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, educational site, performance stage, social hall, and gallery.  Sumner Hall is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, funded by donations and memberships.

Although our building is closed to the public due to the current public health crisis, our volunteers and project staff members continue to produce exhibits in public spaces and offer programs virtually. These are made possible by individual and organizational members and donors. Show your love for Sumner Hall by becoming a member or by making a donation today!

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We would like to hear from you! To contact us, please call 443.282.0023 and leave a message or send us an email:  info@sumnerhall.org;  we will be back in touch with you soon.  Or, you may contact us by mail.  Our address is 208 South Queen Street, Chestertown, Maryland 21620.

Sumner Hall Celebrates Black History Month!

Sumner Hall is pleased to offer a special exhibition and several programs during Black History Month 2021! 

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Henry Highland Garnet Books Now Available!

One of America’s most celebrated crusaders for racial justice, Henry Highland Garnet, was born enslaved in Kent County in 1815. Since his story is not well known, George Shivers has written two children’s books – a coloring book and a chapter book – that have been published by Sumner Hall.


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