“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Chester in Queen Anne's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Byway Destinations

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By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
1. Byway Destinations Marker

The Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries weave the tapestry that is Chesapeake Country.

Agriculture and pristine natural resource areas accentuate our rural character.

Historic buildings, churches, and landscapes are evidence of our rich colonial history.

In 1608, Captain John Smith explored the Sassafras River and was welcomed by the tribal chief of a palisaded Native American village called Tockwogh, located just a few miles from present-day Galena. Formerly known as Georgetown Cross Roads, Galena today is a quaint crossroads community. Considered the “Antiques Capital” of Kent County, it’s known for its attractive, dogwood-lined streets and scrumptious community dinners.

The crossroads community of Cecilton is nestled in a diverse farming region, where much of the land has been placed in agricultural preserves, ensuring its future rural character. Visitors can view fields of grain, horse farms, nurseries and greenhouse operations along the byway. The occasional horse and buggy on the road and Amish farmers working the land with horse-drawn plows hark back to earlier times.

Chesapeake City
Step back in time and visit to Historic Chesapeake City, where a wonderful collection of distinct 19th century historic

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By Don Morfe, January 31, 2015
2. Byway Destinations Marker
homes and shops overlook the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. Antiques, collectibles, clothing, and crafts are among its shopping delights. Visitors also enjoy Chesapeake City’s many art galleries, summer concerts, and boat tours on the canal, and tours of nearby horse country.

Local Places of Interest
Ferry Point Park
This 40-acre park is named for the ferry boats that once traversed these waters, and features interpretive walking trails and access to marshland via 530 feet of boardwalk. Located just a few hundred feet from where you stand, Ferry Point Park is located on a peninsula bordered by Kent Narrows, the Chester River, and Piney Creek.
The Cross Island Trail
this 6-mile paved trail spans Kent Island from west to east, from Terrapin Nature Park to Kent Narrows. Access for pedestrians, runners and cyclists.
The Maryland Waterman’ Monument
This bronze sculpture honors one of the state’s oldest professions, that of the fishermen who made their living hauling in the daily catch from the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Located in Kent Narrows.
Wells Cove
This state-of-the-art marina provides easy access to many restaurants, lodging choices and other activities.
The Waterman’ Heritage Boat Basin
This historic boat basin was recently restored, and is used by both commercial watermen and recreational boaters.
The Kent Narrows Public Landing and Ramp
This 1-acre landing features a pair of 34-foot boat launching ramps. Parking and portable toilets available April through October. Pets not allowed. Daily fee or annual Public Landings Permit required. Located on Little Creek Road.
The Waterman’s Memorial Bridge
Also known as the Old Kent Narrow Drawbridge, this bridge is part of the Maryland Route 18 and provides access for both pedestrians and auts. It once served as the main bridge for US 50.
Erected by Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway.
Location. 38° 58.482′ N, 76° 14.955′ W. Marker is in Chester, Maryland, in Queen Anne's County. Marker is on Piney Narrows Road. Touch for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Chesapeake Heritage Center. Marker is in this post office area: Chester MD 21619, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Byway Destinations (here, next to this marker); Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway (here, next to this marker); Maryland's Eastern Shore (a few steps from this marker); Enemy Occupation (within shouting distance of this marker); Crossing the Narrows (within shouting distance of this marker); Crossing Point (approx. half a mile away); Working the Waters (approx. half a mile away); Island in the Marsh: a hummock (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels

Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 14, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 237 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 14, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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