Chesapeake Heritage & Visitors Center

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The Chesapeake Heritage & Visitor Center (CHVC)  


Monday-Friday: 9am-4pm

Weekends: 9am-3pm

The Chesapeake Heritage & Visitor Center provides visitors information needed to discover all that Queen Anne’s County has to offer! Visitor Center staff are available to assist with directions, information and local destination points of interest.

While at the Chesapeake Heritage & Visitors Center be sure to check out the Chesapeake Legacy Museum. Here you’ll find interactive informational displays dedicated to the history, heritage, and culture of Queen Anne’s County. The museum also features a rotating artists series, displaying artwork with an emphasis on the Eastern Shore.

Take the elevator or the spiral staircases to the outdoor viewing tower for breathtaking 360 views of the Kent Narrows Waterfront. Bring a camera!



On the grounds of the CHVC you will access the entrance to Ferry Point Park. There is a 530 ft boardwalk over the marsh to a secluded cove offering benches, picnic tables and a short walking trail over looking the Chester River.

The Center also offers free parking for access to the Cross Island Trail.

Chesapeake Heritage & Visitors Center:
425 Piney Narrows Road, Chester, Maryland 21619

Open 9-4pm Monday-Friday and 9am-3pm Saturday & Sunday!

Questions? Call 410.604.2100

CHVC is handicap accessible. Restrooms available.

Visitor Information also available at:
Bay Country (State) Welcome Center
100 Welcome Center Drive, Centreville, Maryland 21617  410.758.2181

Explore Queen Anne’s County

Love wandering through nature and enjoying outdoor activities? Are you keen on historical sites, theaters, and  museums catering to local culture & heritage? Interested in taking a day or two to try our distilleries, wineries, and breweries? Let us help you make a day, a weekend, or more of your visit to Queen Anne’s County. 

Outdoor Recreation: Explore the unique wetlands and coves by kayak or charter boat. Trekkers and cyclists can take in the sights on two scenic public pedestrian trails.

“Bay to Table” Dining: Feast on fresh crabs loaded with Old Bay seasoning at a number of local restaurants catering to seafood enthusiasts. Try your hand at picking your own steamed Maryland blue crabs, and learn to pick like a local! Other popular restaurants cater to American and various ethnic style dishes. Along the way take the back roads to view the working landscapes and enjoy locally grown products at a roadside farm stands.

Cultural Sites & Activities: Purchase tickets for a remarkable show at the Historic Church Hill Theater. Take a trip to the past, and relive the historic culture found within our area while visiting nearly twenty well preserved historic sites! Enjoy small town charm abounds in Stevensville, Queenstown, and Centreville. 


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