"Washington's College Home" Chestertown by grandmaR

Chestertown Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 45 photos

I know Chestertown primarily because it is home to Washington College which is the tenth oldest college in the United States. It was founded in 1782 with the help of George Washington who gave his name and 50 guineas to the college. Washington served as a trustee and received an honorary degree.historic

The town of Chestertown, county seat of Kent County, Maryland, was once a port of entry for Maryland. There are court records dating back to the 1640's.

They even have their own local Chestertown Tea Party commemoration on May 29th. The local merchants revolted against the British tea tax. A reenactment, parade, concessions, and crafts highlight the day on Saturday.

Chestertown features many restored 18th century homes, lovely churches, the county courthouse, and several interesting shops. Grand houses built by wealthy merchants line the Chester River.

  • Last visit to Chestertown: Aug 1999
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jul 31, 2008 at 10:17 PM

    Reiley's went out of business 2/08. A new operation opened as the Fish Whistle in 5/08. This tip really ought to be deleted. I intend to do a tip on the Fish Whistle, but no time now. For now, this comment re the out-of-date info will have to do.


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