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Campus Life


Local life in Chestertown is on deeply-rooted in community and tradition. The town itself is older than the College, dating back to 1706, when it was established as a major port town on the Chester River. Beloved for its historic homes, brick walkways, and close-knit feel, the town warmly welcomes the students of Washington College each year. 

Put Yourself Out There

For nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, there is plenty to do off the confines of campus. Take a walk or bike ride on the campus-adjacent Rail Trail. Join in a pick-up game at the local basketball park. Explore the many creeks and marshes of the Chester River by kayak. Board the Schooner Sultana for a scenic boat ride and a history lesson on the vessel. For those with a passion for fishing or hunting, cast a line at one of the many local public landings or contact a hunting guide service to experience the world-famous local waterfowl scene.

Enjoy Local Culture

Beyond a weekly Saturday stroll to the Farmers Market in the Fountain Park or the monthly First Friday celebration, Chestertown hosts a multitude of fun festivals and events for locals and WC students alike, from the fun of the Chestertown Harry Potter Festival, to the steeped-in-tradition Chestertown Tea Party and the crisp, autumnal celebration that is Downrigging Weekend and the Wildlife Festival

Appreciate the Arts

The Chestertown area has a wonderful array of attractions for those interested in the arts. The Arts and Entertainment District of Chestertown is full of opportunities to take in some local culture. With over 10 different art galleries and studios to visit, along with the Prince Theatre at Garfield Center for the Arts, there is always something to see, feel, or take in.


Chestertown and the surrounding environs offer some charming B&Bs, in addition to two national hotel chains just a few blocks from campus.

View local accommodations on TripAdvisor or visit Chestertown’s directory of accommodations.