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

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Kent Island Day 2023 Registrations Are Open!

Online registration is available for Vendors, Food Vendors, Book Authors, Craft Demonstrators, and Non-Profits wishing to participate in this year's Kent Island Day to be held Saturday May 20, 2023!  Please follow this LINK to register and learn more!

Crowd at Kent Island Day

Visitors stroll down Love Point Road in the heart of the Stevensville Historic District during Kent Island Day.

As always entry to Kent Island Day is FREE!  Come enjoy a perfect day celebrating our rich culture and heritage.  Activities for families and children, musical entertainment, historic site tours, food and drink, vendors galore, craft demonstrators, book authors, artisans, and more!

If you are interested in Sponsoring Kent Island Day or volunteering your services and expertise to make Kent Island Day 2023 an awesome experience please contact Stacy Bernstein, Event Administrative Coordinator, at 443-985-5681

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

$1000 Scholarship Application Open Now!

Don't delay, applications must be postmarked by April 1 (that's no April Fools joke!). Download an application below!

Scholarship Application Word

Scholarship Application PDF

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!  You 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!