Heritage Ride

West Wicomico Heritage Day

In partnership with the Whitehaven Heritage Association and Pemberton Hall Foundation, Wicomico County Recreation and Parks is proud to present the West Wicomico Heritage Day featuring the 21st Annual Heritage Bike Tour. Proceeds go directly towards historical preservation of Pemberton Historical Park and the Whitehaven Schoolhouse as well as numerous Environmental Education Programs offered to children and families of Wicomico County.

West Wicomico Heritage Bike Tour

For many years, riders from all over the region have enjoyed the West Wicomico Heritage Bike Tour and helped to preserve our Eastern Shore heritage. This bike tour of western Wicomico County takes riders across 300 years of Maryland history. Begin your day at Pemberton Historical Park, named for Pemberton Hall, a plantation home built in 1741 by Isaac Handy, one of the founders of the city of Salisbury. From there, explore such towns as the scenic riverfront community of Whitehaven, with the United Methodist Church (1891-1892), Whitehaven Hotel (1810) and Ferry (1685). Discover the historic communities of Hebron and Quantico too, as well as Bivalve's beautiful Cedar Hill Marina.

  • Date: Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016
  • Time: 7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Show & Go from 7-8:30 a.m.
  • Where: Begins at Pemberton Historical Park
  • Distances: 
    • 32, 50 or 62 Miles
  • Registration Fees:
    • Adults - $35 ($40 after 8/12/16)
    • Children Ages 8-18 - $20 ($25 after 8/12/16)
    • Children Ages 7 & Under Ride Free (No shirt included.)
    • Register by Aug. 26, 2016, to guarantee an event shirt.
  • Contact: Allen Swiger at 410-548-4900 x108 or aswiger@wicomicocounty.org.
  • Registration Form and Sponsorship Application
  • Register Online

Additional Bike Tour Information: Helmets are required. Choose from a 32-, 50- or 62-mile ride. Riders receive a T-shirt, map and cue sheet upon check-in. Rest areas are conveniently placed throughout your tour, complete with sports drinks, iced water and healthy snacks to fuel your journey. SAG service is available as well. End your memorable day back at Pemberton Historical Park for an outdoor picnic and music until 2:30 p.m.

Road Historians Scavenger Hunt

People may also participate in our inaugural Road Historians Scavenger Hunt. Following clues, teams of five will travel by car to historical sites to complete tasks and challenges. All ages are welcome to participate.

  • Date: Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016
  • Time: Arrive to Pemberton Historical Park from 11 a.m.-noon to pick up road map and clues
  • Where: Begins at Pemberton Historical Park 
  • Registration Fees: $5 for group of five until Sept. 2 or $10 on-site registration
  • Contact: Allen Swiger at 410-548-4900 x108 or aswiger@wicomicocounty.org.
  • Registration Form
  • Register Online

Pemberton Park Activities

The Pemberton Hall Foundation will open Pemberton Hall for tours and offer informative lectures on the plantation and trails throughout the day. Historically accurate vendors will also be on site for demonstrations and questioning. Events start at 10 a.m. and are free to the public.

  • Pemberton Hall Open House
    • Times: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
    • Pemberton Hall is an outstanding example of 18th-century Eastern Shore regional architecture. Visit this fully restored gambrel-roofed brick structure that was built by Isaac and Anne Handy in 1741.
  • History Trail Guided Tour – 45 minutes
    • Times: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m.
    • Stroll along Pemberton’s History Trail as you learn about the narrows of a tidal gut once bridged by a dam and causeway. Pass by the invisible remains of Mulberry’s Landing Wharf dating back to 1746 and documented as the oldest of its type in the country.
  • Plantation Guided Tour – 45 minutes
    • Times: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m.
    • Explore the many features outside Pemberton Hall featuring the standalone Milk House, wooden-lined well, well sweep and still-producing apple orchard. Learn the importance of the split rail fence and the other dependent structures that once were.


All riders and scavenger hunt participants will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 26” Huffy Cranbrook Cruiser Bike, shown below. Drawing will be at noon. The winner must pick up the bike when returning from the ride.






Eastern Shore hospitality is evident in the many accommodations in Wicomico County. Click here to explore our accommodations.

Event Sponsors

Avery Hall Insurance
Cooper Insurance Agency, Inc.
Farmers and Planters Co.
Dr. and Mrs. Pierre Genvert
Holloway Funeral Home
Johnson's Seed and Feed 
Salisbury Cycle  
Salisbury Elks Lodge #817
Vernon Powell Shoes
Westside Grocery & Deli
Sterling and Christina Wilson

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