Dogwood Harbor at Tilghman Island

Dogwood Harbor at Tilghman Island

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.

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Image Credit: Michael Land / National Park Service

Hours

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 official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

There is a $20 annual ramp fee to launch /load a vessel from a boat trailer. All other parking is free. Handicapped parking accessible.

Activities

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.

  • Hours: Sun thru Friday (11am to 1pm, 5pm to 7pm), Saturdays (11am to 1pm, 1pm to 3pm, 3pm to 5pm, 5pm to 7pm)
  • Info: 410-829-3976, 410-886-2176

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.

  • Hours: 10:00-3:00pm Saturday and Sunday. April to December 
  • Fees: none, donations welcome. 

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.

  • Hours: 9:00-5:00pm Thursday-Monday, April to October
  • Fees: none, donations welcome. 

Facilities

Boat launch, boat slips (permitted by county to watermen), parking.

Accessibility

Parking areas are accessible to all users.

Pets

Pets are allowed on a leash. All waste must be cleaned / removed by owner.

Weather

Last updated: March 17, 2017
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