Community Plans - Unincorporated County Planning Areas
Captain John Smith sailed up the Chesapeake in 1608 and landed on Kent Island, however, it was almost another 100 years before the County was officially “founded” in 1706 and named for the reigning British monarch, Queen Anne. Kent Island has continued to serve as a gateway onto Maryland’s Eastern Shore, at first bringing passengers by steamboat and ferry service and continuing with the construction of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge so Western Shore vacationers can reach the beach.
Growth and change have been a way of life in Kent Island communities of both Chester and Stevensville since the opening of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Chester and Stevensville historically have been the fastest growing communities in Queen Anne’s County, largely due to their proximity to more metropolitan area markets and availability of public water and sewer. In 2004 with the update to both the Chester and Stevensville community plans it was decided by the citizen advisory committee to combine the two planning areas into one community plan.
The community of Grasonville was historically known as Piney Creek, then Winchester and later renamed after Maryland's Governor Grason. The community was first established as a village core; a string of homes and small businesses along the County's historic "Main Street" (MD Rt. 18) in a location that had good commercial access to local waterways. When US 50/301 was built to bypass just north of the village, business activity began to focus on the highway instead of Main Street.
The Kent Narrows is a waterfront village that has been a hub of marine related industry and recreational activities for generations. Kent Narrows is a unique land setting that is defined by Chesapeake Bay waters and a channel that bisects the area. The channel, aptly named Kent Narrows, provides idealized Eastern Shore atmosphere and setting. Several packing plants process the catch from a large oyster, crab and clam fleet that moors along Kent Narrows channel separating Kent Island from the Eastern Shore mainland. You can watch the bustle of Kent Narrows while dining at one of the waterside restaurants where seafood is served fresh from the dock to your table.