Cultural Attractions

Maryland

Caroline County

  • A. Curtis Andrew Auction – Antiques, real estate, farm equipment, construction auctions every Thursday.
  • Blades Orchard – Pick your own produce! In the fall, Blades Orchard opens for U-Pick apples and pumpkins. They also feature fresh cider, hay rides, and a hay maze throughout the fall, until Halloween.
  • Chincoteague Pony Rescue – The creation of the Chincoteague Pony Rescue was to establish a safe environment with special care for neglected, abandoned and abused Chincoteague Ponies. The Chincoteague Pony Rescue is a nonprofit organization made up of volunteers who provide quality care and treatment of the ponies through intervention, education and proper placement into forever homes.
  • Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm – Discover the wonderful world of Alpacas!   Meet the growing herd of Huacaya Alpacas, learn about the benefits of Alpaca farming and browse through their unique gift shop featuring yarn, rovings, raw fleece, finished garments, hand crafted stuffed animals, blankets, gloves and more.
  • Shore Good Heritage Farm – Take a step back in time to Shore Good Farm, a heritage farm located in Preston. Shore Good Farm highlights Caroline County’s rich agrarian history, featuring an unmatched collection of antiques and heritage artifacts from yesteryear, fresh-cut flowers, artisan carpentry including vintage outhouses and chicken coops, the plumpest blackberries on the shore, old-fashioned kettle corn and more! Jack Stieff also runs his peanut roasting operation on the farm, offering 15 varieties of his signature peanuts.

For a calendar of Caroline County’s festivals and events, click here.

Dorchester County

  • 3Sons Tours – This family-owned company offers custom tours of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, including Underground Railroad tours, black church tours, winery tours, crab feasts, and more. They are both an in-bound operator (serving groups coming here) and an out-bound operator (serving groups on Maryland’s Eastern Shore who want to travel elsewhere).
  • Cambridge Premier Cinemas – Current releases, sensory friendly showings, Encore Cinema series, and more!
  • Chesapeake Mural Trail – See one or all of the murals that are part of the growing Chesapeake Mural Trail in Dorchester County, Maryland – including the new Harriet Tubman Mural that has become a viral sensation! The murals highlight bits of Dorchester’s culture and history along the Michener Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway.
  • Chesapeake Tours and PromotionsChesapeake Tours offers a range of tours, including Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad (visit sites related to her life as a slave and as an agent on the Underground Railroad), Taste o’ the Shore (culinary delights), Experiencing the Chesapeake, Heritage Tours, the Great Outdoors, and Holiday/Festival Tours.
  • Dorchester Center for the Arts – The Center is home for artists in all media: drawing, painting (including watercolor, pastels, and oils), basketry, pottery, quilting, photography, stained glass, music, theater, literature and more. Check out Studioworks: the Center’s gift shop that  supports local artists, and selects pieces for sale through a juried process to ensure high quality.
  • Dorchester Heritage Museums and Gardens – Home of the Dorchester County Historical Society, Dorchester Heritage Museums and Gardens includes the Meredith House Family Life Center, the Goldsborough Stable, the Stronghouse and Herb Garden, the Neild Museum, the Robbins Heritage Center and the Waterfront Walk on Shoal Creek. The Museums and Gardens also leads a Heritage Tour, which provides a broad introduction to the “work and family” of Dorchester County, and a “Quest for Freedom” Tour.
  • Downtown Frame of MineCustom Picture Framing, Original Paintings, Commissioned Portraits, Giclee Prints, Giclee Printing and Photo Restoration. Family owned and operated.
  • Main Street Gallery – An avant garde multi-media art gallery in historic downtown Cambridge.
  • Michael Rosato Studio – Michael Rosato paints large scale murals, portraits, and other art works for public spaces and private residences. Also see his work along the Chesapeake Mural Trail!
  • Michelle Follett’s Textile Teachings – As the Delmarva region’s only shop dedicated to the textile weaving arts, both the serious and the curious are welcome to visit, explore and experiment. Stop by to observe textile weaving in production, or set-up (or expand) your home studio with equipment, accessories and fibers. Register for upcoming workshops or arrange a weaving session.
  • Nathan of Dorchester Skipjack – The Nathan of Dorchester was commissioned on July 4, 1994. Funded by contributions and built by volunteers, the Nathan was built to preserve the wooden boat building technology and nautical heritage of the region. Cruise on the scenic Choptank River, help raise her sails or take a turn at the helm, listen to stories of our maritime history, and watch oyster dredging demonstrations.
  • Richardson Maritime Museum – A watermen’s museum dedicated to the craftsmen and culture of the traditional Eastern Shore wooden boat building industry. There is a unique collection of boat models, including skipjacks, bugeyes, pungys, log canoes, ram and other merchant vessels.
  • Ruark Boatworks – Individuals and families can watch boatbuilders restore and build vintage wooden boats, keeping alive an important Eastern Shore tradition. The Ruark BoatWorks is a division of the Richardson Foundation. Group tours are available.
  • Vienna Heritage Museum – This museum is dedicated to the rural life and industries located in and near Vienna.

For a calendar of Dorchester County’s festivals and events, click here.

Wicomico County

  • Charles H. Chipman Cultural Center – Built in 1838, the Chipman Center is the oldest standing African-American photo courtesy of Wicomico County Tourismchurch on Delmarva. It occupies the site of a former open meadow where slaves gathered for worship. A plain one-story structure was built in 1838 for religious services and a day school. The church was identified as the African Methodist Church and informally known as the “Hill Church” or “Church on the Hill.” The building was eventually expanded, and incorporated in 1876. Eventually the property was abandoned as a church, but educators Charles and Jeanette Chipman purchased the property and deeded it to the Newtown Association. Currently, visitors can enjoy the variety of educational displays and cultural events highlighting our area’s rich African-American Heritage. Please call for hours.
  • revival @City Center SalisburyThis brand new live performance venue brings local, regional, and national acts to audiences of all kinds. “Live shows. Craft kitchen. Good times!”
  • Salisbury Art Space – Salisbury Art Space is a unique family art center focused on community, family and the revitalization of downtown Salisbury. You will find amazing workshops and classes for children, adults, couples and families- plus amazing events and gallery shows.
  • Salisbury Symphony Orchestra – The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra is an ensemble of university students, community members, and professional musicians dedicated to playing the classics – old and new – with outstanding guest artists from around the world. The enthusiastic support of Eastern Shore music lovers fosters a community of excellence centered on live symphonic performance.
  • Salisbury University Art Galleries (SUAG) – Events and exhibitions, workshops, and talks featuring local, regional, national, and international artists.
  • Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council – The Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council (SWAC) is committed to expanding arts in the region by increasing awareness of existing organizations and artists. “Arts for better living.”
  • Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art – The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art is nestled next to Schumaker Pond in Salisbury, MD. Surrounded by wildlife in the heart of the Atlantic Flyway, the Museum features the world’s largest and finest public collection of decorative and antique decoys. The Museum was named in honor of Stephen and Lemuel Ward, whose vision and artistry in carving decoys was instrumental in the transition of the decoy from a working tool to an expressive wildfowl sculpture. Check out the museum’s classes, regularly changing exhibitions, research projects, nature trail, and the Ward World Championship: the largest bird carving competition in the world.
  • Wicomico Youth & Civic Center – The Wicomico Civic Center hosts top of the line entertainment such as concerts, trade shows, conventions, sporting events, banquets, wedding receptions & other private & public events.

Delaware

Western Sussex County

  • The AFRAM Festival – A celebration of African American culture which is held the second weekend of August at the Seaford Sports Complex.
  • Evans Farms – A Bridgeville farm market that offers an incredible selection of local fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy and other locally-produced goods. Home of The Frozen Farmer, serving up fresh-from-the-field ice cream, nice cream and sorbet. Be sure to check out Evans Farms field trips, where children can feed the chickens, tour the creamery, learn about bees and local agriculture, and so much more.
  • Gallery 107 – Gallery 107 is operated by the Nanticoke River Arts Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation, practice, and enjoyment of all visual and performance art in western Sussex County, and to advance creative endeavors, educate, and engage the community in cultural experiences. Stop in at their gallery to view, or purchase, creative works by local artists! Classes and other social events are also regularly available.
  • Nanticoke Riverfest – Takes place the second weekend in July and the Nanticoke River is open for citizens to float down the river on inner tubes. This three day festival features a carnival and free concerts with live bands.
  • Seaford Christmas ParadeThe biggest Christmas Parade on the Delmarva Peninsula. It is a night time parade, on the first Saturday of December.
  • Seaford Museum – The Seaford Museum is a proud member of the Chesapeake Gateways and Watertrails Network in partnership with the National Park Service. Visiting the Seaford Museum will provide you with a delightful, unique experience journeying into the history and culture of the Nanticoke River headwaters. Featuring all fiber optic lighting and a new maritime gallery (opening the summer of 2014), this museum tells the story of the oyster shucking, shad fishing, steamboat, canning, and ship building industries at the turn of the century.
  • TS Smith & Sons – In Bridgeville, this is a seasonal produce stand famous for their u-pick apples and peaches. Wagon tours of the farm can be scheduled. TS Smith is a working farm, and you can see how your fruits and vegetables are grown.
  • The Woodland Ferry – Located west of Seaford, the ferry operates sunup to sundown, seven days a week with no fare charged; the 200-year-old cable-run ferry boat crossing the Nanticoke River, one of the last remaining ferries on the East Coast, was established circa 1793 by the Cannon family, and served as a major river crossing and trading center for travelers.
  • The Woodland Ferry Festival – A wonderful family event held the second Saturday of September each year. Games, rides, vendors, ferry rides, music and much more.