Main Street Chestertown has relocated to visitors center; ribbon-cutting is June 20

CHESTERTOWN — Main Street Historic Chestertown Inc. has moved its offices from town hall at 118 N. Cross St. to the Kent County Visitors Center at 122 N. Cross St.

There will a ribbon-cutting ceremony and social time to celebrate the grand opening of the new location from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20.

Constructed by the Town of Chestertown and opened in January 2003, the visitors center was made possible through a blend of funding sources, including federal Transportation Enhancement Program funds, a State of Maryland Legislative bond bill and revenue from Chestertown’s hotel tax, according to a news release. 

Executive Director Nina Fleegle said Main Street Chestertown will manage the first floor of the visitors center, described as “a bright, welcoming space” with amenities for visitors, including conveniently located public restrooms and tourism information on Chestertown and Kent County.

Maps, brochures and insider tips from staff are available along with information on the best places to dine, shop, explore and learn about upcoming events and attractions.

Soon there will be an updated selection of gifts and merchandise, including Chestertown-, Main Street- and Washington College-branded items.

The visitors center will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Hours will be extended during special events.

Established in 2008 and revitalized in 2016, Main Street Chestertown has obtained and directly invested more than $1.5 million in grant funding into Chestertown’s historic district, according to the news release.

Through a combination of streetscape enhancements, marketing and public relations efforts, special events, tourism initiatives and a successful facade improvement grant program, Main Street Chestertown is helping to create a more vibrant downtown. 

In the news release, Fleegle said: “We are excited to share the Visitors Center with our friends and neighbors. We are looking forward to making it a community-focused space and a cornerstone for downtown and Main Street Chestertown.”

Main Street Chestertown also is working with its local partners and Design Collective Inc., an award-winning design firm specializing in community master plans, to create a long-term downtown master plan for Chestertown.

A public workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 at the Chestertown firehouse, 211 Maple Ave. All are encouraged to attend. 

Main Street Historic Chestertown Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to preserving, enhancing and promoting historic downtown Chestertown. For more information, visit mainstreetchestertown.org.

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