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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!


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.”


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.


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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Ghost Walks of Historic Chestertown


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.

Chestertown, known for its historic houses, boasting more 18th century homes in use than any Maryland community except Annapolis, has seen more than three hundred years of history, offering a stage for the lives of sea captains and merchants; Revolutionaries and Civil War soldiers; farmers and watermen; a stage so compelling that perhaps some of the players never wished to step off of it. Or so the stories go.

Our Ghost Walks share some of the odder tales of local lore, including those of murder and mayhem. From the tales of a haunt in the attic of the house where George Washington really did sleep, to the Court House Ghost that made international news a few years ago, guides will walk ticket holders through centuries of stories, told against a backdrop of local history. The ghost tales were collected from folklore – such as the eloping maiden and the blood stained rock of White House Farm; stories passed down through generations, including accounts of eerie lights in the cemetery where murderers were buried; and contemporary interviews with local residents and business owners.

We’re not here to tell you our houses are all haunted, but that many of them have some really unique, and quite often strange, stories as part of their past – and present.

Please call or submit the form below to reserve a space. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Private tours for groups may also be arranged at other times by appointment. Call 410-778-3499, or email director@kentcountyhistory.org. Tickets may also be purchased at time of tour if available.

In addition to submitting the form below to reserve your space, you can also purchase your tickets on-line to avoid delays before your tour starts by following the link below the form to purchase Ghost Walk Tour tickets. Your purchased tickets will be available at the Bordley Building the night of the tour.


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