The Chesapeake region is steeped in thousands of years of history.
English explorers called the Chesapeake Bay a “new world” when they discovered Virginia in 1607, though American Indians had flourished along the Bay’s shores since the Ice Age. In the past 400 years, the Chesapeake has seen countless wars and battles, generations of watermen and ship builders -- and even a few pirates!
The Chesapeake’s rich history and culture are still alive today. And there are dozens of places where you can discover it.
See how English settlers built a colony at Jamestown Island, or dig deeper into history at an archaeological site.
Trace the paths of soldiers at Civil War battlefields and escaped slaves on the Underground Railroad.
Are you interested in the Chesapeake Bay’s unique maritime heritage? Step aboard one of the last salty skipjacks to sail the Bay’s waters, dredging for oysters. Or visit a museum to learn about the treasured traditions of boat building and decoy carving.
If history is your fancy, then there’s no better place than the Chesapeake Bay. Explore the Chesapeake’s history and heritage at the locations and events below.
A holiday spectacular celebration in the B&O Roundhouse devoted to trains of all sizes and shapes, holiday festivities, family fun and activities.Baltimore, MD
Take a one-of-a-kind trek through Winter Land aboard the Western Maryland.Cumberland, MD
Birders of all levels of expertise or experience are welcome and urged to participate in this annual Baltimore Bird Club post-migration bird census in eastern Baltimore County., DE
Survey bird activity at Fort McHenry with the Baltimore Bird Club.Baltimore, MD
Get into the holiday spirit by placing donated items under your favorite tree decorated by local areas businesses and organizations.Natural Bridge, VA
Join Audubon to explore this urban oasis in Southeast Baltimore.Baltimore, MD
Enjoy in-depth discussions of the Stradford region 1.5 million years ago followed by a guided hike on the beach.Stratford, VA
Celebrate the holiday season at George Washington's birthplace with colonial music, costumed interpreters and candlelight.Colonial Beach, VA
A FREE holiday social event paired with Drop in Art for the creative in you and a chance to have your picture taken with Santa.Salisbury, MD
Enjoy the Pocomoke Train Garden and take photos with Santa in Pocomoke City.Pocomoke City, MD
Create your own tree decorations from natural materials like pine cones and acorns.Columbia, PA
Enjoy the annual antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in festive holiday displays at St. Clement's Island Museum.Coltons Point, MD
Adults and children alike will enjoy the sights and smells of the festive creations displayed at George Washington’s Ferry Farm!Fredericksburg, VA
View a Lighthouse Digest cover exhibit, Flying Santa exhibit, a number of exhibits on children’s holiday stories and more.Piney Point, MD
Learn to identify the waterfowl that winter on the Potomac River and in the swamps and marshes of Caledon.King George, VA
Explore the Old Stone House’s new exhibits and new store!Washington, DC
Pepper can dance, play games, pose for photos and tell stories. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, MDEdgewater, MD
Join an interpreter for an adventure through the abundant fossil beds at Chippokes Plantation State Park.Surry, VA
Walk through 2 miles of spectacular lights displays with family and friends.Norfolk, VA
Annual light show along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay at Sandy Point State ParkAnnapolis, MD