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KENT ISLAND DAY IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!

President Jack Broderick talks about all the exciting things that are happening at this year's Kent Island Day!


TOUR OF KENT NARROWS WITH PRESIDENT JACK BRODERICK.

Jack Broderick takes viewers to the various heritage sites and markers around the Kent Narrows Area. Historically, the Kent Narrows is known as a place central to facilitating trade and a key link to the region’s transportation networks. It’s a place where those whose sustenance depended upon the water worked, traveled through and raised their families. Today the region continues to directly support hundreds of water-related businesses and is rich with maritime heritage. So much has occurred in this place it is hard to condense it all into a few stories.

The interpretative signs and places you’ll discover serve as introductions for further exploration.
A system of water-based, land-based and boardwalk trails connects most points of interest. Some points may be reached by water trails and others by foot or bike. Many land-based trails are wheelchair accessible.

The interpretative markers and key stops along the way are indicated on the Waterman’s Way Heritage Trail Map. The seven-mile Cross Island Trail begins in the Kent Narrows area and links the peninsula to Kent Island. The area is also a Stop on the Star Spangled Banner Trail, a part of the American Discovery Trail and a launching spot for boaters to gain access to the Captain John Smith Trail.


History Sampler Tour of Kent Narrows with Jack Broderick from Kent Narrows Waterfront on Vimeo.


KENT ISLAND DAY 2019 FORMS

Forms for Vendor, Craft Demonstrator, Author, Food & Frozen Novelties, and Non-Profit participants for our May 18, 2019 Kent Island Day can be found here.  Space is limited.  To ensure your participation please pay attention to the deadlines.


$1000 SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE

The Kent Island Heritage Society, Inc. is pleased to award a $1000 scholarship to a Kent Island High School graduating senior who is able to meet the required criteria.  Deadline is April 30. A committee will meet and select the recipient. The scholarship will be awarded during the senior assembly in May.

Download the Application HERE (Word) or HERE (pdf)

The Society has awarded over $10,000 since 2001 and we feel privileged to be able to be a part of the financial aid that a college student might need.

Below is a list of past recipients:

2001 – Jennifer Michelle Reamy

2003 - Carla Chance

2005 - John W. Hamilton

2006 – Jackie Lynn Stowe

2007 -  Sarah Scharnus

2008 -  Erin Lynne Kelley

2009 – Danae Latrese Brown

2010 – Peter J. Molnar, III

2011  - Iris Spik

2013  - Kendal Nicole Ruth

2014 -  Rebecca Lee Molnar

2015 – Kelasia Coates

2016 – Lily Spik

2018 – Kylie DeVincentz


KIRWAN HOUSE TO BE FEATURED ON THE 2019 MARYLAND HOUSE AND GARDEN PILGRIMAGE OF QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY

Fall Picnic

Beautiful Gardens maintained by the Kent Island Garden Club

Kirwan House and Museum

The Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage has been in existence since the 1930’s and is the oldest tour in the State of Maryland. Its mission since its inception is to raise funds to preserve and restore architecturally significant properties in the State of Maryland. Therefore, the proceeds from the annual pilgrimage are used to fund historic restoration projects in each of the counties on tour each year.

Five counties are on tour each year, on a rotation basis. The tours are held in April and May. Queen Anne’s County is one of the 5 counties on tour in 2019, organized by the Queen Anne’s County Garden Club. Along with Queen Anne’s—Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Carroll County, and Charles County will participate in 2019.

 

 

Significant 17th and 18th century properties, as well as other historic venues, are on the Queen Anne’s County tour, set for May 4, 2019.

    • Stoopley-Gibson Manor House
    • Kirwan House and General Store
    • St. Peter the Apostle Church
    • The Hermitage
    • The Gunston School
    • Silk Farm
    • A 1923 Sears Roebuck Kit House
    • The historic Kennard High School

For more information and to buy tickets.

Tour descriptions and specific locations.


KI Heritage Society Instructs Students on Local History

You can read the full story here.  All photos courtesy of Doug Bishop, Kent Island Bay Times.

KI Heritage Soc at KIHS '19

Maryland Senator James E Kirwan (John Conley)

 

 

KI Heritage Soc at KIHS '19

Hunter Davidson (Jack Broderick), First Commander of the Oyster Police.

 

 

KI Heritage Soc at KIHS '19

Some of the 54 11th graders that received certificates of completion.


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.


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 Needed

Docents

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.

Parade
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.