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2019 Kent Island Heritage Society Scholarship Recipient

The Kent Island Heritage Society is pleased to announce a $1,000 scholarship to Casey Smith!  Ms. Smith plans on attending the University of Maryland where she will major in biology to prepare for a career in the medical field.  We wish Casey continued success academically and professionally.  You can read her essay on page 6 of the latest newsletter HERE


Scholarship recipient Casey Smith with President of Heritage Society, Jack Broderick

Come see our Railroad of Kent Island exhibit at the Annual Festival of Trains at the Kent Narrows. Free Admission!!

The annual Festival of Trains is on for 2019!- Operating Train Layouts in G, O, HO, TT, N and Z scales.
- Hands-on layouts for the kids!
- Historical displays.
- Complimentary refreshments.
- Silent auction and raffles!
- Santa Visits on December 8th and 15th from 1 to 3. 

The Festival of Trains will be held at the Old Kent Narrows Outlet Stores.
61 Piney Narrows Road, Chester, MD 21619
Take Exit 41 from Rt 50/301 at the West end of the Kent Narrows Bridge

For more information:
Call: 410-490-3510



Annual Picnic Cancelled!

Regrettably we have had to cancel this year's picnic scheduled for Sunday September 22.  An unprecedented infestation by deer ticks at the Kirwan House grounds has necessitated this action.  Although we considered several options of pest control we have decided that the health and welfare of both our members and the environment are of paramount importance.

We are currently exploring a long-term solution to avoid this type of problem in the future and one that does not place our guests and environment at risk.  Please accept our sincerest apologies.




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Cruise Cancelled!

We are sorry to announce that we have to change our June 19 Cruise plans due to the weather.

The bad weather pattern is expected to continue all week. The weather
forecast for Wednesday afternoon / evening, June 19, is now at 70% chance of rain and thunderstorms!
– Too chancy to risk our planned evening Cruise on the Chester River..

Therefore, in coordination with the Captain, we’ve agreed to postpone or
cancel the Cruise. We’ll either postpone to a later date this season or
cancel for this year. We’ll post our decision as soon as it is available.

We appreciate the support of all who planned to go on the Cruise and are
personally notifying all who have RSVP’d.

Meanwhile we hope you have a great summer, in spite of the weather!!








Christ Church placed on sale by the County Commissioners!

Read more here!  Read Resolution 08-23 establishing the Friends of Christ Church Board of Directors here. View the WBOC Interview Here!


President Jack Broderick talks about all the exciting things that are happening at this year's Kent Island Day!


Jack Broderick takes viewers to the various heritage sites and markers around the Kent Narrows Area. Historically, the Kent Narrows is known as a place central to facilitating trade and a key link to the region’s transportation networks. It’s a place where those whose sustenance depended upon the water worked, traveled through and raised their families. Today the region continues to directly support hundreds of water-related businesses and is rich with maritime heritage. So much has occurred in this place it is hard to condense it all into a few stories.

The interpretative signs and places you’ll discover serve as introductions for further exploration.
A system of water-based, land-based and boardwalk trails connects most points of interest. Some points may be reached by water trails and others by foot or bike. Many land-based trails are wheelchair accessible.

The interpretative markers and key stops along the way are indicated on the Waterman’s Way Heritage Trail Map. The seven-mile Cross Island Trail begins in the Kent Narrows area and links the peninsula to Kent Island. The area is also a Stop on the Star Spangled Banner Trail, a part of the American Discovery Trail and a launching spot for boaters to gain access to the Captain John Smith Trail.

History Sampler Tour of Kent Narrows with Jack Broderick from Kent Narrows Waterfront on Vimeo.


Forms for Vendor, Craft Demonstrator, Author, Food & Frozen Novelties, and Non-Profit participants for our May 18, 2019 Kent Island Day can be found here.  Space is limited.  To ensure your participation please pay attention to the deadlines.


The Kent Island Heritage Society, Inc. is pleased to award a $1000 scholarship to a Kent Island High School graduating senior who is able to meet the required criteria.  Deadline is April 30. A committee will meet and select the recipient. The scholarship will be awarded during the senior assembly in May.

Download the Application HERE (Word) or HERE (pdf)

The Society has awarded over $10,000 since 2001 and we feel privileged to be able to be a part of the financial aid that a college student might need.

Below is a list of past recipients:

2001 – Jennifer Michelle Reamy

2003 - Carla Chance

2005 - John W. Hamilton

2006 – Jackie Lynn Stowe

2007 -  Sarah Scharnus

2008 -  Erin Lynne Kelley

2009 – Danae Latrese Brown

2010 – Peter J. Molnar, III

2011  - Iris Spik

2013  - Kendal Nicole Ruth

2014 -  Rebecca Lee Molnar

2015 – Kelasia Coates

2016 – Lily Spik

2018 – Kylie DeVincentz


Fall Picnic

Beautiful Gardens maintained by the Kent Island Garden Club

Kirwan House and Museum

The Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage has been in existence since the 1930’s and is the oldest tour in the State of Maryland. Its mission since its inception is to raise funds to preserve and restore architecturally significant properties in the State of Maryland. Therefore, the proceeds from the annual pilgrimage are used to fund historic restoration projects in each of the counties on tour each year.

Five counties are on tour each year, on a rotation basis. The tours are held in April and May. Queen Anne’s County is one of the 5 counties on tour in 2019, organized by the Queen Anne’s County Garden Club. Along with Queen Anne’s—Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Carroll County, and Charles County will participate in 2019.



Significant 17th and 18th century properties, as well as other historic venues, are on the Queen Anne’s County tour, set for May 4, 2019.

    • Stoopley-Gibson Manor House
    • Kirwan House and General Store
    • St. Peter the Apostle Church
    • The Hermitage
    • The Gunston School
    • Silk Farm
    • A 1923 Sears Roebuck Kit House
    • The historic Kennard High School

For more information and to buy tickets.

Tour descriptions and specific locations.

KI Heritage Society Instructs Students on Local History

You can read the full story here.  All photos courtesy of Doug Bishop, Kent Island Bay Times.

KI Heritage Soc at KIHS '19

Maryland Senator James E Kirwan (John Conley)



KI Heritage Soc at KIHS '19

Hunter Davidson (Jack Broderick), First Commander of the Oyster Police.



KI Heritage Soc at KIHS '19

Some of the 54 11th graders that received certificates of completion.


To help the local business community show its support for the preservation and sharing of Kent Island’s special history, the Kent Island Heritage Society (KIHS) has established a new Business Membership category.  In addition to enhancing the KIHS education efforts, business members will receive a membership sign and KIHS materials to display in their places of business as well as recognition as a KIHS Supporter in the Society’s quarterly newsletters and on the KIHS website.  The new Business Membership fee is $50. KIHS uses local businesses whenever possible and recently joined the Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce.  Businesses can register on the KIHS website or send payment to KIHS P.O Box 321, Stevensville MD 21666.  For more information call John Conley at 443/249-5185.

Current Membership Levels

Individual Life Membership $250.00
Business Membership $50.00
Non Profit Membership $40.00
Family Membership $25.00
Single Membership $15.00

KIHS is a private 501©(3) nonprofit organization and dues are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.



WBOC Chopper 16 video



The Kent Island Heritage Society had a display about the role of the railroad on Kent Island at the Museum of Eastern Shore Life Festival of Trains held recently.  There were four stations on Kent Island:  Love Point, Stevensville, Chester and Kent Narrows. We maintain a historic station in Stevensville.  Many thanks to the Queen Anne’s Railroad Society for providing us space at this popular event and to John Conley for creating the display.


Thirty-six Navy sailor photojournalists from the DOD Communication Course at Ft. Meade while performing community service for the Kent Island Federation of the Arts (rehabbing the KIFA "Art House")  toured our Historic Stevensville sites to help get oriented to Kent Island.  Most, if not all, of the young men and women had never crossed the Bay Bridge.  Tours were provided on August 18 and August 25.  We anticipate additional tours in the future and other potential community service "possibilities" with the Navy



Beginning this September, we embarked on an exciting new project that promises to help stimulate interest in our heritage and history far into the future.  Developed and lead by Mark Lidinsky, board member and local author, and a supporting cast of board members 50 freshmen and sophomore students are being presented with a five-part series on Kent Island History:  students were also given a tour of our historic sites.  In addition, as part of their teacher work day, Kent Island High School teachers and administrators were also given tours of the historic sites.  Many thanks to Mark Lidinsky for coordinating the program together with Kent Island High School Principal, John Schrecongost!



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).



Archeologist Dr. Darrin Lowery talks with locals about historic artifacts from Kent Island during the 2017 Kent Island Day celebration.


Noted archaeologist, Dr. Darrin Lowery, shared his experience, insight, and some of his artifacts at his presentation entitled “Kent Island’s Archaeological Treasures and What They Tell Us” recently on Wednesday, March 20, at 7:00 p.m. at the Historic Christ Church in Stevensville.  The presentation was well attended filling the church to capacity.  Dr. Lowery will be in attendance at the 2019 Kent Island Day Saturday May 18 so bring your artifacts or look at his displays!

More information HERE.


On Thursday January 17, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 20% of each meal purchase at the Kent Island IHOP (300 Abruzzi Dr, Chester, MD 21619) was donated to the Kent Island Heritage Society!

Thanks for helping us continue our efforts to discover, identify, restore, and preserve the heritage of Kent Island for future generations.

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4th Annual History Summit

Date: October 13, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM EDT
Location:  Holiday Inn Express-Kent Island, 1020 Kent Narrows Road Grasonville, MD 21638
Contact Information:  Mary Margaret Revell Goodwin Send an Email
Event Description:
Two topics will be discussed at this event. New information on William Claiborne and the implications and a discussion of the results of the latest grant completed on the Narrows and stories from that. County Historian Mary Margaret Revell Goodwin will be presenting the new information based on her research, and Gigi Windley of the Kent Narrows Development Foundation will present on the Narrows details.

Heritage Area Teams with Kennard Alumni to Host Bull and Oyster Roast

Experience Eastern Shore tradition at a Bull and Oyster Roast from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, October 13 at the Kennard High School Cultural Heritage Center, located at 410 Little Kidwell Avenue in Centreville

The event is sponsored by the Kennard Alumni Association and Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area. Oyster roasts and fish fries are a long-standing tradition that celebrates the bounty of the Chesapeake region.

Guests will feast on pit beef and fried oysters by Paul Gunther, and fish fried by local fry master Melvin Shorter - all while supporting programs to preserve, promote, and interpret the Eastern Shore's cultural, natural, and historic resources. Oysters on the half shell from Harris's and a local dessert bar will also be available for purchase.

Tickets cost $40 if and can be purchased online.

All proceeds benefit the programs of Stories of the Chesapeake and Kennard Alumni. For more information, call 410-827-8684, 410-778-1460, or visit

Tickets are available at

2018 FALL PICNIC - Cancelled!

Although the weather has interfered with some of our outdoor activities this year we have have been plenty busy and there is still lots to explore and learn about Kent Island heritage!  Historic sites are still open the first Saturday of October and November, our annual Brunch is December 9, and we will be visiting Kent Island schools to present unique educational experiences related to Kent Island history!  Much, much more is happening so visit our Facebook, Twitter, and website often to learn what is happening!


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Each year the Kent Island Heritage Society (KIHS) hosts a Fall Picnic for Members and guests at the historic Kirwan Farm! Our Old Fashioned Picnic is free to Members and their guests.The Society provides fried chicken, hot dogs, iced tea, lemonade, games, entertainment and coffee. Bring your lawn chair, a covered dish to share and join us for hay rides, corn hole, genealogists, children's games, music, a 50/50 raffle, demonstrations and displays.

Journey Through Maryland History: History Quest through Queen Anne’s County

What a great idea this couple (Diane and Jeff Caslow) had to learn the history of our land and people!

Diane and Jeff Caslow

Jeff Caslow with our very own Linda Collier, curator of the Kirwan House!

Bay Bridge: past, present, future | Spotlight |


Bay Bridge


Select this LINK to read the Spotlight article covering our March 2018 Bay Bridge meeting held at the Historic Christ Church in Stevensville, MD.

2018 Kent Island Heritage Society Scholarship

Congratulations to Kylie DeVincentz, graduating senior at Kent Island High School ! She will be attending the University of Calgary in the Fall! We wish Kylie the best in her academic studies and her future endeavors!

Each year the Kent Island Heritage Society awards a $1000 scholarship to a graduating senior of Kent Island High School who plans on attending college.  The scholarship is competitive and is judged on the following criteria:

  • a second-generation Kent Island native, at least one parent born on Kent Island
  • GPA of 3.0 or better
  • community service
  • letter of recommendation from your guidance counselor
  • high school transcript
  • a one page essay on the importance of preserving the heritage of Kent Island including a one paragraph biographical sketch

Deadline is April 30 of the year the scholarship is awarded.

For more information regarding the 2019 scholarship please contact Nancy Cook, 124 Bryce Road Queenstown, MD 21658 410-758-2505.

Annual Kent Island Heritage Society Members Chester River Dinner Cruise Aboard the "Chester River Packet".

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Dockside - QA heritage and Visitor Center

425 Piney Narrows Road

Kent Narrows, Chester

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

5:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.

RSVP - June 16, 2018 - Seating Limited

Note:  "A great time was had by all"!


Kent Island Day 2018 may have been cancelled due to rain but our spirit is not dampened!


We are looking forward to other events this year for members and guests such as the Chester River Packet cruise and the Fall Picnic at the Kirwan House and Museum.  We will continue to provide special tours of our historic properties for interested groups; fun and informative educational sessions to schools and civic groups; and First Saturdays (first Saturday of the month) docent-lead open houses of our historic properties in Historic Downtown Stevensville and the Kirwan House/General Store/Museum in nearby Chester.
We thank our community for their understanding and for their continuing
support of Kent Island Day.  Please check our website, Facebook, and Twitter regularly for updates and don't forget we house a large collection of Kent Island history and genealogy materials at the Kent Island Library.
See you soon!

2018 Kent Island Day Cancelled!

Due to several days of rain we had to cancel the 2018 Kent Island Day.  Unfortunately no rain date is available.  However, we are already planing for Kent Island Day 2019!!  Check our website for updates and events; follow us on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook; and, of course, consider becoming a member or benefactor of our great organization!

The Bay Bridge - Past - Present - and Future

Sunset on the Bay Bridge

Thanks to all that attended the presentation on Wednesday March 28, 2018!  Get ready for Kent Island Day and visit us First Saturdays at our historic sites!


Manns Woodward Studio formally presented the most popular plan (~12,220 sq ft) to the County Commissioners Tuesday, February 13, 2018.  The total cost of the project is estimated to be between 6-8 million dollars.  Support for the much needed expansion is not in question but how to pay for it.  Please let your Commissioner know we need the expansion and the inclusion of our Local History Room!  Watch the presentation here starting at the 144:20 mark.

NEW!!!  Library Expansion FAQs!  Don't forget to support our Kent Island Heritage Society History Room in the new plans!



Board member, Linda Collier, was recently inducted into the prestigious Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame 2017.  Those of you that have had the pleasure to meet or work with Linda find her youthful enthusiasm and energy contagious!  We are truly blessed to have her as a member of our board.  She is currently the curator of the Kirwan House and Museum.  You can read more about the James E. Kirwan House under the Historic Sites tab and The Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame here.


The Historic Christ Church Rectory (ca.1840 -1855) has a new curator! Please check back to learn about future renovations and activities.