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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.

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Dear Kent Island Heritage Society member(s),

Our Annual Election of Officers and Board Members Brunch will be held this Sunday, December 9, 2018 at Fisherman's Inn from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. (see attachments). In years past we sent a separate invitation to all our members, however, this year the invitation was included in the Fall 2018 Newsletter. Some of you, like ourselves, were expecting a separate invitation and may have overlooked the invitation included with the Fall 2018 Newsletter. If you are interested in attending (and have not sent your reservation yet) please call Toni Gibson at 410-643-6483 by Wednesday so we can have an accurate head count. Monies can still be accepted until Saturday.

Thank you for being a member of the Kent Island Heritage Society and we look forward to seeing you this Sunday.


Robert Lowe
Vice President

P.S. Please spread the word as our email list is incomplete and some of our members rely on regular mail.


The Kent Island Heritage Society will have a display about the role of the railroad on Kent Island at the Museum of Eastern Shore Life Festival of Trains.  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.

Date/Time Information:
Saturday & Sunday, December 1st & 2nd
Saturday & Sunday, December 8th & 9th
12:00 - 5:00pm Each Day

SANTA visits on Sundays, Dec. 2nd & 9th 1:00pm to 3:00pm

At the Kent Narrows Outlet Center
61 Piney Narrows Road
Chester, MD 21619
Admission is FREE (Donations are welcome)
Complimentary Refreshments
For more information:  Phone 443-758-4468


Fall Picnic

Beautiful Gardens maintained by the Kent Island Garden Club

Kirwan House and Museum

Finishing touches are being applied to the interior and exterior of the Kirwan House and Museum to prepare for the 2019 House and Garden Tour in May of 2019!  Linda Collier, curator, is overseeing the projects which include new wallpaper upstairs, a new bedroom suite, and window treatments.  Look for a new improved Kirwan House and surrounding grounds in the spring when we resume our First Saturdays open 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.


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!


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).


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!

Cemetery Committee Volunteers Needed

Do you have an interest in the cemeteries on Kent Island (both public and private)? Can you 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 more 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.

Join the Kent island Heritage Society!


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