Day Trip: Chestertown Tea Party Festival

Chestertown Tea Party Festival



The Eastern Shore once again plays host to the Chestertown Tea Party Festival — an event not to be confused with any political affiliation.

"In an era that has seen so many radical tea party political movements, the historic pageant in the tiny hamlet stands apart as a genuine slice of Americana, whose only aspiration is to remind its community of its storied past and celebrate being good neighbors," wrote organizers of the annual celebration that began in 1975.

The festival commemorates a May 1774 incident, when Chestertown residents — in response to England's closing of the port of Boston — gathered at the town center, marched down High Street to the brigantine Geddes and tossed its cargo of tea overboard.

The re-enactment of that patriotic act is the centerpiece of the event and will take place on Saturday, May 28.

Other activities include a parade down Main Street, tours onboard the schooner Sultana, live demonstrations of Colonial life, music, wine tastings, historic Colonial theater, food and more than 100 vendors of Colonial crafts.


The festival takes place along the Chester River and in the historic district of Chestertown


May 27-29

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Go to or call 215-431-6671

—Tribune Newspapers