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03/27/2019

Silversmiths of Kent County

March 27, 2019 1 pm

Please join us on Wednesday, March 27, for the next installment of "Learning in the Library". We will be joined by local expert Jim Smith for an enlightening talk on local silver. The talk will include information on what it meant to be a silversmith, stories of local smiths, and examples of local work will be provided. For more information please call our office at 410-778-3499. We hope to see you soon at the Bordley History Center!

04/05/2019

History Happy Hour

April 05, 2019 5pm

Please join us for our next History Happy Hour which will feature Pete Lesher. April 5, 2019 @ 5 pm, Bordley History Center. "For over 150 years, the Eastern Shore has witnessed competition among sailing log canoes, a traditional boat type developed for oyster tonging. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Chief Curator Pete Lesher explains these curious boats, discusses their racing history, and gives a sense of what it takes to sail one today in an illustrated lecture. Lesher recently collaborated with author John C. North II and artist Marc Castelli in the publication of new book, Tradition, Speed and Grace: Chesapeake Bay Sailing Log Canoes, and the illustrations accompanying his talk were collected for the book.”

10/05/2019

Historic House Tour

October 05, 2019 1 pm- 5 pm

Come spend the day in historic Chestertown! The doors to a selection of National Landmark Historic District homes will be open to you for the 48th Annual Historic House Tour. The houses are open Saturday, October 6th from 1pm to 5pm. Tickets are $25 in advance, and also available the day of for $35. All tickets are available beginning at 11am at the Bordley History Center, located across from Fountain Park at 301 High Street. Reservations for the tour are recommended. Please reserve by phone at 410.778.3499 or by clicking the event tab on our web page.

10/05/2019

Ghost Walks of Chestertown

October 05-27, 2019

Every Saturday in October tours will begin at 6:30 and run every half hour until 8:30. These times are subject to change according to demand and reservations. To learn more about our Ghost Walks please visit the event page found on our website.

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Genealogy and Local History Library

These maps come from the Lake, Griffing & Stevenson atlas of Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties, 1877. The thumbnails take you to larger maps which you can examine.  Our library also holds many other maps from various periods, available for research here.

Printed copies of these maps, on ivory 8-1/2″ by 11″ paper, are available. Several maps are available at 8-1/2″ by 14″ and some actual-size, approx. 20″ by 27″ depending on the map. Society members receive a discount. Check our Gift Shop to see the maps which we have in stock.  Copies of many of our maps may also be purchased at Finishing Touch, finishingtouchshop.com in Chestertown, for which we receive a commission on the sale.

Kent County

Still Pond 1876

Still Pond 1876

Chestertown Area

Chestertown Area

Sassafras 1876

Sassafras 1876

Galena 1876

Galena 1876

Rock Hall II

Rock Hall II

Georgetown 1876

Georgetown 1876

Chesterville 1876

Chesterville 1876

Chestertown Waterfront

Chestertown Waterfront

Rock Hall 1876

Rock Hall 1876

Kennedyville 1876

Kennedyville 1876

Millington 1876

Millington 1876

Howell Point & Betterton

Howell Point & Betterton

Massey's 1876

Massey's 1876

Eastern Neck Island

Eastern Neck Island

Betterton, Lloyds and Turners Creek

Betterton, Lloyds and Turners Creek

Piney Neck

Piney Neck

Upper Sassafras River

Upper Sassafras River

Shrewsbury Neck

Shrewsbury Neck

Queen Anne's County

Crumpton is the site of Callister's Ferry across the Chester River. This was the ferry crossing upriver from Chestertown. Crumpton is locally notorious for its auction sales every Wednesday.

Crumpton

Crumpton

Sudlersville

Sudlersville

Church Hill

Church Hill

Centreville

Centreville

Kent Island 1795

Kent Island 1795

Kent Island 1877

Kent Island 1877

Delmarva Region

These interesting Delmarva regional maps are in our files. The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal maps are from a stock prospectus ca. 1828 while the Wilmington map is a copy of a 1736 map which dates from 1845.

Eastern Shore and the Chesapeake Bay, 1795

Eastern Shore and the Chesapeake Bay, 1795

C&D Canal 1828 - Route

C&D Canal 1828 - Route

C&D Canal 1828 - Profile

C&D Canal 1828 - Profile

Wilmington, Delaware 1736

Wilmington, Delaware 1736