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The Kent Island Heritage Society

The Kent Island Heritage Society was founded in 1975 for the purpose of discovering, identifying, restoring and preserving the heritage of Kent Island in Maryland. It works diligently to facilitate the processes by which both its youth and mature history enthusiasts can acquire an appreciation of Kent Island's place in the history of Maryland and of our nation.

Christ Church and Rectory
Historic Stevensville Bank
Old Stevensville Post Office
Cray House

Breaking News!


Come see our Railroad of Kent Island exhibit at the Annual Festival of Trains at the Kent Narrows. Free Admission!!

Detailed Flyer

The annual Festival of Trains is on for 2019!- Operating Train Layouts in G, O, HO, TT, N and Z scales.
- Hands-on layouts for the kids!
- Historical displays.
- Complimentary refreshments.
- Silent auction and raffles!
- Santa Visits on December 8th and 15th from 1 to 3.

The Festival of Trains will be held at the Old Kent Narrows Outlet Stores.
61 Piney Narrows Road, Chester, MD 21619
Take Exit 41 from Rt 50/301 at the West end of the Kent Narrows Bridge

For more information:
Call: 410-490-3510


More Information

The Kent Island Heritage Society launches Historical Presentations.

The Heritage Society has various historical Kent Island presentations available for your school, local organizations, or groups.

Listed below are summaries of the historical presentations that might be of interest.

Please allow a month's notice and, if possible, we will provide a speaker from the Heritage Society for that interactive session.

Each presentation runs forty-five minutes to an hour.

The Society works diligently to assist our youth and mature history enthusiasts to acquire an appreciation of Kent Island's place in the history of our state and nation.

Welcome to Clio!

Do you use a mobile device (smartphone or tablet)?  Clio is your guide to the history and culture around you.  There are 31,448 historical entries from all across the country. You can now access information about the Kirwan House, General Store, and Museum on your mobile device!  We will be adding other sites in the near future and a walking tour.
Besides text and text to speech, Clio offers Google maps, Streetview, Photos, and more!  Give it a try!  It is available for Android and Apple platforms.  It's FREE!!


Kent Island Heritage Society Scholarship Recipient

The Kent Island Heritage Society is pleased to announce a $1,000 scholarship to Casey Smith!  Ms. Smith plans on attending the University of Maryland where she will major in biology to prepare for a career in the medical field.  We wish Casey continued success academically and professionally.  You can read her essay on page 6 of the latest newsletter HERE


Scholarship recipient Casey Smith with President of Heritage Society, Jack Broderick

Historic Christ Church

Great news!!  We have good news to share. Historic Christ Church will
be saved! You may recall from our last newsletter that the County Commissioners had decided to declare Historic Christ Church in Stevensville surplus property - “not needed for any public purpose” and they offered the property for sale!  They ultimately received five proposals for varying uses of the property.  The church is an iconic, historic Kent Island landmark and The Kent Island Heritage Society took a strong public position advocating that the property be owned or controlled, as a public use facility, by a local nonprofit entity with the primary purpose of historic preservation and not operated as a private business.  We are happy to say that the Commissioners made the right decision – to deed the property to the “Friends of Historic Christ Church” as we had recommended.


Historic Christ Church

Nancy Cook leads a group of Navy photojournalists on a tour of our historic sites.

We commend our Commissioners for their decision and look forward to assisting and supporting the “Friends” group to insure that the church is preserved for posterity.

Kent Island Day 2019!

Thanks to all the participants, vendors, and especially the great weather for making this years Kent Island Day a resounding success!! Read more about it HERE!


Our Historic Sites are open to the public on the 1st Saturday of every month from April through November, from 12 o'clock noon until 4:00 p.m. with Society docents staffing the sites and providing unique live guided tours appropriate for residents, children, families, students and tourists. Additional tours of the sites may be scheduled by calling 410-758-2502 (Society Board Member Nancy Cook). The Kirwan Store Museum may also be privately scheduled by calling 410-643-2731 (Society Board Member Linda Collier).

We Need Volunteers!!

Kirwan House and Museum

There are always little jobs that need doing at our historic sites. If you are so inclined and have a little free time, please contact us. Repair a window pane, water some flowers, paint a chair, rake, wash a window, feed the fish, help out with the fish pond, etc, etc., etc., One time or sometimes, your help is needed.  Contact Robert Lowe at or speak to any Kent Island Heritage Society Board Member.  We are grateful for any help you can offer!  Thanks!



Do you love History, especially Eastern Shore and Kent Island History?  Here's an opportunity to learn more about our heritage and help educate others by being a docent at one of our Historic Sites

There is no age requirement - we welcome youth and adults!

The Kent Island Heritage Society's Historic Sites are open to the public on the 1st Saturday of every month from April through November, from 12 o'clock noon until 4:00 p.m.  Society docents staff the sites and provide unique, live, guided tours appropriate for residents, children, families, students, and tourists.

For more information please contact Sally Lewis at 443-294-3203; or Nancy Cook at 410-758-2502 or go to our Docents page.


Nancy Cook at Cray House Stevensville MD

We are always interested in having individuals, both young and mature, join the Kent Island Heritage Society.   There are many benefits to being a member including the opportunity to learn more about our Kent Island Heritage and support our ongoing activities to preserve the rich history of Maryland's earliest European settlement!  Join, you'll be glad you did!  For more information go to the Membership/Donate page or contact John L. Conley at 703 216 0449 or

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