Chester River is a major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay on the Delmarva
Map of the rivers of the Eastern Shore
of Maryland with the Chester and its watershed highlighted.
It is about long, and its watershed
encompasses 368 mi², which includes 295 mi² of land. Thus the total
watershed area is 20% water. It forms the border between Kent
County and Queen Anne's County, Maryland, with its
headwaters extending into New Castle County and Kent County, Delaware.
Chestertown, the county seat of Kent
County is located on its north shore.
It is located
south of the Sassafras River
north of Eastern Bay
, and is connected
with Eastern Bay through Kent
Chester River begins at Millington, Maryland, where Cypress Branch and Andover Branch join
together. It ends at the Chesapeake Bay in a very wide mouth between
Love Point on Kent Island, and Swan Point, near Gratitude, Maryland. Cypress Branch rises
in southwestern New Castle County, Delaware, and Andover
Branch, with its tributary, Sewell Branch, rises in northwestern
Millington is the head of navigation
Its main tributaries are Langford Creek and Morgan Creek on the
north side and the Corsica River and Southeast Creek on the south
side. There are also several small creeks on the northern shore,
including Church Creek, Grays Inn Creek, Shippen Creek, Jarrett
Creek, Browns Creek, Broad Creek, Dam Creek, Radcliffe Creek, and
Mills Branch. On the southern shore the small creeks include
Queenstown Creek, Tilghman Creek, Reed Creek, Grove Creek,
Hambleton Creek, Foreman Branch and Unicorn Branch.
has it that in 1774, colonists boarded a British ship anchored in
the Chester River at Chester Town, also called New Town on Chester,
and threw its load of tea overboard, mimicking
the Boston Tea
Party and its act of defiance against King George III.
came to be known as the Chestertown Tea Party
While primary source documents show that Chestertown residents did
have at least one meeting to discuss the presence of tea aboard the
locally-owned merchantman Geddes
, and later the residents
sent food to aid the blockaded Bostonians, contemporary source
material has yet to be found.