Museums, Sites in Cambridge, MD Keep People on the Move

By Raven Petty on April 28, 2011 at 9:22 pm EST
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Cambridge is rich in culture and attractions for residents and visitors. The city is full of museums and galleries, and offers plenty of history and local heritage making each person feel that they've stepped back in time.

Maritime Museums

There are two major maritime museums located in Cambridge: The Brannock Maritime Museum and The Richardson Maritime Museum. Brannock features collections that preserve the area's martitime heritage, while offering an expansive library to visitors. The Richardson Museum features the art of wooden boat building including originals, replicas, tools and more.

La Grange Plantation and Neild Museum

The La Grange Plantation is the home of the Meredith House, a 1760s Georgian home featuring exhibits and artifacts on seven Maryland governors associated with the county, a child's room with antique dolls and toys, and more from other time periods.

The Neild Museum houses an eclectic collection of agricultural, maritime, industrial and Native American artifacts. Located in a 18th century strong house, the museum has a wheelwright/blacksmith shop and herbal garden on site.

Art Galleries in Cambridge, Md.

There are several art galleries located in the city that draw culture enthusiasts from all over. The Dorchester Center for the Arts showcases artists of all media including: drawing, painting, pottery, photography, music and more.

Joie de Vivre Gallery offers special gifts, ranging in price, made by artists and craftsmen, many of whom live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. In downtown Cambridge, Gallery 447 is one of the area's most known art venues.

The top regional artists are showcased at the Main Street Gallery, which ranges in media and pieces with a contemporary touch. The gallery is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit venue that aims to enrich the life of the community.

Or, you can focus more attention on particular artists who have their own galleries. The Danny Doughty Gallery features the artwork of Danny Doughty, a native from the Virginia Eastern Shore. Chesapeake Photos includes works by David Harp, who has been published in magazines such as Coastal Living and The New York Times.

While taking in the Chesapeake Bay atmosphere and culture, be sure to sail on a fun trip or see a windmill in action at the following attractions:

Shipjack Nathan of Dorchester

The Nathan of Dorchester was funded and built by volunteers in order to celebrate the wooden-boat-building technology nautical heritage of the area. Participants will sail on the Choptank River, where each trip is different depending on the weather, crew and captain. Afterward, a trip to the Richardson Maritime Museum will complete the adventure.

Spocott Windmill

Spocott Windmill is the last remaining windmill of its kind in the state. The windmill grinds grain during the Spocott Windmill Day held in May. While on the property, visit the colonial tenthouse and one-room schoolhouse.

 

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