The Chesapeake Bay Bridge connects the western shore to Maryland's eastern shore. Kent Island is just across the Bay Bridge. The area was claimed before Lord Baltimore in 1631 by William Claiborne of Virginia, who built a trading port. The first settlement was established on the south side of the island. Claiborne built a church, fort, farms - and started Maryland's tobacco economy. The first court opened in 1639. Lord Baltimore also claimed the island and the first naval battle in the colonies took place here.
Not too long after 1683, Stevensville became a port and tobacco, wheat and corn were the major crops being exported to other parts of the country and abroad. Steamers and the railroad were later to come through Kent Island, bringing many visitors, many of whom stayed at the Love Point Hotel. The hotel had Saturday night dances, an amusement park and boardwalk.
Many days can be spent wandering among the various attractions on Kent Island - antiqueing and sightseeing. Ferries and bridges, many of them drawbridges, cross some of the rivers and creeks. You really don't know what you'll see around the next corner!
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