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.
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 email@example.com to arrange a visit.
NOTICE OF CLOSURE – DUE TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS, SUMNER HALL IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. CONTACT US (firstname.lastname@example.org) WITH ANY QUESTIONS. OUR PROJECT STAFF AND SEVERAL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS ARE WORKING REMOTELY.
“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about” – Margaret J. Wheatley
Sumner Hall Beautification Project!
We are getting a new look, thanks to volunteers working on the Sumner Hall Beautification! Monitor our progress throughout the year.
Sumner Hall is proud to partner with the Social Action Committee for Racial Justice (SACRJ)
The Social Action Committee for Racial Justice (SACRJ), formed in 2017, is a community effort to learn, grow, and take action against racism in Kent County Maryland. It meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in Sumner Hall, Chestertown MD. It’s 200 plus members represent all races, classes and cultures of Kent County. SACRJ is currently managing Feed the Children and Elderly Initiative, in addition to its ongoing social justice programs and projects. Find out more by clicking here. Sumner Hall supports the work of SACRJ by providing meeting space along with public information, administrative and financial management services. For more information call 410.417.7295.
Our current exhibition is Answering the Question by Gordon Wallace.