"What I think is so interesting about Chestertown is that people live with their history," says Nancy Nunn, curator of the Kent County Historical Society. The society's 22nd annual Candlelight Walking Tour, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, will give visitors to the Eastern Shore town an idea of what it's like to live with the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.
The streets will be closed to vehicles, so that visitors will be free to walk the streets of this historic port town. Nine of the 16 buildings on this year's tour date from the 18th century; these include several private homes, the Hynson-Ringgold house, the White Swan Tavern (now a bed-and-breakfast inn), Emmanuel Church, and the Geddes-Piper House, the historical society's headquarters. The original Geddes, explains Anne Burris, the tour's chairperson, was the Loyalist owner of the ship that figured in Chestertown's very own Revolutionary War "tea party."
The tour will also take in three Victorian-era buildings -- including the circa-1840 Rogers and Skipp law office, in which five generations of the same family have practiced; three waterside homes from the early 1900s, and a cruciform church that is a landmark in Eastern Shore Black Methodism.