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

Another Successful Kent Island Day thanks to all involved!


Kent Island Day was held May 20, 2023 from 10 am to 4 pm.  The parade was awesome, the streets were crowded, vendors busy, activities were provided for young and old alike, the musical entertainment was outstanding, the food and drink was great, historic sites were open with docents, history and heritage was alive in the Cray House Green, and most of all the visitors were the best.  Although we have no way to give an exact number of people at this year's event we estimate ~2000.  Together with the vendors, exhibitors, non-profits, entertainers, and staff Historic Stevensville was the place to be!  The weather started out cool and damp but by time the opening Ceremonies and Parade began the weather improved by the minute.  Special thanks to Stacy Bernstein, Event Administrative Coordinator without whom we could not have provided this great event and to Cliff Lowe, III for once again filling and smoothing out the many potholes in the vendor areas to make it safe for everyone.  Once again we had a safe, family friendly event due to the assistance of the SHA, MSP, and QAC's Sheriff Department! And last but not least thanks to our many volunteers who gave up many hours ,and in some cases days, to help plan, carryout, and ensure a successful event!  Thank you, thank you!  See you in 2024 on the third Saturday of May!

You can see a full listing of this year's participants, activities, and patrons on the Kent Island Day 2023 link!

Thanks to the Following 2023 Sponsors

Kent Island American Legion #278

Queenstown Bank

Queenstown Landing

Paul Reed Smith (PRS) Guitars

Bay Point Wealth

The Case of the Missing William Claiborne Forts on Kent Island

On Tuesday March 21, 2023 Dr. Matthew McKnight, Chief Archaeologist at the Maryland Historic Trust, travelled to Kent Island, Maryland to speak about the probable locations for William Claiborne’s fortifications.  Like the infamous Oak Island Treasure tantalizing clues have been found but the exact locations are yet to be found.  It will take a partnership between property owners, archaeologists, and the Kent Island Heritage Society to hopefully make new  discoveries.  New technology is available for minimal and non-invasive exploration.  More information about archaeology can be found at the Maryland Historical Trust HERE

Train Station and Caboose are Getting a Makeover!

President Jack Broderick with Geoffrey and Ashley MacLeay of the Macleay Family Endowment. The foundation donated $10,000 to help renovate the train station! Thank you! Without the support of the community it would be impossible to adequately maintain our historic buildings and provide all that we offer!President Jack Broderick with Geoffrey and Ashley MacLeay of the Macleay Family Endowment. The foundation donated $10,000 to help renovate the train station! Thank you! Without the support of the community it would be impossible to adequately maintain our historic buildings!

Follow our progress HERE.

We have a sweet deal for you!

2023 is going to be an exciting year for the Kent Island Heritage Society.  We have already hosted several groups of visitors at the Kirwan House and at our historic buildings in downtown Historic Stevensville.  Plans are underway for this year's Kent Island Day to be held Saturday May 20.  We also are planning a great presentation for the community on March 21.  We are in the process of getting all of the historic sites ready for visitors in the Spring.  And last but not least we are thinking ahead to the September 24 Annual Old Fashioned Picnic.  Check back for updates on these events and more!

Volunteers Needed!

We need you!

The Kent Island Heritage Society is in need of volunteers, members and nonmembers alike!  We are always searching for likeminded individuals interested in supporting our mission to discover, identify, restore, and preserve the history and heritage of Maryland’s Kent Island.

Opportunities exist to

  • help maintain historic sites
  • docent historic sites on First Saturdays
  • help with Kent Island Day
  • lend your unique talents to our organization
    • legal
    • financial
    • planning and organizational skills
    • marketing
    • social media
    • graphics and web design
    • decision makers
    • history and genealogical research
    • technology
    • art and entertainment
    • news and grant writing
    • teaching

To read about our exciting opportunities to volunteer your time towards a worthy cause READ HERE or email interests or questions to


KIHS WAS PLEASED TO HOST THE 9TH GRADE BASKETBALL TEAM FROM ST. GEORGE’S TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL IN MIDDLETON, DELAWARE IN JANUARY. The team was here to play the Kent Island High School team and its coach George White wanted the team to visit a historic museum or site during the trip. Linda Collier and John Conley gave a tour of the country store, Kirwan House, and grounds. The students and their parents and coaches found materials in the store of real interest and asked many questions. We later learned the coach was requiring players to write an essay about the visit. KIHS welcomes the opportunity to share history with students, teachers, parents, and coaches!

Historic Stevensville Bank has a New Owner

New owner of the historic Stevensville Bank, Bill Hufnell cuts the ribbon for the location of Bay Point Wealth, 409 Love Point Road, in downtown Stevensville. From left, Chris Hufnell, Bill Hufnell, Kent Island Heritage Society officer John Conley (dressed as the late Senator James Kirwan), KI Rotary Club Membership Chair Brad Lundberg, KI Heritage Society President Jack Broderick (in colonial attire), and Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce President Linda Friday. Hufnell is offering his financial planning services inside the former bank and maintaining the building as a historic site.

Bay Point Wealth ribbon cutting

Amazon Smile Discontinued!

If you are one of the many individuals that chose the Kent Island Heritage Society to donate to through the Amazon Smile program we thank you!  Your donations help to sustain our programs and maintain our historic buildings.  Unfortunately Amazon did not feel that this program was beneficial to their overall mission and have discontinued it.  You can still donate to us on our Donations Page If you are interested in donating items of historical significance or want to contribute funding for a special project please contact us by email or 703-216-0449.  Thanks for your support!