The Emerson E. Harrington Bridge, now the old fishing pier next to our site, marked an economic boom for Cambridge in the 1930s, becoming the first constant direct link northward to Annapolis and Baltimore.
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.
With much rejoice from the Cambridge Community, the Cambridge-Maryland Hospital first opened its doors on November 17, 1904. It sat on the shores of the Choptank River adjacent to the Rose Hill community, where our site sits today.
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.
Deep within the bowels of the National Museum of American History, in a hermetically sealed container, lie Federal Reserve notes from the 1800s and early 1900s. Why are we talking about this?
The Ababco, a subtribe of the Algonquin people, were the original indigenous natives of Cambridge. King Ababco and his people lived in the area extending from Algonquin to Whitehall, at the time referred to as King Ababco’s Town.
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.