Student Tours

Shaping History Day Tour

The history of Queen Anne's County dates back to the earliest colonial settlements in Maryland. Settlement of the northern portion of the county began in the 1600s. Early communities grew up around transportation routes, the rivers and streams, and then roads and eventually railroads. Small towns were centers of economic and social activity and evolved over the years from thriving centers of the tobacco trade to communities boosted by the railroad boom. Students will learn how geography and economics influenced the small communities of Queen Anne's County.

Educational Themes

Themes include:

  • Why it is important to preserve history
  • How transportation routes influenced the development of towns in Queen Anne's County
  • How small towns were self-sufficient and social centers
  • How 2 churches have withstood the test of time and are still in use

Scheduled Stops

  • We will visit 6 of the county's historical sites and organizations
    • St. Luke's Episcopal Church - Built in 1732 for 140,000 pounds of tobacco
    • Church Hill Theatre - Originally built in 1929 as a town hall then in 1935 the building became a movie theater
    • Dudley's Chapel - Built in 1782 for a Methodist congregation with a segregated gallery added in 1811
    • Sudlersville Train Station Museum - In 1885 many goods and services were transported through the station
    • The Museum of Eastern Shore Life - Showcases the lives of the first settlers
    • Queen Anne's County Courthouse - The oldest continuously operating court house in the state of Maryland built in 1792

Water Wheels & Hearth Fires Day Tour

Queen Anne's County boasts one of the first colonial settlements in Maryland, and the 3rd settlement in what would be the United States. From the earliest days of settlement on Kent Island to the establishment of Queen Anne's County and the development of towns, colonial history is evident throughout the county. These 1st settlements were influenced by the availability of natural resources and early transportation routes, both waterways and land routes. Mills sprung up around waterways, which provided power and transportation. Early mail routes and ports dictated the location of the first county seat, which was later moved to a more central location.

Educational Themes

Students will learn how geography and economics influenced the development of colonial Queen Anne's County. They will explore the public and private aspects of life in colonial times. Themes include:

  • How the location of colonial settlements was influenced by the geography and natural resources of the region
  • How courthouses were the centers of political activities in the colonies
  • How farming was the major economic activity of colonial Queen Anne's County
  • How towns were the communication hubs for the colonies

Scheduled Stops

Students will visit 5 of the county's historical sites and organizations including:

  • The Colonial Courthouse in Queenstown, - The original county seat constructed in 1708
  • The Wye Grist Mill - 1st mill built in 1668
  • The Tucker House - The oldest original house built in Centreville in 1794
  • Wright's Chance - Built in the early 1700s and moved to its current location to be saved
  • Queen Anne's County Courthouse - the oldest continuously operating court house in the state of Maryland built in 1792


Historic Sites Consortium of Queen Anne's County
P.O. Box 655
Centreville, MD 21617
Phone: 410-758-2502