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The Historical Societyof Kent County

The Historical Society of Kent County wishes to add its support to the recent peaceful demonstrations against incidents of racial injustice and police brutality against AfricanAmerican people.

The Society reaffirms its commitment to racial equality and reaffirms its willingness to be a part of constructive efforts to address these issues.

The history of Kent County is fraught. There were enslaved people brought here and sold. There was also a thriving free African-American community here from the early 1800’s.

These are among the stories of our county. All must be told. Our county must remember all of its past stories as we move forward in this 21st Century.

In this time of national reckoning, the Society rededicates itself to the knowledge and understanding of the shared history of our community.

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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2020 First Fridays Recurring

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2019 First Fridays- Past speaker information & videos Recurring

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The Historical Society always welcomes new members.  You do not have to live locally to join, a number of our members support us in our efforts from afar.  If you are a resident, however, we hope you will not only become a member, but join us at our events and activities, or consider volunteering.  We offer a welcoming venue for community involvement for all ages.

As a Member you will receive:

  • Unlimited use of our Genealogy and Local History Research Library
  • Discount on Genealogical Research Services
  • History Happy Hour, program & discussion, wine & cheese on First Fridays
  • Invitation to Historic House Parties & other private events (some of these events may have a charge, but are offered for members & their guests only)
  • Discount on books & items in Gift Shop

Membership dues are:

  • $25      Individual
  • $40      Household

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