Museums of Kent County, MD Driving Tour – May 6, 2017

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A self driving tour of the 12  museums in Kent County, MD, will be held on Saturday, May 6 from 10 am to 4 pm. Appealing to all ages and interests, they exhibit the culture, lifestyles and history of this Eastern Shore county.  Knowledgeable guides, some special events, and free admission await visitors.  Brochures and maps available at Visitors Center, Kent Library, Sumner Hall and The Bordley Building  in Chestertown.



Sumner Hall    Now beautifully restored, one of only two African-American Civil War veterans’ halls still standing, it is the venue for many community events. There are Historical exhibits of its days as Post #25 Grand Army of the Republic. The Smithsonian’s “The Way We Worked” traveling Exhibit will be open through  May 19th206 S. Queen Street, Chestertown, MD 21620  


Rock Hall Marine Restoration & Heritage Center   Kent County’s newest museum, located at the Historic Clam House on Rock Hall’s Harbor.  The Center will be holding their Spring Open House on May 6th from 11am to 4pm.  Along with a “Steamboats on the Chesapeake and Chester River” display, Log Canoes and Bateau, there is the newly constructed Goldy Vansant’s Garvey, which will be raffled off on Waterman’s Day. They will kick-off their next project, a fundraiser and boat build – a Harry White 20′ Bateau. Raffle Tickets will be available.  21083 Chesapeake Avenue, Rock Hall, MD 21661

Massey Aero Museum   A living airport-museum reminiscent of rural airports of bygone eras. Vintage aircraft, artifacts and touch and feel exhibits. A restoration shop operates most days. Expect to see some fly-ins.  33541 Maryland Line Rd,  Massey Md  21650

Kent County Museum   A collection of farming equipment representing the rural heritage of agriculture and domestic life.  Charley’s House c. 1840, the last surviving dwelling of a small black community, is located here.            Kennedyville, MD 21645

Knock’s Folly   This 1796 Federal style brick home houses exhibits which highlight the history of farming, the native American Tockwogh tribe and the visit of Captain John Smith during his voyage on the Chesapeake Bay. Kennedyville, MD 21645

Betterton Heritage Museum   The Betterton Heritage Museum will be open from 12:00 – 3:00 on Saturday, May 6.  The Betterton Fishing Ark will be open for tours and Speed Joiner decoys will be on display. The volunteers for that day will be talking about how in the early days, fishing and hunting were the Ways many people in Betterton Worked.  100 Main St. Betterton, MD 21610     


Bordley History Center   Headquarters for the Historical Society of Kent County. Historic exhibits titled Made in Kent County and Women in the Workforce will be on display, partnering with “The Way We Worked” event.        Chestertown, MD 21620

Cliffs School Museum   This one room school of seven grades and one teacher, served the families of rural southern Kent County from 1878-1939. Furnishings, books and artifacts of the era are there. Blackboards have daily lessons. It is one of two one-room schools in its original configuration and location in the County.   Open 10am to 4pm.  Rt. 289  South, Quaker Neck Rd  8.5 miles from Chestertown toward Cliffs City                                                                                   

Rock Hall Museum   Hand crafted boat and ship models, decoy carving shop replica, seafood processing, boat oystering rig, ice buoy and more in this complete display representing the marine culture of Rock Hall.  Town Building, Rock Hall Md 21661

 Waterman’s Museum    On display are artifacts and a fishing shanty from the early days of oystering, crabbing and fishing. Photographic documentation of past and present watermen.  Next to Haven Harbour Marina.   Rock Hall Avenue, Rock Hall, MD 2161

Tolchester Beach Revisited   A museum presenting and preserving the history of this amusement park, open from 1877 to 1962. Displays of pictures, artifacts and memorabilia of the most popular resort along the Chesapeake Bay.    Oyster Court off Sharp & Main Street, Rock Hall MD 21661

African-American Schoolhouse  Artifacts of the lives of one of Kent County’s African-American communities are displayed in this one room school built in 1890. Still in its original location on St. James Newtown Rd, Rt. 297 extended, north of Worton, MD 21678   Open 10am to 4pm.

Learn about the history and heritage of the county while enjoying the peaceful surroundings of farms and lovely views of the Chester and Sassafras Rivers on your journey through the charming County of Kent.  You’ll want to come back often.

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