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The Historical Societyof Kent County

Enhancing the sense of place for residents and visitors by promoting and preserving the history of Kent County

Our 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.

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Chestertown’s walking tour of its iconic historic homes now has a paperless alternative.

“We have brought the walking tour into the 21st century,” said Society president Stephen Frohock.  “We understand that people today may be more comfortable with an online tour than a paper tour.  Plus, you can view it anytime, anywhere, and see the houses in any order.  It’s very versatile and just plain fun.”

The original Architectural Tour was commissioned by the Town of Chestertown and was written by local historian Robert J.H. Janson-LaPalme.  The Tour has been a staple for Historic Downtown Chestertown visitors since it first appeared in 1985. The Society’s online version is produced with permission of the Town.

The paper version of the Tour will continue to be available through the Kent County Office of Tourism, the Visitors Center on Cross Street, and the Bordley History Center at 301 High Street.

Please click here to enjoy the Walking Tour!

Programs & Events

Walking Tours Recurring

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2019 First FridaysRecurring

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Become a member of The Historical Society and receive:

  • Journal: The Key to Old Kent (non-members pay $5.00)
  • Unlimited use of our Genealogy and Local History Research Library
  • Discount on Genealogical Research Services
  • And more!
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