The county seat of Kent County, on Maryland's Upper Eastern Shore, Chestertown is surrounded by the rich tapestry of farmland and Chesapeake Bay estuaries that almost surround the county with water.
The White Swan Tavern has been a familiar landmark in Chestertown since pre-Revolutionary War days. Not far from the great Eastern cities of Baltimore, Washington, and Philadelphia, the White Swan Tavern is a quiet, elegant historic inn nestled in the history of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay region. The White Swan is for those who treasure serene streets, birdsong mornings, impeccable service, and the grace of New World Tradition.
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Christian Havemeyer on the Preservation of the White Swan Tavern
It was at the White Swan that I stayed, my friend ,and host, Wayne being the Inn-keeper. And it was here that I gave my lecture to a group of interested people from the locality.
Today the tavern operates as a bed and breakfast, offering accommodations and afternoon tea, as well as amenities for small conferences, weddings, and receptions. Just as it was described in the 18th century, the White Swan remains "a comfortable... Public House... with every attention given to render comfort and pleasure to such as favor it with their patronage."
The interior of the white Swan could well make the weary traveller believe he/she was experience a time warp with its exquisite and tasteful period furnishings.
The ambiance throughout the whole of the Inn was that of the 18th Century.
The old riverside mansions have benn beautifully, and tastefully restored, harking back to their glory days and the cotton plantations which enabled their being built.
Also to be found some of the very early wooden stuctured buildings, awaiting restoration. It is well to bear in mind that the restoration of these old house has been a continuing and on-going process since the 70's. A labour of love, so to speak. One which provides employment for many of the local tradesmen wo lovingly and caringly carry out the refurbishment of what, in some instances, are almost derelict buildings.
A work in progress, so to speak.