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Maryland's Western Shore
Photo from Maryland's Western Shore

The Chesapeake landscapes visible on this upper stretch of the Bay’s western shore make for some sharp contrasts. As the buildings of downtown Baltimore reach toward the sky, agricultural fields in southern Maryland stretch toward the horizon. As low, wooded hills roll through central Maryland, swampy wetlands spread out around the mouth of the Patuxent River.

Here, too, is the astounding maritime heritage of the Bay, on display in Annapolis, the city that ranks both as Maryland’s political capital and America’s sailing capital. Both of the western shore’s main cities, Baltimore and Annapolis, serve today as key entry-point destinations for Bay visitors and as major centers of Bay commerce, just as they have for centuries.

A great variety of Gateways can help you explore this region. State parks, wildlife refuges, and urban greenways showcase the natural environment. Among the historical attractions are traditional museums, working archeological sites, Chesapeake sailing ships, Colonial architecture, and the Baltimore fort where the events of the National Anthem unfolded.

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Skipjack Martha Lewis
Martha Lewis is a V-bottom, two sail bateau (skipjack). She is one of the few remaining working dredge boats that make up the Chesapeake Bay oyster fleet -- the last to fish commercially, under sail, in the United States of America. Built in 1955 by Bronza Parks in Wingate, MD, Martha Lewis was restored during the ...More info

Regional Events
07/24 14th Annual Summer Concert Series - D'Vibe & Conga
07/31 14th Annual Summer Concert Series - Blue Suede Bop
08/07 14th Annual Summer Concert Series - Hypnotic Panties
08/07 Annapolis Maritime Museum - Critter Hour
09/04 Annapolis Maritime Museum - Critter Hour
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