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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4th Annual History Summit

Date: October 13, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM EDT
Location:  Holiday Inn Express-Kent Island, 1020 Kent Narrows Road Grasonville, MD 21638
Contact Information:  Mary Margaret Revell Goodwin Send an Email
Event Description:
Two topics will be discussed at this event. New information on William Claiborne and the implications and a discussion of the results of the latest grant completed on the Narrows and stories from that. County Historian Mary Margaret Revell Goodwin will be presenting the new information based on her research, and Gigi Windley of the Kent Narrows Development Foundation will present on the Narrows details.

Heritage Area Teams with Kennard Alumni to Host Bull and Oyster Roast

Experience Eastern Shore tradition at a Bull and Oyster Roast from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, October 13 at the Kennard High School Cultural Heritage Center, located at 410 Little Kidwell Avenue in Centreville

The event is sponsored by the Kennard Alumni Association and Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area. Oyster roasts and fish fries are a long-standing tradition that celebrates the bounty of the Chesapeake region.


Guests will feast on pit beef and fried oysters by Paul Gunther, and fish fried by local fry master Melvin Shorter - all while supporting programs to preserve, promote, and interpret the Eastern Shore's cultural, natural, and historic resources. Oysters on the half shell from Harris's and a local dessert bar will also be available for purchase.


Tickets cost $40 if and can be purchased online.

All proceeds benefit the programs of Stories of the Chesapeake and Kennard Alumni. For more information, call 410-827-8684, 410-778-1460, or visit

Tickets are available at

2018 FALL PICNIC - Cancelled!

Although the weather has interfered with some of our outdoor activities this year we have have been plenty busy and there is still lots to explore and learn about Kent Island heritage!  Historic sites are still open the first Saturday of October and November, our annual Brunch is December 9, and we will be visiting Kent Island schools to present unique educational experiences related to Kent Island history!  Much, much more is happening so visit our Facebook, Twitter, and website often to learn what is happening!

Making Cider

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.

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).


Kirwan House and Museum


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.

Join the Kent island Heritage Society!

Good Old Days

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