Maryland Maritime Heritage Foundation


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We are the Maryland, Maritime Heritage Foundation. 

We are neither port nor starboard, fore or aft. We are the keel down, middle of the boat, giving it strength and purpose. We do what we all like doing the most: maintaining, preserving and restoring our classic and historical boats on land and enjoying them on the water!

We are the helping hand of classic and historical boat ownership. With hundreds of years of hands-on experience, our members have the institutional knowledge and resources to help you acquire and maintain your “Pride & Joy”. We work together to help each other solve problems and answer questions about running and maintaining our classic boats. In short, we help take the anxiety out of old boat ownership!

Through the Maryland Maritime Heritage Festival, a 501-c3 non-profit organization, we host an annual boat festival on the beautiful waterfront in Chestertown, Maryland dedicated to showcasing the legacy of traditional Chesapeake Bay Working, Sailing, Racing and Recreational boats. 

We invite you to be a part of this exciting journey as we gather together to enjoy our passion for these beautiful historic and classic boats – on and off the water!

As an added attraction at BoatoberFest, Maryland Maritime Heritage Foundation will feature a one-day display of Classic Boats and Cars on October 7, 2023.  The event will be held in Kent Narrows, 3032 Kent Narrow Way S, Grasonville, MD 21638

  • Classic Boats and Cars will proudly be on display from 9:30 am till 4:00 pm.
  • Spectators are welcome at no charge.

Boat and Car Pre-Registration is required. Click on “Events” at the top of this page then scroll down to “BoatoberFest.” ALL Boats and Cars must be at least 25 years old to participate. Sorry no drive-ins. The safety of all guests, participants, and their property is our absolute priority at all times. Thanks again for coming out!

Further information for additional events planned for October is available at

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