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.

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

Kent Island Day is Coming!

Kent Island Day is celebrated the third Saturday of May each year.  Come visit Historic Stevensville, watch the parade, enjoy the musical entertainment, food, and beverages, children's activities, watch artisans create old and new items, visit our Historic Sites in Stevensville and the Kirwan House Museum and General Store in nearby Chester, see historic exhibits, visit our new Kent Island Heritage Center and Research Library, and check out all the great exhibits from artisans, book authors, non-profits, and more! Learn More

KENT ISLAND HERITAGE SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP

The Kent Island Heritage Society is offering a $1000 one-year scholarship to a graduating senior from Kent Island High School who plans to attend college. TO BE ELIGIBLE THE APPLICANT MUST: Have a 3.0 GPA or higher, and Have performed community service.

Please submit for review: The application form, a letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor accompanied by your high school transcript, and a one page essay on the importance of preserving the heritage of Kent Island (the first paragraph of which should contain a brief biographical sketch.)

DEADLINE April 1st!

Download the 2024 KIHS Scholarship form.

Annual Holiday Brunch

The Kent Island Heritage Society Board of Directors held their Annual Holiday Brunch Sunday, December 10, 2023 at the Cascia Vineyard Tasting Room, 1200 Thompson Creek Rd. Stevensville, MD from 1:00 to 3:30 pm.  The event was catered by Chesapeake Celebrations. The raucous affair included many local dignitaries and a menu fit for royalty.  Many words were spoken (too many say some) and holiday singing rang out conducted by the always effervescent Nancy Cook!  New friends were made and old friendships were rekindled.  We look forward to your attendance next year!

Come Visit Us This Spring!

Plan your visits to our historic sites for 2024!  We will once again open our sites on the the first Saturday of April to November from 12 noon to 4 pm.  At each site you will learn about its importance in Kent Island history and other intriguing facts about the building and its past owners from one of our docents.  Please read more HERE to learn more about each site.

Another reason to visit is the grand opening of our Kent Island Heritage Center and Research Library.  We are currently renovating Schoolhouse No.2 in Historic Stevensville and tentatively plan to have it open to the public in time for the 2024 Kent Island Day.  We have some exciting and unique exhibits planned that you won't find anywhere else!  And of course we will have a research library which will house our archives currently held at the Queen Anne's County Library on Kent Island.  Please read the accompanying article and check back here for updates on our progress!

 

Another Close Call for the Kirwan House, Museum, and General Store.

The Kent Island Heritage Society made the right call when they cancelled the annual picnic at the Kirwan House Sunday September 24.  High winds and rain caused tree damage near the dairy.  However, no buildings were damaged but the grounds were left soggy and wet: not conducive to the day's planned events.  There are still two First Saturdays where you can visit our historic sites, including the Kirwan House, Museum, and General Store!

This Beautiful PRS Guitar Could Be Yours!

Do you play guitar, always wanted to learn, or just appreciate a well-made guitar? Stay tuned and learn how this guitar can be yours!  Thanks to PRS Guitars (Stevensville, Kent Island, MD) for donating this beautiful guitar to the Kent Island Heritage Society.  Now it can be yours!  Watch this page for updates!

 

Shaping a Landscape: The Archaeology and History of People in the Chesapeake.

President Jack Broderick and guest speaker Dr. John Seidel.

Sponsored by the Kent Island Heritage Society and hosted by Friends of Historic Christ Church.  If you missed this excellent lecture about the interaction of people, their culture, and the environment and how it has shaped the Chesapeake Bay, including Kent Island, you can watch it on our YouTube channel which has many other presentations, oral histories, and short videos or you can view it HERE.

You can find out more about Dr. Seidel's work HERE.

For more information on current programs and projects at Washington College's Center for Environment and Society go HERE.

 

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 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!  We've almost completed the train depot (needs a new roof) and the Caboose is next.  You can follow the progress here! 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.

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 [email protected]

Welcome!

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 phone at 703-216-0449.  Thanks for your continued support to preserve our Kent Island heritage and culture!