The Way We Worked – Museums of Kent

A self driving tour of 12 museums in Kent County MD, will be held on Saturday, May 6 from 10 am to 4 pm. Appealing to all ages and interests, they exhibit the culture, lifestyles and history of this Eastern Shore county. Knowledgeable guides, some special events, and free admission await visitors. Brochures and maps available at Visitors Center, Kent Library, Sumner Hall and The Bordley Building in Chestertown. Click here for Google Maps driving directions.

  • Massey Aero Museum A living airport-museum reminiscent of rural airports of bygone eras. Vintage aircraft, artifacts and touch and feel exhibits. A restoration shop operates most days. Frequent fly-ins. 33541 Maryland Line Rd Massey MD 21650
  • Kent County Museum A collection of farming equipment representing the rural heritage of agriculture and domestic life. Charley’s House c. 1840, the last surviving dwelling of a small black community, is located here. Kennedyville MD 21645
  • Knock’s Folly This 1796 Federal style brick home houses exhibits which highlight the history of farming, the native American Tockwogh tribe and the visit of Captain John Smith during his voyage on the Chesapeake Bay. Kennedyville MD 21645
  • Betterton Heritage Museum The Betterton Fishing Ark will be open for tours and Speed Joiner decoys will be on display. Volunteers will be talking about how in the early days, fishing and hunting were the Ways people in Betterton Worked. Open 12 noon to 3pm 100 Main Street Betterton MD 21610
  • Bordley History Center Headquarters for the Historical Society of Kent County. Many
    resources are available to the researcher within the library, genealogical and archival spaces. Historical exhibits titled Made in Kent County and Women in the Workforce.
    301 High St Chestertown MD 21620
  • Sumner Hall Now beautifully restored, one of only two African-American Civil War veterans’ halls still standing, it is the venue for many community events. Historical exhibits of its days as Post #25 Grand Army of the Republic. The Smithsonian’s “The
    Way We Worked” traveling exhibit will open through May 19.
    206 S. Queen Street Chestertown MD 21620
  • African-American Schoolhouse Artifacts of the lives of Kent County’s African-American community are displayed in this one room school built in 1890. It is still in its original location. St. James Newtown Rd, north of Worton MD 21678
  • Cliffs School Museum This one room school of seven grades and one teacher, served the families of rural southern Kent County from 1878-1939. Furnishings, books and artifacts of the era. Blackboards have daily lessons.
    Rt. 289 S 8.5 miles south of Chestertown MD 21620
  • Rock Hall Museum Hand crafted boat and ship models, decoy carving shop replica, seafood processing, boat oystering rig, ice buoy and more in this complete display representing the marine culture of Rock Hall. Town Building, Rock Hal Md 21661
  • Waterman’s Museum On display are artifacts and a fishing shanty from the early days of oystering, crabbing and fishing. Photographic documentation of past and present watermen. Next to Haven Harbour Marina. Rock Hall Avenue, Rock Hall MD 21661
  • Tolchester Beach Revisited A museum presenting and preserving the history of this amusement park -1877 to 1962. Displays of pictures, artifacts and memorabilia of the most popular resort along the Chesapeake Bay. Oyster Court, Rock Hall MD 21661
  • Rock Hall Marine Restoration and Heritage Center Located in the Historic Clam House on Rock Hall’s harbor, along with the “Steamboats on the Chesapeake and Chester River” display, will be Goldy Vansant’s newly constructed Garvey, to be raffled off on
    Waterman’s Day. Raffle tickets available also for a Harry White 20’ Bateau. Open from 11 am to 4 pm. 21083 Chesapeake Avenue, Rock Hall MD 21661