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Whether you're interested in Bay history, ecology, biology or economics there are Gateways that meet your special interest. Gateways focus on everything from "Military and Naval History" to "African Americans and the Bay". You can choose one of our theme based tours or choose a Gateway using our search form based on your special interest.

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Each month, the Network highlights some of its sites that offer you a unique look at life on the Chesapeake. Our current feature is:

Explore Your Chesapeake Exploring Chesapeake Bay Trade & Travel - Discover the Chesapeake’s role in trade and travel by exploring some of the watershed’s rail routes, past and present.
Driving Tours

Take an exciting theme based tour of Gateways sites with our driving tours. The featured themes include general information about the various themes as well as driving tours complete with directions. Choose a theme below to experience your Chesapeake.

Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay - Watermen make their living harvesting the Bay’s finfish, shellfish, eels and crabs. Independent and self-employed, they own their boats and choose their catch. It’s a tough, physically demanding way of life, and it’s been going on for hundreds of years.
Waterfowl, Decoys and the Waterfowling Tradition Waterfowl, Decoys and the Waterfowling Tradition - With its vast expanses of shallow waters and wetlands, the Chesapeake Bay is a waterfowl magnet. It’s situated along the Atlantic flyway, so migrating birds often stop or winter here en route from their northern summer breeding grounds.
Boatbuilding on the Bay Boatbuilding on the Bay - From the moment humans set eyes on the Chesapeake Bay, they have built boats for harvesting seafood, transporting goods and people, and having fun. Over time, the Bay’s boatbuilders developed designs unique to the Chesapeake.
Early Discovery and Settlement of Chesapeake Bay Early Discovery and Settlement of Chesapeake Bay - One of the continuing wonders of the Chesapeake Bay is its ability to let us step back in time. Yes, cities and people press from all sides. There are places where the strip malls and highways of the contemporary world literally bury the past.
Search by Theme
Select one or more themes below and a region, then click on Find A Gateway to get a list of Gateways. For a more inclusive search, try our Advanced Search.
Themes:
African Americans & the Bay
Agriculture & Plantations
Architecture & Historic Districts
Bay Geology
Environmental Stewardship
European / Colonial Settlement
Military and Naval History
Native Americans
Ship and Boat Building
Trade and Transportation
Watermen / Crabs / Oysters / Fishing
Wetlands / Estuary Ecology
Wildlife / Waterfowl
 
Select a Region: (Regional Map)
Maryland's Western Shore
Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and the York River
The Eastern Shore
The Mouth of the Bay, Hampton Roads and the James River
The Potomac River
The Susquehanna River and Northern Bay


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