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. 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.

NOTICE OF CLOSURE – DUE TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS, SUMNER HALL IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.   EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH HAVE BEEN CANCELLED OR POSTPONED.  CONTACT US (info@sumnerhall.org) WITH ANY QUESTIONS.  OUR PROJECT STAFF AND SEVERAL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS WILL BE WORKING REMOTELY.

SACRJ’s Feed the Children and Elderly Initiative! Can you help ensure that Kent County children and elderly will receive nutritious food during this Cornavirus Shut Down?  Here is how you can contribute to this important community effort: please click here. Volunteers are needed to support this project! To learn more, email sacracialjustice@gmail.com. For progress reports: click here.

FACE MASK CHALLENGE! Forty participants in the Face Mask Challenge have made and distributed almost 1,000 homemade face masks to medical workers in our community since March 15, 2020!  Thanks to the Kent County Health Department, the Chester River Health Foundation, and members of the Face Mask Challenge team, these masks are either being used or ready for use in our community. Every mask made makes a real difference and a big round of applause is due to the Face Mask Challenge Team. To learn more about this project: call Cheryl Hoopes at 410-703-3321 or send an email to admin@sumnerhall.org.  Finished masks may be placed in sealed plastic bags and put in the large collection box that is on the back porch of Sumner Hall. 

Ordinarily, Sumner Hall is open each Saturday of the year from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 am until 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.

Our current exhibition is Spirits Rejoice by Kyle Hackett.