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.
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Dates: May 24-26, 2013
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 ScheduleFriday
6:00 p.m. - Kickoff Cocktail Reception, Hynson Pavilion (Wilmer Park) 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 ToursSaturday: 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