Watermen’s Heritage Tourism Training Program


Watermen learn to pass down traditional skills and stories through tourism.

The goal of the Watermen Heritage Tourism Training Program was to provide Maryland watermen, who as a group have lost income because of the decline in shellfish and finfish populations, with the knowledge, skills, abilities, and connections to participate in or develop heritage and geo-tourism businesses associated with Maryland’s history and working waterfront culture. Collaborating with several other maritime related organizations, Coastal Heritage Alliance was responsible

for creating the training curriculum and implementing the instruction throughout Maryland’s remote watermen communities. Over the past two years, CHA has offered workshops in Dames Quarter, Neavitt, Galesville, Solomon’s Island, and Rock Hall, Maryland. During that period, over one hundred commercial fishing family members were trained as authentic tour guides regarding their traditions and way of life. Click here to download a PDF detailing the completed program.

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WHTTP in Galesville, Maryland

WHTTP in Rock Hall, Maryland