DescriptionA graceful town of 18th-century brick houses facing the Chester River, Chestertown began in 1706 as a port of entry for Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne's counties. During its early years it hosted horse races and traveling theatrical groups. Shipbuilding and trading were economic mainstays.
A spirit of independence prevailed in 1774 when citizens, enraged over England's tea tax, threw overboard tea brought into port by the brigantine Geddes. Soon after, Chestertown sent provisions to the similarly inclined town of Boston, which was suffering from the effects of the Boston Port Act.
Washington College was founded in 1782. Named after George Washington, on whom it conferred an honorary degree of doctor of laws, the college was visited by its namesake in 1784.
Visitor InfoKent County Visitor Center 122 N. Cross St. CHESTERTOWN, MD 21620. Phone:(410)778-9737
Self-guiding toursInformation about historical driving and walking tours can be obtained from the visitor center.
ShoppingThe historic downtown area features 30 shops and art galleries.
Things to SeeChesapeake Farms