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Colonists (re-enactors) are thrown overboard with the tea by the crew of the Brig Geddes.
The Re-enactment: Rebel colonists are thrown overboard with the tea by the crew of the Brigantine Geddes. Photo: Gibson Anthony

Chestertown Tea Party Festival

As a reaction to the British closing the port of Boston after the Boston Tea Party, the citizens of Chestertown wrote a set of resolves that prohibited the buying, selling, or drinking of tea, and, in an act of colonial defiance, held their own tea party on the Chester River in Chestertown five months later in May 1774. The festival commemorates the historic event with a re-enactment of the "tea party," parade, colonial music and dance, fife and drum performances, puppet shows, colonial crafts demonstrations and sales, military drills, and a walking tour of the historic district. This historic town was established in 1706. Other activities offered are boat rides, music, Maryland Eastern shore food, a ten-mile distance run (the oldest in the U.S.), and children's games and storytelling.

Originally submitted by: Wayne T. Gilchrest, Representative (1st District).

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