Did you know that in 1774 in response to the British Parliament's closing of the port of Boston, the citizens of Chestertown, Maryland gathered at the town center, marched to the Chester River and tossed a cargo of tea overboard?
Today, the historic river-front town on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay kicks off each summer with a Chestertown Tea Party Festival, a weekend of fun for the whole family including a tea toss reenactment, colonial parade, cocktail party, raft race, street performances, colonial crafts, strolling musicians, local fare, 5k & 10 mile run and more.
See photos and get a glimpse of the festival
Dates: May 26-28, 2017
About 90 minutes from Washington, DC. Take Route 50 East toward Annapolis, cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, follow US 301 North, Exit MD 213 North to Chestertown.
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Chestertown Tea Party Festival Schedule
6:00 p.m. - Kickoff Celebration, Main Stage at High St. and Lawyers Row; Sneaker Creeper - Footrace for children ages 2-11 at Washington College's Roy Kirby Stadium.
8:00 a.m. – Annual Tea Party Classic Distance Run, Wilmer Park
10:00 a.m. Colonial Parade, High Street
11:15 a.m. Award Ceremony for Tea Party Classic Run, Wilmer Park
12:00 p.m. Beaten Biscuit Contest, Foot of High Street
2:00 p.m. Tea Party Reenactment, Main Stage
10:00 a.m. Memorial Day Parade, High Street
11:00 a.m. Schooner Sultana Public Sail on the Chester River, Reservations Required.
Call 410-778-5954, Cannon at Town Dock
12:30 p.m. Inter-Faith Service & Flag Raising, Cross and High Streets
1:30 p.m. Toss the Tory! Wilmer Park
2:30 p.m. Raft Race, Wilmer Park
5:00 p.m. Schooner Sultana Public Sail on the Chester River, Reservations Required. Call 410-778-5954, Cannon at Town Dock
Historic Walking Tours
Saturday: 11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
As part of the annual celebration of the Chestertown Tea Party, a walking tour of the historic district is offered highlighting renowned buildings such as Widehall, River House, the White Swan Tavern and the Hynson-Ringgold House. The tour lasts approximately one and one-half hours. Tour participants also have the opportunity to tour the interior the Geddes-Piper House, home to the Kent County Historical Society