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.
INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF PANCAKES -IHOP FUNDRAISER
On Thursday January 17, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 20% of each meal purchase at the Kent Island IHOP (300 Abruzzi Dr, Chester, MD 21619) will be donated to the Kent Island Heritage Society!
Bring your appetite and donate to us! Help us continue our efforts to discover, identify, restore, and preserve the heritage of Kent Island for future generations.
KENT ISLAND HERITAGE SOCIETY ESTABLISHES BUSINESS MEMBERSHIP
To help the local business community show its support for the preservation and sharing of Kent Island’s special history, the Kent Island Heritage Society (KIHS) has established a new Business Membership category. In addition to enhancing the KIHS education efforts, business members will receive a membership sign and KIHS materials to display in their places of business as well as recognition as a KIHS Supporter in the Society’s quarterly newsletters and on the KIHS website. The new Business Membership fee is $50. KIHS uses local businesses whenever possible and recently joined the Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce. Businesses can register on the KIHS website kentislandheritagesociety.org or send payment to KIHS P.O Box 321, Stevensville MD 21666. For more information call John Conley at 443/249-5185.
Individual Life Membership $250.00
Business Membership $50.00
Non Profit Membership $40.00
Family Membership $25.00
Single Membership $15.00
KIHS is a private 501©(3) nonprofit organization and dues are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
KIRWAN HOUSE RECEIVES A SURPRISE VISIT!
THE RAILROAD ON KENT ISLAND
The Kent Island Heritage Society had a display about the role of the railroad on Kent Island at the Museum of Eastern Shore Life Festival of Trains held recently. There were four stations on Kent Island: Love Point, Stevensville, Chester and Kent Narrows. We maintain a historic station in Stevensville. Many thanks to the Queen Anne’s Railroad Society for providing us space at this popular event and to John Conley for creating the display.
KIRWAN HOUSE TO BE FEATURED ON THE 2019 HOUSE AND GARDEN TOUR OF QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY
The Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage has been in existence since the 1930’s and is the oldest tour in the State of Maryland. Its mission since its inception is to raise funds to preserve and restore architecturally significant properties in the State of Maryland. Therefore, the proceeds from the annual pilgrimage are used to fund historic restoration projects in each of the counties on tour each year.
Five counties are on tour each year, on a rotation basis. The tours are held in April and May. Queen Anne’s County is one of the 5 counties on tour in 2019, organized by the Queen Anne’s County Garden Club. Along with Queen Anne’s—Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Carroll County, and Charles County will participate in 2019.
Significant 17th and 18th century properties, as well as other historic venues, are on the Queen Anne’s County tour, set for May 4, 2019.
- Stoopley-Gibson Manor House
- The Hermitage
- Kirwan House and General Store
- St. Peter the Apostle Church
- Silk Farm
- The Gunston School
- A 1923 Sears Roebuck Kit House
- The historic Kennard High School
For more information and to buy tickets:
US NAVY PERSONNEL TOUR SITES
Thirty-six Navy sailor photojournalists from the DOD Communication Course at Ft. Meade while performing community service for the Kent Island Federation of the Arts (rehabbing the KIFA "Art House") toured our Historic Stevensville sites to help get oriented to Kent Island. Most, if not all, of the young men and women had never crossed the Bay Bridge. Tours were provided on August 18 and August 25. We anticipate additional tours in the future and other potential community service "possibilities" with the Navy
BRINGING KENT ISLAND HISTORY TO KENT ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL
Beginning this September, we embarked on an exciting new project that promises to help stimulate interest in our heritage and history far into the future. Developed and lead by Mark Lidinsky, board member and local author, and a supporting cast of board members 50 freshmen and sophomore students are being presented with a five-part series on Kent Island History: students were also given a tour of our historic sites. In addition, as part of their teacher work day, Kent Island High School teachers and administrators were also given tours of the historic sites. Many thanks to Mark Lidinsky for coordinating the program together with Kent Island High School Principal, John Schrecongost!
TOUR OF STEVENSVILLE AND CHESTER HISTORIC SITES
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).
DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
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 email@example.com 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; firstname.lastname@example.org or Nancy Cook at 410-758-2502 or go to our Docents page.
Join the Kent island Heritage Society!
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 email@example.com.