Chesapeake Heritage & Visitors Center
Begin your journey with us
The Chesapeake Heritage & Visitor Center (CHVC) 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. Take the 530 ft boardwalk over the marsh to a secluded cove offering benches, picnic tables and a short walking trail over looking the Chester River. This location is ideal for children and dogs to play in the shallow waters!
The Center also offers free parking for access to the Cross Island Trail.
Visitor Center Hours:
Saturday & Sunday-Closed (anticipated weekend opening Spring 2021)
Chesapeake Heritage & Visitors Center:
425 Piney Narrows Road, Chester, Maryland 21619
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, museums catering to local Chesapeake Bay culture & heritage? Interested in taking a day or two to tour local distilleries, wineries, and breweries that scatter the county? 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 Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, and even learn to pick like a local! Other local restaurants cater to American and various ethnic style dishes. Along the way take the back roads to tour the working landscapes to enjoy locally grown and raised products at a roadside stand or farm.
Cultural Sites & Activities: purchase tickets to catch a remarkable show at the Historic Church Hill Theater, learn more about local heritage including the history of Kent Island as the site of Maryland’s first European settlement. Small town charm abounds in Stevensville, Queenstown, and Centreville.
Here’s a look at Kent Narrows as viewed from the doors of our Chesapeake Heritage & Visitors Center.