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09/06/2019

David Turner, Horseplay, the History of Horses in Kent County and the Eastern Shore

September 06, 2019 5pm

DAVID TURNER competed in junior rodeo calf roping and showed jumpers as a youth in Austin, Texas. During his years at the University of Texas and the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and during his years as a Washington DC speechwriter, he competed as an amateur in Tennessee Walking Horse and American Saddlebred shows across the Southwest and the East. David was asked by the American Saddlebred Horse Association to form a Sport Horse Committee in 1996 as an outreach for Saddlebreds into the Olympic sports of dressage and eventing. Horses he has bred have won at “Dressage at Devon” and in state futurities up and down the Mid-Atlantic. He has served on the Clubs Board of Directors for the Maryland Horse Council for 15 years.

09/22/2019

Historic House Cocktail Party

September 22, 2019 3pm - 5pm

10/04/2019

Diane Daniels, The Ghosts of Chestertown and Kent County

October 04, 2019 5pm

Strange encounters and ghostly presences haunt the historic streets of Chestertown and the back country roads of Kent County. The centuries-old Kent County Courthouse may be home to the ghost of Esther Anderson, who was sentenced to burn at the stake in 1746. Strange lights float above Caulk’s Field, where fallen British marines were buried during the War of 1812. The scent of lavender accompanies the ghost of Aunt Polly at the Geddes-Piper House, while the spectral Tall Man waits for passersby on a lonely country bridge. Author Diane Saylor Daniels explores the historic events behind the ghost lore of Chestertown and Kent County. Diane Saylor Daniels served for seven years as executive director of the Kent County Historical Society. Prior to working at the society, she had been the director of the public library in her hometown, having returned to rural life following twenty years of working in nonprofit and university administration in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and New York City. Originally from the mountains of rural Somerset County, Pennsylvania, along the border of Garrett County, Maryland, she understands what it is like to truly be “from” a place and enjoyed having an “in” to the centuries of stories woven into the fabric of life in Kent County.

10/13/2019

Cruise on the River Packet with Historical Societies of Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties

October 13, 2019

11/01/2019

Donald Shomette, The Haunting Mallows Bay, Graveyard of Wooden Ships

November 01, 2019 5pm

On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson issued a national call to arms against Imperial Germany. What followed in the United States was a frenzied effort to build hundreds of merchant ships to replace those being destroyed in Germany’s campaign of unrestricted submarine warfare. The newly created U.S. Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation embarked on a course that, in the span of a few pivotal years in American history, came to exhibit mankind’s genius, ignorance, avarice, drive–and folly–for the largest portion of that fleet came to rest on the muddy floor of Mallows Bay. Donald G. Shomette recounts fascinating tales of the wonders that lie beneath the bay. An accomplished underwater archaeologist, Shomette describes the cutting-edge technology used in ship excavations, the underwater hunts for the earliest English colony in Maryland, and stories of the great fleet that now rests in eternal slumber beneath the waters of Mallows Bay.

12/06/2019

Wassail Party

December 06, 2019 5pm

Join us for our annual Wassail Party.

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09/06/2019

David Turner, Horseplay, the History of Horses in Kent County and the Eastern Shore

September 06, 2019 5pm

DAVID TURNER competed in junior rodeo calf roping and showed jumpers as a youth in Austin, Texas. During his years at the University of Texas and the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and during his years as a Washington DC speechwriter, he competed as an amateur in Tennessee Walking Horse and American Saddlebred shows across the Southwest and the East. David was asked by the American Saddlebred Horse Association to form a Sport Horse Committee in 1996 as an outreach for Saddlebreds into the Olympic sports of dressage and eventing. Horses he has bred have won at “Dressage at Devon” and in state futurities up and down the Mid-Atlantic. He has served on the Clubs Board of Directors for the Maryland Horse Council for 15 years.

09/22/2019

Historic House Cocktail Party

September 22, 2019 3pm - 5pm

10/04/2019

Diane Daniels, The Ghosts of Chestertown and Kent County

October 04, 2019 5pm

Strange encounters and ghostly presences haunt the historic streets of Chestertown and the back country roads of Kent County. The centuries-old Kent County Courthouse may be home to the ghost of Esther Anderson, who was sentenced to burn at the stake in 1746. Strange lights float above Caulk’s Field, where fallen British marines were buried during the War of 1812. The scent of lavender accompanies the ghost of Aunt Polly at the Geddes-Piper House, while the spectral Tall Man waits for passersby on a lonely country bridge. Author Diane Saylor Daniels explores the historic events behind the ghost lore of Chestertown and Kent County. Diane Saylor Daniels served for seven years as executive director of the Kent County Historical Society. Prior to working at the society, she had been the director of the public library in her hometown, having returned to rural life following twenty years of working in nonprofit and university administration in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and New York City. Originally from the mountains of rural Somerset County, Pennsylvania, along the border of Garrett County, Maryland, she understands what it is like to truly be “from” a place and enjoyed having an “in” to the centuries of stories woven into the fabric of life in Kent County.

10/13/2019

Cruise on the River Packet with Historical Societies of Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties

October 13, 2019

11/01/2019

Donald Shomette, The Haunting Mallows Bay, Graveyard of Wooden Ships

November 01, 2019 5pm

On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson issued a national call to arms against Imperial Germany. What followed in the United States was a frenzied effort to build hundreds of merchant ships to replace those being destroyed in Germany’s campaign of unrestricted submarine warfare. The newly created U.S. Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation embarked on a course that, in the span of a few pivotal years in American history, came to exhibit mankind’s genius, ignorance, avarice, drive–and folly–for the largest portion of that fleet came to rest on the muddy floor of Mallows Bay. Donald G. Shomette recounts fascinating tales of the wonders that lie beneath the bay. An accomplished underwater archaeologist, Shomette describes the cutting-edge technology used in ship excavations, the underwater hunts for the earliest English colony in Maryland, and stories of the great fleet that now rests in eternal slumber beneath the waters of Mallows Bay.

12/06/2019

Wassail Party

December 06, 2019 5pm

Join us for our annual Wassail Party.

Home Events History Research Tourism About Us Gift Shop Contact

09/06/2019

David Turner, Horseplay, the History of Horses in Kent County and the Eastern Shore

September 06, 2019 5pm

DAVID TURNER competed in junior rodeo calf roping and showed jumpers as a youth in Austin, Texas. During his years at the University of Texas and the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and during his years as a Washington DC speechwriter, he competed as an amateur in Tennessee Walking Horse and American Saddlebred shows across the Southwest and the East. David was asked by the American Saddlebred Horse Association to form a Sport Horse Committee in 1996 as an outreach for Saddlebreds into the Olympic sports of dressage and eventing. Horses he has bred have won at “Dressage at Devon” and in state futurities up and down the Mid-Atlantic. He has served on the Clubs Board of Directors for the Maryland Horse Council for 15 years.

09/22/2019

Historic House Cocktail Party

September 22, 2019 3pm - 5pm

10/04/2019

Diane Daniels, The Ghosts of Chestertown and Kent County

October 04, 2019 5pm

Strange encounters and ghostly presences haunt the historic streets of Chestertown and the back country roads of Kent County. The centuries-old Kent County Courthouse may be home to the ghost of Esther Anderson, who was sentenced to burn at the stake in 1746. Strange lights float above Caulk’s Field, where fallen British marines were buried during the War of 1812. The scent of lavender accompanies the ghost of Aunt Polly at the Geddes-Piper House, while the spectral Tall Man waits for passersby on a lonely country bridge. Author Diane Saylor Daniels explores the historic events behind the ghost lore of Chestertown and Kent County. Diane Saylor Daniels served for seven years as executive director of the Kent County Historical Society. Prior to working at the society, she had been the director of the public library in her hometown, having returned to rural life following twenty years of working in nonprofit and university administration in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and New York City. Originally from the mountains of rural Somerset County, Pennsylvania, along the border of Garrett County, Maryland, she understands what it is like to truly be “from” a place and enjoyed having an “in” to the centuries of stories woven into the fabric of life in Kent County.

10/13/2019

Cruise on the River Packet with Historical Societies of Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties

October 13, 2019

11/01/2019

Donald Shomette, The Haunting Mallows Bay, Graveyard of Wooden Ships

November 01, 2019 5pm

On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson issued a national call to arms against Imperial Germany. What followed in the United States was a frenzied effort to build hundreds of merchant ships to replace those being destroyed in Germany’s campaign of unrestricted submarine warfare. The newly created U.S. Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation embarked on a course that, in the span of a few pivotal years in American history, came to exhibit mankind’s genius, ignorance, avarice, drive–and folly–for the largest portion of that fleet came to rest on the muddy floor of Mallows Bay. Donald G. Shomette recounts fascinating tales of the wonders that lie beneath the bay. An accomplished underwater archaeologist, Shomette describes the cutting-edge technology used in ship excavations, the underwater hunts for the earliest English colony in Maryland, and stories of the great fleet that now rests in eternal slumber beneath the waters of Mallows Bay.

12/06/2019

Wassail Party

December 06, 2019 5pm

Join us for our annual Wassail Party.

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.

Learn more about The Historical Society.

HISTORIC CHESTERTOWN WALKING TOUR NOW PAPERLESS

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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Historic House Tour10/05/2019

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Membership

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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