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Dogwood Harbor brings to life tradition, heritage and the work ethics of Chesapeake Bay watermen. It's a place where the day's harvest can be viewed by visitors. It's a place where visitors can communicate with multi-generation watermen and learn about the Bay aboard an authentic skipjack, its history and comparisons of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Park opens at 4 a.m. and closes at 11 p.m. daily on a year-round basis.
(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)
There is a $20 annual ramp fee to launch /load a vessel from a boat trailer. All other parking is free. Handicapped parking accessible.
Skipjack Rebecca T. Ruark Sailing Tours: REBECCA is one of 17 newly designated National Historic Landmarks, and is the oldest working skipjack of a vanishing fleet that is declared one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Sail with 5-th generation Tilghman Island skipper Capt. Wade Murphy, Jr., for a hands-on sailing experience while hearing stories of Chesapeake ecology, maritime history, nautical anecdotes, and even dredge for oysters. Departs Dogwood Harbor.
Tilghman Watermen's Museumpresents photos, artifacts, and information about the history of Tilghman's Island, the accomplishments of its watermen and boat-builders, and its role in the story of the Chesapeake Bay.
Philips Warf Environmental Center gives guests an opportunity to learn about Bay animals by seeing live specimens—some in touch tanks—and discussing their life cycles and needs. Hands-on learning for visitors of all ages, but especially young people.