African American Heritage Walk and self-guided tour - download: Book Brochure

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First Friday

December 02, 2022 5pm - 7pm

Join the Historical Society in celebrating a Dickens of a Christmas! We will be open from 5pm to 7pm.

Our new site is still under construction. Stay tuned!

Programs and Events

Exhibits & ProgramsRecurring

The Bordley History Center regularly presents exhibits on local history in its High Street gallery window and its museum. The current exhibits feature the new, updated, and expanded African American Heritage Walk, African Americans in Chestertown, Maryland, 1700s to the Present.  Available as a summary brochure and a 34-page book, both with maps, the Heritage Walk tells the stories of some of the remarkable men and women who made their homes and businesses here and helped make Chestertown the v ...

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Special EventsRecurring

For our 86th annual meeting, we will be hosted on Sunday, June 26, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at historic Columbia Farm, owned by the Corey Family since 1852.  The house, shown here, was built in four parts:  the original story and a half dwelling about 1740, the first addition in 1815, the second addition with a center stair and flanking parlors about 1860, and the wrap-around porches after the Civil War.  This is a members-only event.  Tour the house and farm, enjoy wine and appetizers on the e ...

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Walking Tours Recurring

Pick up a brochure at the Bordley History Center, either inside or from the outdoor rack on High Street.  Follow the directions.  The Architectural Walking Tour is now also available online here at the Home tab. From time to time, we are able to assist with guided walking tours if advance arrangements are made.  Please contact to request a guided tour.  Tours can generally be organized for groups of 5 to 15 people, at a charge of $20 per person. Community, Pros ...

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First Fridays Recurring

Long a tradition in Chestertown, the Bordley History Center is usually open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the First Friday of the month from April to December.  The Society’s First Friday lecture series has been suspended since early 2020 due to Covid. If you are interested in viewing past speakers’ presentations, please visit our Facebook page at:  You do not need a Facebook page to view these videos; follow the link and click on the video portio ...

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