“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Chestertown in Kent County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Revolution on the River

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By Devry Becker Jones, August 24, 2019
1. Revolution on the River Marker
Inscription.  The Chestertown waterfront seems quiet today, but it was a flashpoint in the American colonists' struggle for liberty.

Kent County, long loyal to England, found its ancestral ties weakening with each new generation born on American soil. Growing tensions finally exploded in 1758 during the French and Indian War, when a riverfront brawl between occupying British redcoats, visiting sailors, and local youths erupted into musket fire that left one man dead.

Tea and Mutiny
In May 1774, the brig Geddes arrived from London laden with goods from the East Indies — including tea, subject to a much-hated tax. Patriots met and vowed that any persons caught drinking the beverage would be "stigmatized as enemies to the liberties of America."

Chestertown tradition holds that the protesters marched to this waterfront and dumped the tea into the river, just as had Bostonians a few months earlier. Though it was never documented, the fabled event is reenacted every spring by local residents.

Rest Stop for Patriots
The large brick homes across the inlet from you, known as the
Revolution on the River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 24, 2019
2. Revolution on the River Marker
Hynson-Ringgold House, hosted George Washington as an overnight guest in 1773. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Patrick Henry, and other Revolutionary leaders also enjoyed local hospitality as they traveled between the Chesapeake region and Philadelphia.

The Hynson-Ringgold House, donated to Washington College in the early 20th century, now serves as the home of the College President.

Although this area saw no Revolutionary battles, local military companies marched off to enroll in General Washington's army, while other men joined the struggle on the Loyalist side. Kent County shipbuilders launched a "row galley," the Chester, to intercept British warships on the Chesapeake Bay, and several of the Continental Navy's earliest commanders were mariners from Chestertown.
Erected by Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraNotable EventsWar, US RevolutionaryWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, the Former U.S. Presidents: #03 Thomas Jefferson, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #04 James Madison series lists.
Location. 39° 12.392′ 
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N, 76° 3.811′ W. Marker is in Chestertown, Maryland, in Kent County. Marker is on High Street 0.2 miles north of Cannon Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chestertown MD 21620, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Royal Port of Entry (a few steps from this marker); Chestertown Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Chestertown Historic District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Widehall (about 300 feet away); Worrell’s Tavern (about 700 feet away); Charles Sumner Post, G.A.R. (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Leeds Barroll (approx. 0.2 miles away); Common Cause (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chestertown.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 25, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 25, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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Feb. 25, 2021