Museums in Kent County, Maryland



African American Schoolhouse Interpretive Panel
Route 297 extended, St. James-Newtown Road, next to St. George's U.M. Church in Worton Point.
Worton, MD

There is an interpretive panel and exterior viewing only. A one-room African American schoolhouse, built in 1890.

Betterton Heritage Museum
100 Main Street
Betterton, MD

The Betterton Heritage Museum is located in the Betterton Community Hall, which was originally the Precious Blood Catholic Church. The museum houses pictures of earlier times in Betterton, old postcards, a collection of beautiful decoys hand carved by Charles "Speed" Joiner and assorted memorabilia. The Betterton Ark is located immediately outside the building spring through fall.

Day/Hours: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Saturday and Sunday or by appointment.

Charles Sumner G.A.R. Hall
206 S. Queen Street
Chestertown, MD21620

The Charles Sumner building is one of only two African American Civil War veterans' halls standing in the United States. In 1908, a group of veterans, most of them former slaves who fought in the U.S. Colored Troops, built this two-story hall where regular meetings were held. The building has been stabilized by funds from the National Trust, MD Historic Trust and many other organizations and individuals. Plans are underway for a complete restoration.

Days/Hours: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Friday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Saturday, 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm Sunday

Cliffs Schoolhouse
Route 289, Quaker Neck Road, south of Pomona toward Cliff City
Cliff City, MD

Cliffs Schoolhouse is an architectural landmark that served a farming and fishing community in rural Kent County, and has survived for over 125 years. Lesson plans, for the seven grades taught in the one room, are written on the blackboards by the last teacher. It is well equipped with many of its original furnishings. Restoration and preservation of Cliffs is the current project of Port of Chester Questers, with assistance from the Retired Teachers Association.

Days/Hours: Open 3rd Saturdays, May – October, 1pm to 4pm

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Geddes-Piper House
Historical Society of Kent County
101 Church Alley
Chestertown, MD21620

This beautifully restored 1783 merchant's home is a definite first stop for visitors to Chestertown and Kent County. The museum provides an overview of three and a half centuries of Kent County history, set against a backdrop of beautifully restored and furnished period rooms.  The site offers an introduction to early Chesapeake settlement; the region as a center of Colonial economy and culture; 19th century transitions in agriculture and technology; and the Civil War and slavery.  Local history and genealogical research library on site.  Staff and volunteers will help you with directions and suggestions for your visit.

Days/Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday-Friday, 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm Saturday, May-October; library: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Wednesday-Friday.

Kent Museum
13689 Turner's Creek Road
Kennedyville, MD21645

The Kent Museum has been preserving the agricultural history of Kent County for over 40 years. Come see all types of agricultural, dairy, household, and other items associated with Kent County's rich history of farming! Also enjoy our trails, gardens, and beautiful grounds surrounding the museum. Remember our Apple Butter Festival on the first Saturday of each October! Admission is free.

Days/Hours: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm the first and third Saturday of each month, April – October, or by appointment.

Knock's Folly Visitors Center
13761 Turners Creek Road
Kennedyville, MD21645

Henry Knock operated a granary and farm in the Turner's Creek Community. He began construction of the dwelling with the log cabin section in 1759. Donald Yeates purchased the property in 1770 and began planning construction of the larger Federal style portion. He passed away prior to completion of the house and his family completed the brick portion in 1796. The main portion of the house is a three story dwelling with one main room on each floor. Each main room has a fire place for warmth. The central staircase is open from the first floor to the attic. A large front porch provides a resting place and shade from the summer sun. Knock's Folly is open as a Visitor Center. Exhibits and interpretive panels highlight the history of the farming community, the local Native American Tockwogh tribe and the visit of Captain John Smith to the Turner's Creek area. Future exhibits under development will focus on the rich natural history and wildlife of the Sassafras area.

Days/Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays (May through September)

Massey Air Museum, Inc.
33541 Maryland Line Road
Massey, MD21650

The Massey Air Museum is a living airport-museum reminiscent of rural airports of a bygone-era. Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of aviation as it was in its earlier days! Grassroots aviation: Vintage aircraft, artifacts, touch & feel exhibits. Restoration shop. Call us for the availability of tours. Donation $5.00. Members Free.

Days/Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday - Saturday or by appointment.

The Rock Hall Museum
Municipal Building
South Main Street
Rock Hall, MD21661

Artifacts from a changing bayside town on Maryland's Eastern Shore with emphasis on community lifestyle, economy and traditions. Decoy carving shop replica, marine trades artifacts, ship & boat models, fishing & oystering exhibits.

Days/Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday or by appointment.

Tolchester Beach Revisited
Main Street
Rock Hall, MD21661

Exhibit on Tolchester Beach Amusement Park 1877-1962. Artifacts, memorabilia, photos. Visit this jewel of a monument to a rapidly fading bygone era.

Days/Hours: By appointment.

Waterman's Museum
20880 Rock Hall Ave
Rock Hall, MD21661

The museum includes exhibits on oystering, crabbing, and fishing. A reproduction of a shanty house is on display, along with historical photographs, local carvings, artifacts, and of course, boats. Obtain key from adjacent Ditty Bag Store at Haven Harbor Marina.

Days/Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm daily or by appointment.