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The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network has something for everyone - from special parks and museums to historic communities, land and water trails. Each month, the Network highlights some of its sites that offer you a unique look at life on the Chesapeake. These thematic lists can help you explore the Network and experience your Chesapeake.

Exploring Chesapeake Bay Trade & Travel

Explore Your ChesapeakeFor hundreds of years, the Chesapeake has served as a major transportation route—for both traders and travelers. Come visit the following Gateways to learn about the Chesapeake’s maritime history and discover how the Bay has helped shape the nation’s economy and commerce vitality from colonial times to the 21st century.

Calvert Marine Museum - Solomons, MD
Learn about the history of boating and fishing, as well as the transformations that took place to keep the boating industry thriving on the Chesapeake Bay. You also can hear about ancient animals that once inhabited the Chesapeake and observe their evolution.

The Mariners' Museum - Newport News, VA
One of the largest, oldest and most comprehensive maritime history museums in the world, The Mariners’ Museum houses a treasure trove of more than 35,000 items from and inspired by human experiences with the sea. The Mariners’ Museum is located in Newport News, Virginia, near the tidal portion of the James River, a major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

Richardson Maritime Museum - Cambridge, MD
Discover the wooden boatbuilding heritage of Dorchester County and the surrounding region, as you tour this museum and engage the ship models, tools and artifacts.

Watermen's Museum - Yorktown, VA
At the Waterman’s Museum, you will hear the story of Virginia’s working watermen and the workboats that they used. You also will learn about the boat shop where volunteers work to restore old boats.


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