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By Beverly Pfingsten, April 6, 2013
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Maryland (Kent County), Betterton — BettertonSassafras River Water Trail
The Sassafras River Water Trail From the headwaters near the Route 301 Bridge to the river's mouth between Grove Point and Howell Point, the Sassafras River Water Trail winds past forested shorelines, bucolic farms, and high sandy cliffs for . . . — Map (db m64512) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Betterton — Crew’s Landing
In 1715 Edward Crew leased Fish Hall (Fishall Pattent 1665) for 11 years at the yearly rate of one ear of corn. Crew purchased 60 of the original 225 acres for 3000 lbs. of tobacco in 1726 and the remaining 165 acres in 1728. Fish Hall later became . . . — Map (db m3051) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — A County Seat
Establishing a county government is the first step for people building a stable community and a strong trade economy. The first Kent County Courthouse was located at New Yarmouth, a 17th-century settlement abandoned when county lines were . . . — Map (db m62818) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — American MettleStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — War of 1812
When four British barges entered Worton Creek in July 1814, local militia sprang into action. They ambushed the barges and forced them out of the creek. The Americans claimed they killed about 15 of the 20 enemy soldiers without losing any of their . . . — Map (db m80623) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — American Revolution Memorial
To the patriots of Kent County who risked their lives and fortunes for freedom during the American Revolution. — Map (db m106880) WM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — American Victory
Kent County braced for the return of the British in August 1814. Enemy raiders has destroyed nearby Georgetown the previous year while terrorizing Maryland's Eastern Shore. Now they were back in an attempt to divert attention from their main . . . — Map (db m62509) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Baltimore Regional TrailA House Divided
War on the Chesapeake Bay. During the Civil War, Baltimore and its environs exemplified the divided loyalties of Maryland’s residents. The city had commercial ties to the South as well as the North, and its secessionist sympathies erupted in . . . — Map (db m62758) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Bordley Corner
Building built in 1883 by Thomas S. Bordley as a two-story men’s haberdashery. Gutted by fire in 1910. Rebuilt in 1911. Owned and operated as a men’s store by Carl and Ruth Bordley 1922-1950. Now rented by the Bordley family. — Map (db m6157) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Chestertown Historic District
Chestertown Historic District has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark under the provision of the Historic Site Act of August 21, 1935. This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the . . . — Map (db m69840) HM WM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Chestertown Memorial1706-2006
In remembrance of the people who built and nurtured Chestertown for 300 years including those who worked land and river and those in trade professions, and religious leaders who inspired the essential being and spirit of our town. From their . . . — Map (db m69844) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Chestertown, First Population Center of the United States
. . . — Map (db m62537) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Chestertown, Maryland
County seat of Kent County. Established in 1706. Situated on the most traveled highway between south and north during the revolutionary period. George Washington made eight known visits here between 1756 and 1793. Rich in Colonial History. — Map (db m3059) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Civil War MonumentChestertown Maryland
Erected by James A. Pearce June 1917 in commemoration of the patriotism and valor of a once divided but now reunited county. To the soldiers of Kent in the Confederate Army 1861-1865 Captain William I. Rasin; Macall M. Rasin; George T. . . . — Map (db m62822) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Cliffs Schoolhouse
The last remaining one-room schoolhouse in Kent County. Erected in 1878 to serve a watermen's and farming community and was so used continuously until 1939. One teacher taught seven grades and as many as 46 students. — Map (db m40195) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Common CauseStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — War of 1812
The people of Chestertown---a commercial center connected to international trade---generally opposed going to war with Great Britain. Yet when war came, most supported the American effort. Chestertown sent many distinguished fighters to . . . — Map (db m80629) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Desert Storm Memorial1990 1991
Honoring those who served from Kent & Queen Anne’s Counties. — Map (db m106885) WM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — From This Point
From this point on May 23, 1774, a group of Chestertown citizens, undisguised and in broad daylight boarded the brigantine Geddes and threw its cargo of tea into the Chester River. — Map (db m3060) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — George Vickers
George Vickers was born in Chestertown in 1801. He opposed secession in 1861. Assisted Governor Hicks to raise an Eastern Shore Regiment and attained the rank of Major General of Militia. In the trial of President Johnson, Senator Vickers voted for . . . — Map (db m3049) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — George Washington
Original benefactor 1782. Member, Visitors and Governors, 1784–1789. — Map (db m3055) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — In Memory of More Than 400 Prominent United States Colored Troops from Kent County
In Memory of more than 400 prominent United States Colored Troops from Kent County, Maryland who bravely displayed extraordinary acts of heroism as they faithfully served their country with courage & honor in an attempt to gain freedom & equality in . . . — Map (db m5414) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — In This Church
was held the first convention which proposed and adopted the name Protestant Episcopal Church November 9, 1780. — Map (db m3067) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — John Leeds BarrollPublisher Accused of Treason and Exiled
John Leeds Barroll first walked these courthouse grounds, as a prominent Kent County lawyer before becoming a newspaper publisher. He was admitted to the bar in 1852 and served as the county State’s Attorney, 1854–1856, then founded the . . . — Map (db m3066) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — On This Site Stood the Courthouse
On this site stood the courthouse built in 1707 which was burned and repaired in 1720. A new building was erected in 1860 and remodeled in 1937. — Map (db m3065) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Revolutionary Cannon
Presented to The Historical Society of Kent County, Inc., in memory of Morris Keene Barroll 1893–1962. — Map (db m3061) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Rude AwakeningStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — War of 1812
Early September 3, 1814, at Mitchell House, British raiders roused Joseph T. Mitchell and his wife from their bed, shot their horses, and abducted Mitchell. They believed he ws commissary general for all of Maryland.

His was a lesser job as . . . — Map (db m80628) HM

Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Senator George VickersHelped Acquit President Andrew Johnson
At the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, George Vickers opposed secession and used his influence to keep Maryland in the Union. He became a major general of the 2nd Division, Maryland Militia, and helped form the 2nd Regiment Eastern Shore . . . — Map (db m69845) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Tercentenary CelebrationKent County Maryland — -1942-
In Honor of James Alfred Pearce Born 1840 -- Died 1920 Distinguished Citizen - Eminent Jurist Christian Gentleman Chief Judge of Second Judicial Circuit Member Court of Appeals of Maryland 1897 - 1912 Erected August 1, . . . — Map (db m62849) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — This Monument Honors the Area Veterans
This Monument honors • the area Veterans • who have sacrificed • for their country. World War I 1917–1918 • World War II 1941–1945 • Korean War 1950–1953 • Vietnam War 1964–1973. — Map (db m3063) WM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — War of 1812 Memorial
To honor those of Kent County who fought so valiantly during the War of 1812 — Map (db m106884) WM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Washington CollegeFounded in 1782
George Washington gave to its founding, granted use of his name and served on the Board of Visitors and Governors. He attended public exercises here, 1784, and received degree of Doctor of Laws in 1789. — Map (db m3053) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — White & Black, Blue & GraySocial Battlefield Split Kent Families
In June 1917, Judge James A. Pearce commemorated the Civil War soldiers of Kent County by erecting a monument to honor the patriotism and valor of a once divided, but now reunited country. The rough-cut and polished granite monument behind you . . . — Map (db m5585) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — William Beck Nicholson
“Swish” Philadelphia A.L., 1936 Chicago N.L., 1939–1948 Philadelphia N.L., 1948–1953 Born Chestertown, Kent County, Eastern Shore of Maryland, 1914. Graduate of Washington College 1936. Feared and respected . . . — Map (db m3058) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Worrell’s Tavern
Site of the tavern where George Washington dined and lodged on his return from Philadelphia, March 23, 1791, while he was President of the United States of America. Originally erected 1932 by Chester Lodge 115 A. F. & A. M. — Map (db m3068) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Edesville — Martin Wagner1899–1980
Master Machinist and Blacksmith, he was the third generation of his family to devote his life to work with forge, torch and anvil on this site. The Wagner Blacksmith and Machinery Repair Shop began serving the residents of Kent County in the 1850s. . . . — Map (db m3071) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Fairlee — Bass Propagation Lake
Fairlee Mill Pond, Kent County, one mile from this point. Purchased by State 1928. — Map (db m3077) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Fairlee — Battle of Caulk’s FieldWar of 1812
Kent County Militia under Lt. Col. Philip A. Reed marched from Belle Air (Fairlee) to meet British Forces here on August 31, 1814. The British with 15 killed, were repulsed and their commander, Sir Peter Parker, mortally wounded. American losses . . . — Map (db m62512) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Fairlee — Caulk’s Field Monument
The British commanded by Sir Peter Parker, Baronet and the Americans commanded by Col. Philip Reed met in engagement on this field Aug. 31st 1814. The British were defeated and Sir Peter Parker killed. Erected A. D. 1902 by Marylanders to . . . — Map (db m3070) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Galena — A Heavy PriceStar Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — War of 1812
British Rear Admiral George Cockburn noted Georgetown and Fredericktown “were Places of some…Importance,” and the Sassafras the only upper river “I had not examined and cleared.” He led his full force toward the villages May . . . — Map (db m90695) WM
Maryland (Kent County), Galena — Downs’ Cross RoadsGalena, Maryland
On this site stood the tavern erected by William Downs in 1763. Burned in 1893, George Washington stopped here in 1774 en route to and from the first Continental Congress. He traveled this road on his eight visits to Kent County. — Map (db m3040) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Georgetown — Daring to ResistStar-Spangled Banner Historic Trail
From opposite sides of the Sassafras River local militia fired at British raiders advancing toward Fredericktown and Georgetown May 5-6 , 1813. The militia fought only briefly before retreating, but the towns paid dearly. The British reduced much of . . . — Map (db m62346) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Georgetown — Georgetown, Maryland
Erected by act of Assembly of Maryland, May 1736, on a tract called Tolchester. A base of Continental supplies, 1775 to 1783. Port of Entry and ferry landing. George Washington stopped here enroute to points north and south. • Burned by British May . . . — Map (db m1577) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Georgetown — Mistress Kitty Knight
In Honor of Mistress Kitty Knight Revolutionary Belle and Beauty A Friend of General George Washington When the British burned Georgetown in 1813 Her Heroic Efforts Saved this House which later became her home. Placed by London . . . — Map (db m62345) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Kennedyville — Brig. Gen. John Cadwalader1742–1786
Commander Penna Troops. Served at Princeton, Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth. Incensed at the cabal against Washington he wounded General Conway in a duel. Lived nearby and served in General Assembly of Maryland from Kent County. Buried in . . . — Map (db m3043) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Kennedyville — Colonel Isaac Perkins“Flaming Patriot” of the Revolution
Son of Thomas Perkins, who built brick house near here in 1720. The Colonel was one of the commissioners appointed by Maryland Council of safety to raise supplies for Washington’s Army. Much of the flour provided from the Eastern Shore was ground in . . . — Map (db m3044) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Kennedyville — Reluctant AideStar-Spangled Banner National Historical Trail — War of 1812
On May 6, 1813, the British landed barges at Turner’s Creek—a village of about 60 people and an active port for grains and flour. Resident John Stavely was forced to lead the enemy vessels to Fredericktown and Georgetown. After destroying . . . — Map (db m80621) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Millington — Mason-Dixon Line Crownstone
The North-South line between the colonies of Maryland and Pennsylvania, now Delaware, was surveyed between June and September 1764 by Charles Mason, an astronomer, and Jeremiah Dixon, a mathematician and surveyor. Leading a party of thirty-nine, . . . — Map (db m19671) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Rock Hall — A DiversionStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — War of 1812
Captain Peter Parker arrived at Swan Creek in the HMS Menelaus August 20, 1814. The British had terrorized towns in the Upper Bay all summer, but Parker came with a special mission---to divert attention from a strike against the U.S. Capital. While . . . — Map (db m80634) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Rock Hall — Attracted By Bounty
For centuries, people have made their living on the water here at Rock Hall. Earliest accounts of the place relate that fisherman hauled in enormous amounts of rockfish; some believe the fish gave the town its name. A Working Waterfront . . . — Map (db m69896) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Rock Hall — Birds of Prey-Hunters in the SkyEastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge
Keen eyes spot prey from 3,000 feet away. T he hunt begins for the raptor. Wings spread outward while the powerful feet extend downward. The sharp, heavy talons grasp hold of the unsuspecting animal. Soon a hooked beak will tear it apart. The hunt . . . — Map (db m69897) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Rock Hall — Bounty Below
The aquatic ecosystem of Chesapeake Bay supports a remarkable diversity of sea creatures. From bottom-dwellers to swimmers to reef-clutching shellfish, the Bay environment produces more than $175 million in commercial harvests each year. . . . — Map (db m69889) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Rock Hall — Captain Lambert Wickes
One of senior officers of Continental Navy in opening years of Revolutionary War. Noted for his daring raids on British shipping. In his Sloop of War Reprisal he took Benjamin Franklin to France in 1776. Was first American Naval Officer in . . . — Map (db m3072) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Rock Hall — Clever RuseStar-Spangled Banner National Historical Trail — War of 1812
Lieutenant Colonel Philip Reed and his Maryland militia allegedly tried to fool British Troops at anchor off the Chester River. He directed his small force of cavalry to ferry back and forth between mainland and Eastern Neck Island, hoping British . . . — Map (db m80652) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Rock Hall — Long Distance TravelersEastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge
Much like people travel to their destinations on interstate highways, birds migrate along flyways. Many different roads lead onto major highways. The same is true for flyways: birds fly to the major routes from various starting points and fly to . . . — Map (db m69915) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Rock Hall — Right Place, Right Time
The geography of Rock Hall puts it smack dab in the middle of a well-traveled transportation route. From the beginning, it served as a key ferry terminus linking the Eastern and Annapolis shores. Our nation’s founding fathers, traveling . . . — Map (db m69894) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Rock Hall — Rock Hall
Formerly known as Rock Hall Cross Roads. Main Street is part of first road cut in Kent County in 1675. George Washington passed here eight known times. Tench Tilghman used this route from Yorktown to Philadelphia in October 1781. — Map (db m3075) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Rock Hall — Rock Hall Landing
Site of Rock Hall Mansion for which the town was named. Landing of Annapolis - Rock Hall Packet used by George Washington on eight known trips through Kent County. A convenient route used by many prominent persons of Colonial and Revolutionary . . . — Map (db m3074) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Rock Hall — Stanley B. Vansant Memorial
1908–1990. Fishing shanty & wintertime portable home for waterman. Towed to suitable sites. Refurbished thru Friends of Stanley Rock Hall Lions. — Map (db m3073) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Rock Hall — Wickliffe
Major Joseph Wickes, who settled on Eastern Neck Island c. 1658, was Chief Justice of Kent County. Before 1674 the Court met at Wickliffe, his home here (no longer standing). By 1680 he had acquired 864 acres, the southern half of the island, which . . . — Map (db m3076) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Still Pond — Maryland’s First Women Voters
In the village of Still Pond, twelve years before the 19th Amendment established women’s suffrage, Mary Jane Clark Howard, Anne Baker Maxwell and Lillie Deringer Kelley cast their ballots in the municipal election of 1908. That year, an act for . . . — Map (db m3052) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Tolchester Beach — Tolchester Beach Amusement Park
Opened on this site in 1877 by the Tolchester Steamboat Company, in an era when the steamboat was a primary mode of social and commercial transportation in the Tidewater region, and in response to the rising popularity of resorts and amusement . . . — Map (db m19449) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Turner's Creek Landing — A Home with a Rich Past
The house before you - known as Knock's Folly - has witnessed more than 200 years of history. Henry Knock constructed the original clapboard log portion of the house around 1753. Donaldson Yeates bought the log house in 1770. After his death, his . . . — Map (db m64354) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Turner's Creek Landing — Agricultural Demonstration Area / Historic Tree Grove
Agricultural Demonstration Area this demonstration field shows how a farmer can grow crops on a steep slope while preventing soil erosion. The Grassed Diversion in the middle of the field funnels water into the Waterways that . . . — Map (db m64346) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Turner's Creek Landing — Captain John Smith on the Sassafras River
In 1608, English explorer Captain John Smith conducted two expeditions on the Chesapeake Bay. He was charged by the Virginia Company to seek precious metals and a water passage to the Pacific. His first voyage focused on the Bay's western shore. His . . . — Map (db m64349) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Turner's Creek Landing — Charley's Houseca. 1840 - 1890
This house illustrates the almost extinct dwellings of the early 1800's that housed slaves/servants of Maryland's Eastern Shore. Believed to have been built as slave quarters and later as part of the African American community in Chestertown. The . . . — Map (db m64511) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Turner's Creek Landing — Corn Crib
In the 1800's a corn crib was the place to dry and store corn. After harvesting, corn on the cob was placed in the crib. Air circulated through the slats in the side to allow the corn to dry. The kernels were then removed from the cob and stored in . . . — Map (db m64510) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Turner's Creek Landing — Natural Diversity at Turner's Creek
More than 3,600 species of plants, fish and wildlife live in the Chesapeake Bay region. the Sassafras River and Turner's Creek - tributaries of the Bay - provide food and shelter for great blue herons, osprey, otters, beaver, largmouth bass and . . . — Map (db m64356) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Turner's Creek Landing — The Tockwogh and the Bay
The American Indians of the Sassafras region - known as the Tockwogh - survived by harvesting the rich bounty of plants and animals of the Chesapeake. They netted rockfish and other finfish, gathered shellfish and crabs during low tides, hunted deer . . . — Map (db m64351) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Turner's Creek Landing — Turner's CreekThe Sassafras River Water Trail
From the headwaters near the Route 301 Bridge to the river's mouth between Grove Point and Howell Point, the Sassafras River Water Trail winds past forested shorelines, bucolic farms, and high sandy cliffs for 18 miles before reaching its confluence . . . — Map (db m64294) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Turner's Creek Landing — Waterfront Hub for Trade
The "Settlement at Turner's Creek" was developed by Donaldson Yeats before the Revolutionary War. It was a hub for trade. At its peak, there was a shipyard, a tannery, a granary and a dock for shipping and receiving products. The Sassafras River . . . — Map (db m64295) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Turner's Creek Landing — Welcome to the Kent Museum
Step back to the days of the small family farm and see the tools and equipment that made life easier. Most people did not travel far from home - going to Baltimore was a major undertaking! Farm products were shipped to market by custom Chesapeake . . . — Map (db m64509) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Worton — African American SchoolhouseMuseum — A one-room schoolhouse that became the cornerstone of a Community...
Worton Point 'Colored' Public School #2, District Number 3; a one-room schoolhouse built August 1890. This structure was documented by the University of Delaware Center for Historic and Architectural Design in June 2003. Prior to the 1930's county . . . — Map (db m62847) HM
Maryland (Kent County), Worton — Christ Episcopal IU Church and CemeteryNational Register of Historical Places — General Philip Reed Burial Place
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m69837) HM WM
Maryland (Kent County), Worton — Taking CommandStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — War of 1812
Lieutenant Colonel Philip Reed, buried here in 1829, excelled among Maryland militia officers. Reed countered several of the British hit-and-run raids along the Eastern Shore. His men fended off the enemy’s attack at Worton Creek and claimed victory . . . — Map (db m80622) HM

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