[County Seal, Dorchester County, Maryland] Origin: The exact date and legal origin of Dorchester County are unknown, but it was in existence by February 16, 1668/69, when a writ was issued to the county sheriff by the Lord Proprietary. The County was named for Sir Edward Sackville (1590-1652), the 4th Earl of Dorset, a family friend of the Calverts.

Boundaries: Bounded north by Choptank River & Caroline County; east by Nanticoke River & Delaware; south by Tangier Sound; west by Chesapeake Bay.
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County Seat: Cambridge, MD 21613
Form of Government: Charter since December 5, 2002
Population: 1990 census: 30,236; 2000 census: 30,674; 2010 census: 32,618


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[photo, Dorchester County Courthouse, 206 High St., Cambridge, Maryland] Courthouse, 206 High St., Cambridge, Maryland, January 2007. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

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