Located on the banks of the Chester River, the historic town of Chestertown is the county seat of Kent County, Maryland. Chestertown, once a thriving port of entry for colonial settlers into Maryland, has court records dating back to the 1640's. The town has many restored 18th century homes, lovely churches, the county courthouse, and several interesting shops. Grand houses built by wealthy merchants line the Chester River. Chestertown's shipbuilding past has been revived by the recent Schooner Sultana project. The Sultana, a replica of a traditional 18th century schooner, was constructed locally by a non-profit organization using traditional ship building skills and launched in May of 2001. The ship serves as a floating classroom offering unique, hands on educational opportunities for children and adults that focus on history and the study of the natural environment. If you'd like to get out on the Chester River, the Chester River Packet Company offers cruises on their 1920s-style tour boat. They offer a variety of day and night cruises, including luncheon, dinner, and Sunday brunch cruises. Chestertown is also the home of Washington College, one of the oldest colleges in the country.