County is the gateway to the Eastern Shore from the Bay Bridge, which crosses the Chesapeake from Annapolis, and points west.
Many are familiar with the general landscape from Route 50, but there are many small towns - Stevensville, Chester, Grasonville, Centreville (The County Seat) and villages that offer you that first glimpse of the historic, quaint and rural charm of the Eastern Shore.
Queen Anne's County was named for the then reigning Queen of England, and was officially organized in 1706. Each town has a unique flavor, from the waterfront village of Queenstown in the south, to Sudlersville in the north, which is surrounded by the farmland that has sustained the community for three centuries.
Queenstown was the original county seat and in the 18th century was a shipping port of such significance that it was attacked by the British during the war of 1812. A nationally acclaimed golf course and the largest designer outlet center in the state are the current landmarks.
Centreville is the center of government operations and has been since incorporation in 1794, but settlement dates back to the establishment of St. Paul's Parish in 1692.
Kent Island, the first English settlement in Maryland was predated only by colonies at Jamestown and Plymouth Rock. In August 1631, William Claiborne landed here and established an outpost for trading. His founding is acknowledged now only by a historic marker, but the island has evolved into a base of commercial enterprises and residential population for the county. Embraced by the Chester River on the north and the Eastern Bay on the south the Kent Narrows channel divides it from the mainland.
Kent Narrows was, for generations, a bustling center of commercial seafood processing, with as many as twelve packing houses operating at once, and hundreds of watermen bringing the catch to the docks. Today, the tradition continues and fresh seafood is featured on the menu at unique dining establishments in the area. Marine businesses, dock bars, and events also make "The Narrows" a popular destination for pleasure boaters and tourists.