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					HISTORY     NATIVE AMERICAN       AFRICAN AMERICAN        WILDLIFE    RURAL LIFE




HERITAGE
TOURING   OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND


  We’re always happy to see you in Ocean City!



  T       This popular seaside resort, famous for its three-mile, award-
          winning boardwalk is your home base for enjoying life beside the
          Atlantic and for exploring the cultural heritage of rural Eastern
          Shore living.
            Ocean City provides your group an opportunity to sample a
          wide range of accommodations and fine dining as well as fun
          activities and entertainment. This beach town is unique in its
          proximity to rural life on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Here you can
          experience interactive museums, visit quaint small towns and see a
          magnificent variety of wildlife viewing opportunities, all within a
          90 minute drive from your home base in Ocean City!
                               From the Inlet you can        Center. This facility is a
                            see the barrier island of        multi-million dollar heritage
                            Assateague, home to the          and hands-on cultural
                            National Seashore Park           museum and will be a
                            and Assateague State Park,       regional center for learning
                            an undeveloped area of high      about the lower Eastern
                            sand dunes, salt marshes         Shore environment and early             The Museums of
                            and wild ponies.                 rural life in the area.             Worcester County offer ten
 From the Inlet you can        The National Park Service         Pocomoke City, about 30         individual experiences to
                            says of Assateague, “From        minutes from Ocean City, is         choose from including the
see the barrier island of   beach to bay, Assateague         the home of this unique             Sturgis One Room School,
  Assateague, home to       Island holds a wealth of         exhibition. “The Delmarva           the only African-American
                            habitats and natural features.   Discovery Center on the             one-room school remaining
 the National Seashore      Forests, marshes, beaches,       Pocomoke River will be a            in the county. Docents here
  Park and Assateague       shrublands, grasslands, and      living museum, a space for          offer a wealth of information
     State Park, an         dunes, can all be found          learning and discovery for          on the rural African
                            within the Seashore’s            visitors of all ages. Located on    American experience.
  undeveloped area of       boundaries.” It’s the perfect    the Pocomoke River in                   The Julia A. Purnell
  high sand dunes, salt     place to observe the many        downtown Pocomoke City, the         Museum, nicknamed “The
                            facets of nature and the         Discovery Center will focus on
    marshes and wild                                                                             Attic of Worcester County”
                            changing environment.            river ecology, the history of the   exhibits include Native
         ponies.            Assateague is also a             Pocomoke River, including           American history, historic
                            refreshingly scenic beach to     shipbuilding, trading, and          fashions and unique needle
                            contemplate and reflect on       fishing, and local Native           art by Julia Purnell. Popular
                            the world and all its            American historical culture.”       Furnace Town has regularly
                            communities, both human             Spend some time in               scheduled events that include
                            and non-human.                   Pocomoke City, Berlin or            a printshop, woodworkers
                              A new attraction south of      Snow Hill to have lunch,            shop and the other neces-
                            Ocean City is the new            see the historic homes or do        sities of a 19th century
                            Delmarva Discovery               some antique shopping.              village.
Ward Museum of                  Heritage and Birding              observation tower that is
Wildfowl Art                     Dorchester County is just a      serviced by an elevator makes
   The most comprehensive       short drive from Ocean City       this an especially visitor-
collection of wildfowl          and holds a treasure of           friendly facility for all ages.
carving in the world invites    heritage-based touring.              The county holds many
you to explore this unique,     Famous for seafood, the           paths to the past as several
indigenous North                Eastern Shore is especially       sites serve as tribute to
American art form from          known for Maryland Blue           Harriet Tubman and the
                                                                  Underground Railroad                 The county holds
                                                                  system used during the Civil
                                                                  War, including the Harriet           many paths to the
                                                                  Tubman Museum in                    past as several sites
                                                                  Cambridge.
                                                                                                       serve as tribute to
                                                                     Just east of this area is
                                                                  Vienna. Located on the
                                                                                                     Harriet Tubman and
                                                                  shores of the historic               the Underground
                                                                  Nanticoke River, this port-        Railroad system used
                                                                  of-entry town served as a
                                                                  center of commerce during          during the Civil War,
                                                                  the Revolutionary years. The       including the Harriet
                                                                  town was attacked by British
                                                                                                      Tubman Museum in
                                                                  forces and then was used by
                                                                  blockade runners during the             Cambridge.
                                                                  Civil War.
antique working decoys to       Crabs. You can tour a crab
                                                                      Today, this quiet town has
internationally acclaimed       processing plant, then enjoy a
                                                                  done a wonderful job of
contemporary sculpture and      crabcake sandwich at a great
                                                                  preserving its heritage with a
painting. Sponsors of the       restaurant or quaint
                                                                  museum that contains an
internationally known           converted store that now
                                                                  assortment of antiques,
wildfowl art competition,       serves up seafood and local
                                                                  Native American artifacts
held in Ocean City, this        ‘flavor’.
                                                                  and historic photographs.
unique facility in Salisbury,      Just south of Cambridge in     Another display features
is affiliated with Salisbury    Dorchester is the Blackwater      equipment from the
University.                     National Wildlife Refuge.         Martinek Button Factory,
   Tours can be arranged for    Blackwater was established in     last family-owned manu-
groups of all sizes and ages.   1933 as a refuge for migratory    facturer of mother of pearl
All tours are led by            waterfowl. Touted as the          buttons.
experienced docents who         “Everglades of the North” by
                                                                      Leave time for one last stop
bring the collection to life    the Philadelphia Inquirer, this
                                                                  on the way back to Ocean
with anecdotes and details      area is composed mainly of
                                                                  City for the Adkins
about the individual            rich tidal marsh. It is one of
                                                                  Historical Museum
carvings, the evolution of      the chief wintering areas for
                                                                  Complex. Located near the
decoy making into a pure        birds using the Atlantic
                                                                  Mason-Dixon Marker, Adkins
American art form, and area     Flyway. Bald eagles and
                                                                  Historical and Museum
history. A resident carver is   Delmarva fox squirrels are
                                                                  Complex offers visitors a tour
available for a short carving   just two examples of the
                                                                  of eight buildings and the
demonstration upon request.     endangered or threatened
                                                                  gravestones of a Revolutionary
                                species that can be regularly
                                                                  War patriot and his wife. The
                                spotted at Blackwater. A very
                                                                  furnished buildings include a
                                comfortable visitor center and
                                                                  village store, a town lodge, a
       Your Ocean City accommodations await your return
         along with wonderful choices for fine dining or
                      Boardwalk treats.




                                                                                                      Ocean City hotels,
                                                                                                  restaurants and attractions are
                                                                                                  happy to be a part of your coastal
                                                                                                  learning experience. Our seaside
                                                                                                  resort serves as a fabulous
                                                                                                  destination in spring and fall
                                                                                                  when group rates are especially
                                                                                                  attractive. Ocean City hospitality
                                                                                                  partners can package an
                                                                                                  experience to include
                                                                                                  accommodations, exciting meal
                                                                                                  events and entertainment to
                                                                                                  complete your trip.
                                                                                                      Contact the Group Tour &
                                                                                                  Travel Coordinator at the
                                                                                                  Convention & Visitors Bureau,
                                                                                                  the Department of Tourism for
                                                                                                  assistance, to learn more about
                                                                                                  Ocean City and to receive free
                                                                                                  planning materials. We can
                                                                                                  connect you with our hospitality
                                                                                                  partners who welcome your
                                                                                                  group business. We offer meet
                                                                                                  and greet service for your group
                                                                                                  and we are always happy to see
                                                                                                  you in Ocean City!
livery stable, a one room        American Heritage. The          safety with ropes and sheer
schoolhouse and a                Chipman Cultural Center is      strength. The beach life of
farmhouse circa 1724.            located right off Route 50.     Ocean City is shown
    Back in Salisbury, visit         End your touring with       through fashions of the past
the Delmarva Peninsula's         Ocean City’s own Life-          and unique doll houses,
first African-American           Saving Station Museum.          replicas of the notable hotels
                                                                 and attractions of Ocean         Norma Dobrowolski
school and church, built in      Here the exciting life of the                                    Group Tour and Travel Coordinator
1838, and enjoy the variety      early surfman is depicted.      City past.
                                                                                                  Convention & Visitors Bureau
of educational displays and      These forerunners of today’s                                     Department of Tourism
                                                                                                  Town of Ocean City, MD
cultural events that highlight   Coast Guard policed the                                          4001 Coastal Hwy.
the area's rich African-         shoreline pulling sailors to                                     Ocean City, MD 21842
                                                                                                  410-289-2800
                                                                                                  410-289-0058 Fax
                                                                                                  800-626-2326
                                                                                                  www.ococean.com.
                                                                                                  ndobrowolski@ococean.com

				
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