Welcome to Sumner Hall!  Located in historic Chestertown on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, this is one of two existing African American G.A.R. buildings still standing in the United States and the only one offering regular programs.  Built circa 1908 and fully restored in 2014, it serves today as a museum, education site, performance stage, social hall, gallery and community center.  Sumner Hall is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, funded by donations and memberships.

Sumner Hall is open each Saturday of the year from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 am-noon – unless otherwise noted here on our website.  We are pleased to open the museum other times by appointment. Contact us at info@sumnerhall.org to make an arrangement.

To learn more about our African American Legacy and Heritage in Jazz, Blues and Gospel Series:  please click here

Sumner Hall’s current exhibition:  Amazing Grace – Historic African American Churches of Kent County.