Near and around Cambridge Harbor there are various destinations focused on preserving and honoring the legacy of Harriet Tubman. Born into the chains of slavery in Dorchester County in 1822, made her escape north in 1849. Over a dozen times Tubman risked her life to lead enslaved friends and family to freedom as a conductor of the Underground Railroad.
Cambridge’s industry grew rapidly following the Civil War. A charter was granted to the Cambridge Harbor Internal Navigation and Wharf Company to cover the costs, around $7,500, to move the riverbed with mud machines.
The Visitor Center is a landmark that will be hard to overlook as you drive across the Choptank River Bridge, its iconic 100-foot sail marks your arrival at Cambridge Harbor and the heart of the Chesapeake, Dorchester County.