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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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Genealogy and Local History Library

These maps come from the Lake, Griffing & Stevenson atlas of Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties, 1877. The thumbnails take you to larger maps which you can examine.  Our library also holds many other maps from various periods, available for research here.

Printed copies of these maps, on ivory 8-1/2″ by 11″ paper, are available. Several maps are available at 8-1/2″ by 14″ and some actual-size, approx. 20″ by 27″ depending on the map. Society members receive a discount. Check our Gift Shop to see the maps which we have in stock.  Copies of many of our maps may also be purchased at Finishing Touch, finishingtouchshop.com in Chestertown, for which we receive a commission on the sale.

Kent County

Still Pond 1876

Still Pond 1876

Chestertown Area

Chestertown Area

Sassafras 1876

Sassafras 1876

Galena 1876

Galena 1876

Rock Hall II

Rock Hall II

Georgetown 1876

Georgetown 1876

Chesterville 1876

Chesterville 1876

Chestertown Waterfront

Chestertown Waterfront

Rock Hall 1876

Rock Hall 1876

Kennedyville 1876

Kennedyville 1876

Millington 1876

Millington 1876

Howell Point & Betterton

Howell Point & Betterton

Massey's 1876

Massey's 1876

Eastern Neck Island

Eastern Neck Island

Betterton, Lloyds and Turners Creek

Betterton, Lloyds and Turners Creek

Piney Neck

Piney Neck

Upper Sassafras River

Upper Sassafras River

Shrewsbury Neck

Shrewsbury Neck

Queen Anne's County

Crumpton is the site of Callister's Ferry across the Chester River. This was the ferry crossing upriver from Chestertown. Crumpton is locally notorious for its auction sales every Wednesday.

Crumpton

Crumpton

Sudlersville

Sudlersville

Church Hill

Church Hill

Centreville

Centreville

Kent Island 1795

Kent Island 1795

Kent Island 1877

Kent Island 1877

Delmarva Region

These interesting Delmarva regional maps are in our files. The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal maps are from a stock prospectus ca. 1828 while the Wilmington map is a copy of a 1736 map which dates from 1845.

Eastern Shore and the Chesapeake Bay, 1795

Eastern Shore and the Chesapeake Bay, 1795

C&D Canal 1828 - Route

C&D Canal 1828 - Route

C&D Canal 1828 - Profile

C&D Canal 1828 - Profile

Wilmington, Delaware 1736

Wilmington, Delaware 1736