Patapsco Valley Heritage Area. Photo by AAIC Visual Perceptions
Maryland’s heritage areas are places to experience – to see, hear and even taste – the
authentic heritage of Maryland in ways that you cannot experience anywhere else. Heritage
areas exist where the stories of the people, the land, and the waters of Maryland—which have
been intertwined for thousands of years—are told. In heritage areas individuals, businesses,
nonprofits and governments form partnerships to preserve the best of Maryland's historic sites and
towns, unspoiled natural landscapes and enduring traditions. These tangible links to both place and
the past encourage residents to recognize they have a special piece of the American story
to treasure and share with others, and that in doing so they create more livable and
economically sustainable communities.
The Maryland Heritage Areas Program is governed by the
Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) and
administered by the Maryland Historical Trust. MHAA provides targeted financial and technical
assistance within thirteen locally designated heritage areas, each of which has a distinct
focus or theme that represents a unique aspect of Maryland’s character. Local partners operating
within Heritage Areas may be eligible for a variety of benefits designed to support economic
development through heritage tourism, including grants, tax credits and loans. Together, MHAA,
the heritage areas and local partners support the economic well-being of Maryland's communities
by promoting, sustaining and creating place-based experiences for visitors and residents alike.
Maryland’s Heritage Areas
The Maryland System of Heritage Areas
For information about the Maryland Heritage Areas Program, contact Andrew
Arvizu at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (410) 697-9514.