If you caught our last blog, then you’ve already seen mention of the upcoming Chestertown Tea Party Festival, a celebration of Chestertown’s very own version of the Boston Tea Party. According to the rich oral history of our town, “on May 23, 1774, the local chapter of the Sons of Liberty…boarded the brig [Geddes] by force and dumped its tea into the Chester River” (TeachingHistory). You have a wonderful opportunity to take a peek at the past and revel in this much-anticipated local event on May 27-29, 2016. Let’s take a look at a few reasons to go ahead and make your plans to attend:
- The activities. Has your Memorial Day weekend ever included a tea toss reenactment? Well, now it can! Along with the historic reenactment, the Tea Party Festival promises a colonial parade, crafts and musicians, a raft race, street performers, a cocktail party, and even a 5k run and a 10k run.
- The location. Various festival activities will take place on High Street, at Wilmer Park, and at Town Dock on the Chester River. This puts you in proximity to fantastic downtown shops, delicious local restaurants, river activities, and more. (Furthermore, these activities are only 15-20 minutes away from Great Oak Manor, making our B&B the perfect beginning and end to your historic festivities!)
- The historic walking tours. Indulge in Chestertown’s history with a one-and-a-half hour walking tour. You’ll see the beautiful Georgian architecture of Widehall, the 18th century White Swan Tavern, the Hynson-Ringgold House (one of the oldest houses in Chestertown), and the inside of the Geddes-Piper House, headquarters of the Historical Society of Kent County.
We can’t think of a better way to kick off the summer season than with a local festival of historic proportions that’s also complemented by a B&B getaway. We look forward to seeing you soon at Great Oak Oak Manor!