Sunday, January 13, 2013

Day 133 - Chestertown, Maryland

Iconic Doorway
Window sill sailing
Chestertown is a beautiful, colonial town on the Chester River.  It is second only to Annapolis for its number of existing 18th century homes and buildings.  Founded in 1706, it was designated a Royal Port of Entry, and this influx of trade made local merchants wealthy.  They erected numerous brick mansions along the riverfront, many of which are still intact today.

The weather was supposed to be in the mid-sixties today, but it struggled to make it out of the upper 40's.  There was thick fog as we came across the bridge into Chestertown, so we could not even see the famous waterfront.  It had lifted a little by the time we left, but there was a damp chill in the air.  However, we were in a quaint, historic location, so we did not mind the weather at all.

The Garfield Theater
Hogan Building
Chestertown is also home to Washington College, which is the 10th oldest college in the nation.  As the county seat of Kent County, the courthouse and numerous law offices are prominent features at the center of town.

My friend Norma and I parked near Stepne Manor, then walked into town to find a restaurant.  We had a wonderful lunch at the Lemon Leaf Cafe.  Then we needed to get out and walk off our meal.
The Sultana

Law office
We concentrated on the downtown area, ending up at the waterfront, where the Sultana was anchored in the harbor.   We walked along Water Street, admiring the brick mansions, then down to the Visitor Center, where we talked with the mother of author Alexa Egan, a writer of romance novels.

Too much on her
mind for housework
There is so much more to see in Chestertown, that I need to make a return trip, certainly to tour the Washington College campus.

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  1. walk every day
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