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.

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

Breaking News!

We are sorry to announce that we have to change our June 19 Cruise plans due to the weather.

The bad weather pattern is expected to continue all week. The weather
forecast for Wednesday afternoon / evening, June 19, is now at 70% chance of rain and thunderstorms!
– Too chancy to risk our planned evening Cruise on the Chester River..

Therefore, in coordination with the Captain, we’ve agreed to postpone or
cancel the Cruise. We’ll either postpone to a later date this season or
cancel for this year. We’ll post our decision as soon as it is available.

We appreciate the support of all who planned to go on the Cruise and are
personally notifying all who have RSVP’d.

Meanwhile we hope you have a great summer, in spite of the weather!!








Kent Island Day 2019!

Thanks to all the participants, vendors, and especially the great weather for making this years Kent Island Day a resounding success!! Read more about it HERE!


A glasses case and glasses were recently left at our recent presentation by Dr. Darrin Lowery at the Historic Christ Church on March 20, 2019.  If you can correctly identify them or know who they belong to please contact Robert Lowe at

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!



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.


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