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

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.

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Making Cider

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Each year the Kent Island Heritage Society (KIHS) hosts a Fall Picnic for Members and guests at the historic Kirwan Farm! Our Old Fashioned Picnic is free to Members and their guests.The Society provides fried chicken, hot dogs, iced tea, lemonade, games, entertainment and coffee. Bring your lawn chair, a covered dish to share and join us for hay rides, corn hole, genealogists, children's games, music, a 50/50 raffle, demonstrations and displays.

Members and guests have the opportunity to check out the 1890s-era house, elaborately furnished with Victorian-style artifacts from the 1890s and 1920s.

Journey Through Maryland History: History Quest through Queen Anne’s County

What a great idea this couple (Diane and Jeff Caslow) had to learn the history of our land and people!

Diane and Jeff Caslow

Jeff Caslow with our very own Linda Collier, curator of the Kirwan House!

Bay Bridge: past, present, future | Spotlight |

Bay Bridge

Select this LINK to read the Spotlight article covering our March 2018 Bay Bridge meeting held at the Historic Christ Church in Stevensville, MD.


Our Historic Sites are open to the public on the 1st Saturday of every month from April 2018 through November 2018, 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).


Some kind person weed whacked the sidewalk at Kirwan House for us. What a treat. Please identify yourself so we may thank you. You know 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!

Cemetery Committee Volunteers Needed

Do you have an interest in the cemeteries on Kent Island (both public and private)?  We are in need of someone who can volunteer 1-2 hours (there is no strict time commitment - work as little or as much as you would like) a week to assist with the identification and preservation of grave sites on Kent Island and their connection to the Island's heritage.  Much of this work has been done by others but there is still much to be done.  If you are interested or have questions please contact Robert Lowe at

Docents Needed

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.

Society Members Needed

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