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Dorchester County Celebrates Heritage, History in 350th Anniversary

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Dorchester County is celebrating 350 years and this weekend a number of events that will explore its rich heritage and history.

The celebrations kick off Sunday along Cambridge's Historic High Street, but events throughout the county have already been popping up, including a new exhibit featuring 17th and 18th century artifacts.

Heart of the Chesapeake Country Heritage Manager Julie Gilberto-Brady says the artifacts come from different regions of the county and are currently being borrowed from Maryland's Archeological Conservation Laboratory.

Among the collection: brass thimbles and knuckles, arrowheads, and even a so-called "witch bottle."

Gilberto-Brady says the artifacts will be on display in the Dorchester Visitor's Center for the next five years or more.

"Every time we turn around somebody else is coming forward with a new idea or sharing a new aspect of our history that we did not know about," Gilberto-Brady said. "We're learning something everyday and we hope that people will come out and they'll be just as excited as we are to see just how deep our historic and or heritage is."

But there's also history yet to be discovered. A time capsule dating back 50 years ago will be opened during this weekend's event.

"I have no idea what's inside of it. I'm sure some people might remember what's packed and have some inkling of what's inside but we really don't know," Amanda Fenstermaker, Dorchester Director of Tourism, said. "It's kind of cool."

The 350th anniversary celebrations kicks off on Sunday - perfect for the family. A full list of events can be found here.


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