Historical buildings, churches, and landscapes are evidence of our rich colonial history.

Named for its central and easily accessible location, Centreville, incorporated in 1794, is the seat of Queen Anne’s County. Pre-Civil War and Victorian era styles decorate the town with vivid history. St. Paul’s Church, with communion silver circa 1717, The Tucker House, and Wright’s Chance are all notable examples of 18th century architecture. The courthouse located on the central green, is the oldest courthouse in continuous use in the State of Maryland since 1791.

Chesapeake City
Step back in time with a visit to Historic
Chesapeake City. A wonderful collection
of distinct 19th century historic homes and shops, beautifully restored along the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Antiquing, collectibles, clothing, and crafts are among the shopper delights in Chesapeake City as well as art galleries, summer concerts, boat tours on the
canal, and tours of nearby horse country.

Chestertown has been a Royal Port of Entry, the scene of its own Revolutionary Tea Party (1774), and the hub of a thriving agricultural and seafood area. Kent County’s original courthouse (c.1697), the Geddes-Piper House, Emmanuel Church, Fountain Park, the Charles Sumner G.A.R. Hall and numerous 18th century structures makes a walk around Chestertown a stroll back in time. Visit the Kent County Visitor Center for a copy of the Walking Tour of
Historic Chestertown guide.

Church Hill
The town of Church Hill grew out of a
1698 water mill, the foundations of which can be seen along Route 19. St. Luke’s Church (c. 1732) is located on the hill, from which the town derives it’s name. The Church Hill Theatre, built in 1929 as a movie theatre was saved from demolition in the 1980’s and now regularly holds theatrical productions.

Kitty Knight House
During the War of 1812, the British fleet wreaked havoc in Chesapeake Country. Coming ashore in George-town and Fredericktown along the Sassafras River, the British set fire to the houses. Catherine (Kitty) Knight used her charm on the soldiers to prevent them from burning her house and the adjacent home. These historic homes today are now joined to
form a historic bed and breakfast overlooking the Sassafras Harbor.

Mount Harmon Plantation
During the 17th and 18th centuries, Mount Harmon pros-pered as a tobacco plantation. As visitors drive the 2-mile lane, you will appreciate the isolation of the time when trans- portation moved most freely by water. Mount Harmon boasts the northernmost existing tobacco prize house. “Prize” refers to the huge wooden screw used to compress tobacco from two casks or “hogsheads” into one. The restored Plantation home (c.1730) also offers
boxwood gardens, nature trails and is open for seasonal tours for an admission fee.

Old Bohemia
St. Francis Xavier Church is a church
steeped in history, religious beliefs and
tradition. Since 1704, the Catholic tradition has been lived, celebrated and cherished here. It was one of the earliest Catholic establishments in the English Colonies. The churchyard is noteworthy for the burial sites for several founding fathers of the Catholic faith and that of Kitty Knight, a local heroine of the War of 1812.

Also known as “Parvus Urbs Ad Is Aqua” (Little Town On The Water) Historic Queens- town was the first county seat and is home to Queen Anne’s County original colonial courthouse(c.1708). During the Battle of Slippery Hill, Queens-town was the first and only town in Queen Anne’s County to be attacked by the British during the War of 1812. Today, agriculture and seafood harvesting are dominant economic industries.

St. Paul’s of Kent
St. Paul’s of Kent is the earliest surviving religious structure in Kent County. It is one of only four 18th century structures on the Eastern Shore to have a semi-circular apse. The Flemish bond brickwork, modillions in the cornice, and other architectural features are exceedingly rare features for this region and are considered extraordinarily fine for the period. The extensive churchyard covers 19 acres and harbors numerous tree species as well as historic gravestones. The oldest stone is circa 1727. More modern graves include that of Hollywood actress Tallulah Bankhead.

Lovers of 19th century history and architecture will find Stevensville a lovely
stop on the byway. Examples include:
Christ Church, (c. 1880) is a lovely example of Gothic architecture; The Old Stevensville Post Office (c. 1870) served the community until 1952 and is now home to the Kent Island Heritage Society; The Cray House (c. 1809) is a rare example of post and plank construction. The Walking Tour of Historic Stevensville guide will lead you to all 23 stops in this historic district.