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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.

Latest news

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.

Current Membership Levels

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!

WBOC Chopper 16 video

 


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

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!


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

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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?

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 rclowesr@yahoo.com or speak to any Kent Island Heritage Society Board Member.  We are grateful for any help you can offer!  Thanks!


Docents NeededDocents

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; sally.lewis@live.com 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 concomm@atlanticbb.net.