Geddes-Piper House
Chestertown, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description:

The Geddes-Piper House is a Federal-period townhouse museum in the heart of the historic district of Chestertown Maryland, along the Eastern Shore's Chester River. The Geddes-Piper House is the only 18th-century house in Chestertown open to the public. It is the home of the Historical Society of Kent County.

Three floors are furnished with period pieces, with a rotating series of exhibits on the second floor. An extensive library contains genealogy, local and regional documents and reference books, photos, and a large number of maps and charts related to the Chesapeake Bay and the Eastern Shore.

Join us for our special annual Tea Time House Tour, a walking tour of selected houses in the Chestertown Historic District. This year's tour is October 1st from 1 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $25, including tea. Children under 12 are half price. Don't forget to make a dinner reservation.

Location / Directions:

From Philadelphia & North: use Rte 301 South through Delaware and into Maryland. Take the Galena-Chestertown exit to Md Route 213 to Chestertown. Turn right at Cross Street traffic light (Royal Farms on left)

From West or South: use Rte 50 East (or West) to Rte 213 North. Follow 213 through Centreville and Church Hill, cross the Chester River bridge on Md 213 to Chestertown. Turn left at Cross Street traffic light (firehouse on right).

Then: Turn left at next light onto High Street. On High Street go one block to Court Street. Turn left and then right onto Church Alley. The Geddes-Piper House is on the right in mid-block at #101.

Parking Notes: You can park almost anywhere in Chestertown and easily walk through the entire Historic District. Parking on Church Alley is very limited. Parking is usually no problem in Chestertown, except during the Tea Party in May. Park anywhere on High or Court Streets as you enter Chestertown and walk to the Geddes-Piper House. Parking is available at the Court House lot on Cross Street and a walking path exits from the rear of that lot to Court Street. Go half a block to Church Alley.

Physical Address: Geddes-Piper House
101 Church Alley
Chestertown, MD 21620
Mailing Address: Geddes-Piper House
Box 665
Chestertown, MD 21620
Phone: (410) 778-3499

The Geddes-Piper House Museum is open for self-guided tours 200 weekdays per year. Sat-Sun guided tours are scheduled from May 1 to November 1. Tour groups can arrange to take a guided tour at any time by contacting us in advance.

The Geddes-Piper House is an excellent starting point for a walking tour of Chestertown's Historic District. We will give you a free self-guided walking tour pamphlet.

You are welcome to come sit in our quiet and shady back yard at lunchtime in warm weather. We sponsor free events during the year, including an annual Black History Month speaker and the Spring Lecture series.The annual Candlelight Walking Tour is the third Saturday in September; typically about 15 buildings in Chestertown are open for visitors. There is a fee.

Researchers, including genealogists, are always welcome. An appointment is recommended. The house can be rented for weddings, receptions, parties and meetings.

Educational Programs Tours / Walking Tours

Operating Hours:

Wed-Friday 10 AM - 4 PM for self-guided tours and library research.

From May 1 to Nov 1, guided tours are given 1-4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Open all day during Chestertown Tea Party (Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend).

Fees: Donation: $3 per adult requested.
Visitor Facilities:

The Geddes-Piper House is a four-story Philadelphia style townhouse with basement. There is a small side porch and yard.

The first floor includes the entrance hall, Front and Back Parlors, Dining Room and Kitchen. The Corner Cupboard Museum Shop is located on the first floor.The second floor includes the Exhibit Room, the Victorian Childhood room, the Fan Collection and two period Bedrooms. The basement consists of two rooms open to the public, including the Colonial Kitchen. The third floor houses the office and the Library, Map Collection and small artifacts.

The Library contains books, papers and photos concerned with Kent County; genealogical materials; and maps and reference books pertaining to the Chesapeake Bay in general and the Eastern Shore in particular. The fourth floor is not open. There is a restroom on the second floor.

Accessibility: Because the Geddes-Piper House was built in 1784 there is minimal wheelchair access, to the back porch and yard only.

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