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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Chestertown, Maryland

Clickable Map of Kent County, Maryland and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Kent County, MD (100) Anne Arundel County, MD (439) Baltimore County, MD (294) Cecil County, MD (177) Harford County, MD (176) Queen Anne s County, MD (100) Kent County, DE (250) New Castle County, DE (612)  KentCounty(100) Kent County (100)  AnneArundelCounty(439) Anne Arundel County (439)  BaltimoreCounty(294) Baltimore County (294)  CecilCounty(177) Cecil County (177)  HarfordCounty(176) Harford County (176)  QueenAnne'sCounty(100) Queen Anne's County (100)  KentCountyDelaware(250) Kent County (250)  NewCastleCounty(612) New Castle County (612)
Chestertown is the county seat for Kent County
Chestertown is in Kent County
      Kent County (100)  
      Anne Arundel County (439)  
      Baltimore County (294)  
      Cecil County (177)  
      Harford County (176)  
      Queen Anne's County (100)  
      Kent County, Delaware (250)  
      New Castle County, Delaware (612)  
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1Maryland (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 m186650) HM
2Maryland (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
3Maryland (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
4Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — American Victory
Kent County braced for the return of the British in August 1814. Enemy raiders had 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 m186648) HM
5Maryland (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 violence on April 19, 1861, . . . Map (db m190078) HM
6Maryland (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
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7Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Brampton
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m138232) HM
8Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Charles Sumner Post #25, G.A.R.A Symbol of Social Change
You are looking at a rare survivor—a building that embodies the radical social change brought on by the Civil War. In 1882, 28 African American veterans of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) chartered the Charles Sumner Post #25, Grand Army . . . Map (db m199235) HM
9Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Charles Sumner Post, G.A.R."Fraternity, Charity, Loyalty"
African American Civil War veterans constructed this meeting hall for Charles Sumner Post No. 25, Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) in 1908. The hall is one of only two known to survive that were built for soldiers who served in . . . Map (db m156672) HM
10Maryland (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
11Maryland (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
12Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — 1 — Chestertown Vol. Fire Co.Site 1
Mutual Fire Insurance Co. established the first fire company 1845Map (db m199236) HM
13Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — 2 — Chestertown Vol. Fire Co.Site 2
Market Square Fountain Park was the location of the first known engine house 1879Map (db m199229) HM
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14Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — 5 — Chestertown Vol. Fire Co., Inc.Site 5
Built with Works Progress Administration (WPA) federal funding 1938Map (db m138237) HM
15Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — 6 — Chestertown Vol. Fire Co., Inc.Site 6
1978-The Town Council voted to construct this building using federal Local Public works (LPW) grant fundingMap (db m199222) HM
16Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Chestertown, First Population Center of the United States
. . . Map (db m62537) HM
17Maryland (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
18Maryland (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
19Maryland (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
20Maryland (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 battle. The . . . Map (db m80629) HM
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21Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Desert Storm Memorial1990 1991
Honoring those who served from Kent & Queen Anne’s Counties.Map (db m106885) WM
22Maryland (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
23Maryland (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
24Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — George Washington
Original benefactor 1782 Member, Visitors and Governors, 1784–1789Map (db m3055) HM
25Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — George Washington
Benefactor of Washington College Member of the Board of Visitors and Governors 1784-1789 Honorary Degree Recipient 1789 A gift from the Class of 2000 in commemoration of the Bicentennial of George Washington's death . . . Map (db m138233) HM
26Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — History Tour of the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Co., Inc.
History 1845…The first Chestertown Fire Company was owned and maintained by the Mutual Fire Insurance Company. They paid $1,000 for a hand pumper in 1878 that was built in 1804 by Philip Mason, in Philadelphia. In . . . Map (db m199225) HM
27Maryland (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
28Maryland (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
29Maryland (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 Kent . . . Map (db m186649) HM
30Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Kent County NewsA Direct Descendant of the Chestertown Spy — Est. 1979 —
Oldest newspaper on the Eastern Shore and one of the oldest in the nation 778-2011Map (db m199230) HM
31Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Kent County News
A direct descendant of the Chestertown Spy, established 1793Map (db m199242) HM
32Maryland (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
33Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Revolution on the River
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. . . . Map (db m138241) HM
34Maryland (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
35Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Royal Port of Entry
In colonial times, Chestertown was designated the primary port of entry for the upper Eastern shore. Bustling wharves lined the waterfront, where laborers loaded ships with local crops bound for Europe and the Caribbean. Vessels from . . . Map (db m138239) HM
36Maryland (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
37Maryland (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 m156850) HM
38Maryland (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
39Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — The Kent County Free School
Here stood The Kent County Free School authorized and established by act of Council and Assembly of Maryland September 26, 1728 This became Washington College October 15, 1782Map (db m138234) HM
40Maryland (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
41Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Memorial
In honor of those who servedMap (db m199228) WM
42Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — War Along the ChesapeakeA Divided Region
Welcome to Kent County! The Civil War intruded into quiet Eastern Shore communities, and residents of this beautiful, water-laced region faced difficult choices. In the years before the war, enslaved African Americans from the Eastern Shore . . . Map (db m190079) HM
43Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — War of 1812 Memorial
To honor those of Kent County who fought so valiantly during the War of 1812Map (db m106884) WM
44Maryland (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
45Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — We honor them hereSlavery prevailed in Maryland — Chestertown unites against racism —
From the year 1642 until the end of the Civil War in 1865, slavery prevailed in Maryland. During that period, this harbor is where human beings captured from Africa were enslaved and transported to be bought and sold for the profit of free . . . Map (db m201064) HM
46Maryland (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 m186803) HM
47Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Widehall
Home of Thomas Smyth, Sr. 1730-1819 Member of the Maryland Council of Safety 1775-1776, Commissary of Troops Kent County 1777. His shipyard built the Maryland Navy Galley "Chester", launched 1777.Map (db m138238) HM
48Maryland (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
49Maryland (Kent County), Chestertown — Worrell’s Tavern
. . . Map (db m3068) HM
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Sep. 27, 2022