Situated on a scenic peninsula where the Chester and Sassafras rivers flow into the Chesapeake Bay, Kent County is a haven for fishing and boating enthusiasts, cyclists, birders and nature lovers.
It’s the second oldest county in Maryland, founded in 1642 by settlers who named it for the county they left in England. Living and working on the water are very important here. The Rock Hall Museum features Native American artifacts and nautical relics, and the Waterman's Museum, also in Rock Hall, has oystering, crabbing and fishing exhibits.
Historic homes line the waterfront of Chestertown, which is located on its namesake, the Chester River. Washington College is here – it’s the only college to which George Washington gave permission for the use of his name. Following the Boston Tea Party in 1773, the angry citizens of Chestertown threw a shipload of tea from the British brigantine, Geddes, into the river. Each May, the town's residents gather and hold a weekend festival to re-enact the Chestertown Tea Party.
Near Chestertown, visit area wildlife in the 3,000-acre Remington Farms refuge, or take a boat ride and stop by each of the 31 marinas in the county. As you explore the tidal shore, you’ll see a variety of aquatic birds -- ducks, geese, kingfishers, heron, osprey, bald eagles.
If you’re looking for fish, you’ll find alewife, shad, blue fish, perch, as well as oysters and blue crab. Striped bass, known locally as "rockfish" is perhaps the most prized fish found here.
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