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The Historical Society
of Kent County, Maryland

Mission: The Historical Society of Kent County, Maryland, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection and preservation of artifacts, documents, and information that aid in the interpretation of all aspects of Kent County's history. The Society shares this information through its research library, museum space, programs, publications and website in order to foster a knowledge and understanding of the shared heritage of the community. The Society supports and encourages the preservation of historic buildings and sites throughout Kent County. 
Hear Ye Hear Ye—News and Upcoming Events

Come join us at the Bordley History Center on Thursday, September 28, 2017 for "An Afternoon at the Picture Show." We hope you will visit the library from 1-3 PM and explore our interesting collection of photographs! This is something that you do not want to miss.
For more information call 410-778-3499

Historical Society of Kent Countys House Tour 2017

October 7, 2017- 1-5 pm.

The light falling on Chestertowns ancient grid of streets is beginning to turn golden and the leaves on the old sycamores are starting to turn crisp. The air has been cool lately and its time to think of the Historic House Tour.

The Historical Society of Kent County has planned this years tour the 47th!to bring visitors to Water Street, nearest the Chester River and home to the towns well known and finest 18th Century houses. The tour will continue up lesser known Cannon Street, passing the meadow behind the White Swan Tavern, which occupies one of Chestertowns original deep lots, stopping at Janes United Methodist Church (c. 1913), cornerstone of African American faith and presence, and the new home of the Sultana Foundation, recently installed in a converted Methodist Church and former printing plant. Then its on to South Mill Street opposite the Sultana Shipyard before ambling past the high Victorian Christ Methodist Church on the corner of Mill and High Streets. The Cannon Street walk will continue to the upper part of town where modest tradesmens homes were built alongside more modest brick structures from the late 18th Century such as the adjoining homes of John and Robert Read, the gunsmith known to have made 150 rifles to be shipped north to General Washington at his Valley Forge encampment.

This years tour will provide an opportunity to walk the streets of Chestertown, laid out in 1706 as an official Port of Entry, away from the busy commercial length of wide High Street with time to stop and appreciate both architecture and ambiance. The Historical Society is pleased to give guests a deeper look at Chestertowns history through the collection of artifacts and memorabilia carefully housed at River House and the marvelous small museum at the White Swan Tavern, which holds a carefully curated selection of some of the 75,000 artifacts located on site during the restoration of the tavern. A special surprise may be viewed at Sterling Castle (c. 1756) on Mill Street, where the owners recent accidental find is proof positive that there is always something new to appreciate in Old Chestertown!

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