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


May 19, 2018

Mark your calendar!!!  Kent Island Day is coming.  This year's event will be the biggest and best ever.
Visit our Kent Island Day 2018 page for more information!

See you there!

Vendors, Food Services, Artisans, Non-Profits, and Authors Wanted!

The deadline for registering is April 25th!!  Secure your spot today; spaces limited!  For more information and to download a registration form visit our Kent Island Day 2018 page today!



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).

The Bay Bridge - Past - Present - and Future

Sunset on the Bay Bridge

Thanks to all that attended the presentation on Wednesday March 28, 2018!  Get ready for Kent Island Day and visit us First Saturdays at our historic sites!


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


Manns Woodward Studio formally presented the most popular plan (~12,220 sq ft) to the County Commissioners Tuesday, February 13, 2018.  The total cost of the project is estimated to be between 6-8 million dollars.  Support for the much needed expansion is not in question but how to pay for it.  Please let your Commissioner know we need the expansion and the inclusion of our Local History Room!  Watch the presentation here starting at the 144:20 mark.

NEW!!!  Library Expansion FAQs!  Don't forget to support our Kent Island Heritage Society History Room in the new plans!


Board member, Linda Collier, was recently inducted into the prestigious Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame 2017.  Those of you that have had the pleasure to meet or work with Linda find her youthful enthusiasm and energy contagious!  We are truly blessed to have her as a member of our board.  She is currently the curator of the Kirwan House and Museum.  You can read more about the James E. Kirwan House under the Historic Sites tab and The Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame here.


The Historic Christ Church Rectory (ca.1840 -1855) has a new curator! Please check back to learn about future renovations and activities.