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 2024 Cancelled!

Kent Island Day Cancelled

Forecasted rain washes out 2024 Kent Island Day

We’ve had to make that tough call for Kent Island Day. Based on the terrible weather forecast for Saturday, we’ve made an executive decision to cancel KI Day to give our vendors and participants time to react. We are an outdoor event – totally dependent on the weather. Given the current weather patterns, there is little likelihood that the weather prediction will change.

“Unfortunately, it is with deep regret that the decision to cancel this Saturday's event has been made. As there is no rain date scheduled due to a number of factors, not the least of which is the weekend ramp closures on Kent Island starting on May 19th, a decision of this magnitude is not taken lightly, especially considering the amount of work that has taken place behind-the-scenes over the last few months in preparation for Kent Island Day. However, the forecast on multiple apps and models shows Saturday as being highly unfavorable for an outdoor event of this nature. Because several of our vendors require advance notice with regards to product ordering and preparation, and many of our yearly participants, particularly of the heritage and cultural nature, are unable to participate at all when it rains, we are making this announcement now with the weather information that we currently have available to us.”

We hope you will plan to visit Kent Island Day in 2025 when we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Kent Island Heritage Society!

 

Come Visit Us This Spring!

Kent Island Heritage Society docents.

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 summer/fall of 2024.  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 check back here for updates on our progress!

Train Station and Caboose Makeover!

President Jack Broderick with Geoffrey and Ashley MacLeay of the Macleay Family Endowment. The foundation donated an additional $10,000 to help renovate the train station and caboose! 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.

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 Our Latest Business Sponsors!

Chesapeake Light Tackle
Harris Marine Financing
Kent Island Learning Cooperative
Kentmoor Marina Properties (Life)
Kentmoor Restaurant
Lundberg Builders
Maryland CPR and Safety
Michael Rosendale Realty
The Grooming Place

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

Volunteers Needed!

We need you!

The Kent Island Heritage Society is in need of volunteers, members and nonmembers alike!  We are always searching for like-minded 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
    • renovations
    • maintenance

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

Donations

As a non-profit 301(c) organization we depending wholly on the generosity of individuals and the Business Community through memberships and donations (cash and in-kind).  Your contribution to our mission no matter what size helps us continue all of our great programs, events, and maintain our historic sites!  You can 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!