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Cambridge in Dorchester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Landscape and Lifestyle Defined by Water

Of English Origin ...

 
 
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By Craig Swain, June 14, 2008
1. A Landscape and Lifestyle Defined by Water Marker
Inscription. A Landscape and Lifestyle Defined by Water
Dorchester County consists of 688 square miles of which approximately 1/3 is water. The extensive waterways and marshland have played a significant role in the development of the county. Only 20 miles of its 333 mile border is land. With 1,700 miles of shoreline, Dorchester County has more shoreline than any county in Maryland.

Of English Origin...
In 1669, Dorchester County was named for Sir Edward Sackville, fourth Earl of Dorset, England. The county seat is named after Cambridge, England. Like the Island Nation of Great Britain, Dorchester County is surrounded by water from which the people have drawn their livelihood. Several nearby towns are also named for European cities such as Easton, Oxford, Vienna, and Salisbury.

Native Americans and then three centuries of settlers have plied these waters for oysters, crabs, and many varieties of fish found in the Chesapeake Bay. Watermen and farmers have harvested the area's rich natural resources, since the Indian Tribes such as the Nanticoke and the Choptank were the stewards of the land. Here is the setting James Mitchener chose for his epic Chesapeake.
 
Location. 38° 34.289′ N, 76° 3.823′ W. Marker is in Cambridge, Maryland
The "Sail" at the Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 14, 2008
2. The "Sail" at the Visitor Center
, in Dorchester County. Marker is at the intersection of Rose Hill Place and Radiance Drive, on the right when traveling north on Rose Hill Place. Touch for map. Marker at the Dorchester County Visitor Center in Sailwinds Park, which can be seen when entering Cambridge from the Choptank River bridge (US 50). Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Rose Hill Place, Cambridge MD 21613, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Choptank River's Natural History (a few steps from this marker); Choptank River Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Living off the Land (within shouting distance of this marker); Exploring Dorchester's Fragile Beauty (within shouting distance of this marker); Maryland's Eastern Shore (within shouting distance of this marker); Cambridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Discover: Dorchester (within shouting distance of this marker); Enjoy Our Park (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cambridge.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 911 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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