There is a rich and diverse history associated with Dorchester County. Native Americans called this area home long before explorers or traders from England and Spain explored these shores. Settlers from England began to claim lands in the mid 1600's under land grants from Lord Baltimore and by 1669 Dorchester County was recognized as a County. The County was named for the Earl of Dorset, a family friend of the Calverts (the family name of Lord Baltimore). Dorchester County is called "The Heart of the Eastern Shore" because its mid-shore location and geographic configuration is heart-shaped. Throughout history, renowned individuals have called Dorchester County home: Patty Cannon, a ruthless slave trader; Harriet Tubman, the "Moses of her people" who helped over 300 slaves find freedom through the Underground Railroad during the Civil War; and Annie Oakley, famed sharpshooter.
Dorchester County is located on Maryland's scenic Eastern Shore. With more than 1,700 miles of shoreline, nearly 600 square miles of land, and 70 square miles of water, Dorchester County is a wonderful place to live, work, play, and do business. Dorchester County is rooted in its seafood industries and agriculture with the Choptank River and Chesapeake Bay having bountiful seafood and the rich soil of farm lands which provides productive harvests.
The County is in close proximity to metropolitan D.C. and Baltimore, and is ideally situated on the central Atlantic seaboard, which allows easy accessibility to 22% of the U.S. population residing in the New York to Richmond mega-market. One-day delivery time is possible to destinations as far north as New England and as far south as Florida. – See more at: http://choosedorchester.org/
The school system of Dorchester County is diverse in culture and boosts proud community schools. With over 4,000 students the county has 12 school buildings with over 700 employees to foster the educational experiences of our counties children. Dorchester County has two high schools, two middle schools, a pre-kindergarten-8 grade school, six elementary schools, a four year old learning center and a career and technology center. The challenge is to make sure that the students are career and college ready after completing their education as well as having a place to work and an ability to enjoy a superior quality of life.
Links of interest:
- Annual report of all Maryland school systems
- Dorchester County
- Dorchester County Economic Development Department
The Board of Education of Dorchester County does not discriminate in admissions, access, treatment, or employment in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, sex, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation or other basis prohibited by law. Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request. The information in this announcement is available in alternative formats upon request. Concerns regarding the above are directed to C. Dwayne Abt, Assistant Superintendent for Administration, Dorchester County Public Schools, 700 Glasgow Street, Cambridge, Maryland, 21613, or by phone at 410-228-4747, extension 1015.