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Kent County

    Land Area
  • 279.43 square miles
  • Sea level to 102'
  • Annual Rainfall: 42.8"
  • Annual Snowfall: 20.2"
  • Summer Avg Temp: 75º
  • Winter Avg Temp: 35º
    Population Estimates
  • 1990 - 17,842
  • 1995 - 18,775
  • 2000 - 19,197
  • 2005 - 19,800
  • 2010 - 20,150

The Chester River curls past grand homes of wealthy merchants from the 18th and 19th centuries. Among the town's finest historic buildings are the Hynson-Ringgold House, renowned for its unusual antler staircase and hip roof, and Wide Hall, a masterpiece of Georgian architecture built in 1769 by Thomas Smyth, Kent County's most prosperous merchant and an illustrious Revolutionary War figure. An old Customs House dating from the 1740s stands beside the public dock at the foot of High Street. Its detailed Flemish Bond brickwork is commonplace in many old town residences.

The popular Candlelight Walking Tour, sponsored each September by the Kent County Historical Society, offers a leisurely peek into many spectacular homes. Historic house tours are also featured in October and December; most garden tours are sponsored in spring and summer.

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