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

Latest News!


COVID-19 Update: September 18, 2020


Kent Island Heritage Society docents.


For the protection of our visitors and docents, Stevensville and Chester historic sites will remain closed until mandated by the Governor of Maryland. Special programs and events have been postponed until it is deemed safe.

Please visit us virtually and explore what we have to offer online.  When we are able to open our sites safely notification will be available on our website; and our Twitter and Facebook accounts which you can access at the top of this page.

Stay healthy and we hope to see you soon!

Kirwan House Beautification

The Kirwan House general store roof was recently renovated.  Look at how beautiful the house looks: ready for some visitors as soon as Covid-19 is under control!Kirwan House General Store Kirwan House Porch Kirwan House 2020


Scholarship Winner

This year the $1000 scholarship was awarded to Steve Kougoures who plans to attend Pennsylvania College of Technology to pursue a degree in welding and metal fabrication engineering.  You can read his essay that he submitted as part of the scholarship application in our latest newsletter on page 9 here.



Steve Kougoures

Steve Kougoures



2020 Scholarship Winner

Historic Bank for Sale

Historic Stevensville Bank

The historic Stevensville Bank is up for sale!  There was no bank on Kent Island before 1900. With limited resources and a concerted effort a corporation was formed in 1903. The name of the corporation was “The Stevensville Saving Bank of Queen Anne’s Country.” Later in 1912 the name was changed to “The Stevensville Bank of Maryland.” The president of the new corporation was Charles B. Downs. Original bank-directors included: Charles Percy Kemp, Milton Hysore Price, Issac Grollman, B. Harrison Bright, William E. Denny, Sr. Hugh A. Legg, and John Fletcher Ruth.

Find out more here.


Bees on Kent Island

Video that accompanies Summer 2020 newsletter article on Bees.



A Little Wildflower Nursery
Chesapeake Light Tackle
Harris Marine Financing
Kentmorr Marina Properties, LLC
Lundberg Builders
Queenstown Bank of Maryland
Rosendale Realty
Interesting in supporting our efforts through membership or donations?  GO HERE!



Swearing in of new officers and board members

New Board Members and Officers are sworn in at the annual brunch and business meeting.


From left to right:  Seated in foreground Lynne Riley-Coleman, Treasurer; Nancy Cook, Recording Secretary; Robert Lowe, Vice President; Lynnda Kratovil, officiant; Jack Broderick, President; Carol Frederick, Corresponding Secretary; Louis Crouch, new Board Member; Linda Moore, new Board Member; Leslie Moore, new Board Member; and Kristin Green, new Board Member.  Welcome new Board Members! We look forward to your contributions as we work to promote the heritage of Kent Island.


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How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Can I use my existing account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation. AmazonSmile will occasionally contact you about donation amounts disbursed to your chosen charity or about the program.

Can I change my charity?

Yes, you can change your charity any time. Your AmazonSmile purchases after the change count towards your newly selected charity. To change your charity, sign in to on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.”

What charities can I choose from?

You can choose from over one million eligible 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations.  We hope you will select The Kent Island Heritage Society Inc.

The Kent Island Heritage Society launches Historical Presentations.

During the Covid-19 Pandemic the Kent island Heritage Society has suspended all in person presentations until further notice.  Please stay tuned for updates! The Heritage Society has various historical Kent Island presentations available for your school, local organizations, or groups.

Click the link below to read summaries of the historical presentations or download the brochure:

Historical Presentations

Please allow a month's notice and, if possible, we will provide a speaker from the Heritage Society for that interactive session.

Each presentation runs forty-five minutes to an hour.

The Society works diligently to assist our youth and mature history enthusiasts to acquire an appreciation of Kent Island's place in the history of our state and nation.

Welcome to Clio!

Do you use a mobile device (smartphone or tablet)?  Clio is your guide to the history and culture around you.  There are 31,448 historical entries from all across the country. You can now access information about the Kirwan House, General Store, and Museum on your mobile device!  We will be adding other sites in the near future and a walking tour.
Besides text and text to speech, Clio offers Google maps, Streetview, Photos, and more!  Give it a try!  It is available for Android and Apple platforms.  It's FREE!!


StevensvilleTrain Station and Caboose

Historic Stevensville Train Station and Caboose adjacent to the Cray House and Stevensville Bank.


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).

We Need Volunteers!!


The Kirwan House and Museum

The Kirwan House, headquarters for the Kent Island Heritage Society


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!




Nancy Cook displays period artifacts at the Cray House

Nancy Cook, holding a clay pipe, discusses items used by early inhabitants of Kent Island.


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