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History Happy Hour

August 02, 2019 5pm-6pm

Bill Leary, Legacy Day speaker, the history of African American churches in Kent County.


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.


Wassail Party

December 06, 2019 5pm

Join us for our annual Wassail Party.

Our new site is still under construction. Stay tuned!

Walking Tours

One of the best ways to explore almost four centuries of Kent County and Chestertown history is by taking to foot and walking in the footsteps of those who made it.

Start Walking Tours at the Bordley History Center at 301 High Street.

Spring Walking Tour

Spring has sprung!  The tour focuses on Chestertown life prior and during the Revolutionary War. Kent County was heavily involved in the war by sending support to Washington’s army and Chestertown was home to several naval heroes.

The last stop will be for tea at the White Swan Tavern, a rare surviving tavern that is said to have provided refreshment to General George Washington.

The Spring Walking Tour is offered in April and May, Tuesday-Friday.  Please see the Historical Society Hours for planning.  Call 410-778-3499 for scheduling.

Walking Tour of Historic Chestertown and Tea:  $15.00 per Person 

Tours are given for 5 people up to 15 people per tour. As always, special exceptions can be made in advance so please do not hesitate to call us!

Virtual Walking Tour

The original Architectural Guide to Chestertown was produced in 1985. The text was written by Robert J. H. Janson-La Palme. Assisting in research was Kathleen B. White. The Project Coordinator was William S. Ingersoll. The text was edited in October 2000, January 2016, and January 2018. Photos courtesy of the Historical Society of Kent County and Paul McClure.

The Historical 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.

Group Walking Tours

A visit to Kent County, Maryland is not complete without a Walking Tour of Historic Chestertown.

Schedule group tours in advance by calling 410-778-3499 or emailing director@kentcountyhistory.org.

Walking Tour of Historic Chestertown:  $15.00 per Person

Tours are given for 5 people up to 15 people per tour. As always, special exceptions can be made in advance so please do not hesitate to call us!