles, egrets, osprey, and many types of ducks.
(Inscription under the map on the upper right)
Dorchester County has 1,700 miles of shoreline, more than any other county in Maryland. Our many waterways have shaped the culture, commerce, recreation, and a way of life here.
Erected by Maryland Heritage Area.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Environment • Horticulture & Forestry. A significant historical year for this entry is 1612.
Location. 38° 34.302′ N, 76° 3.834′ W. Marker is in Cambridge, Maryland, in Dorchester County. Marker is on Rose Hill Place. The marker is located on the back porch of the Dorchester County Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Rose Hill Place, Cambridge MD 21613, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Living off the Land (within shouting distance of this marker);
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 8, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 250 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 8, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.