This Week’s Kent County History Quiz: Why was Hail Point Important in Kent County History?

A. Its clear views.

B. Its wildlife.

C. Its sandy beaches.

D. Its lighthouse.

This Week’s Answer: Its clear views.

Hail Point (in early days known as Hell’s Point) is located at the southeastern point of Eastern Neck island.  It is considered a “cape”– a point of land extending into a body of water but different from a peninsula, which narrows as it reaches the mainland.

It was important in the early history of Kent County because of its location where ships arriving and leaving Kent County by way of the mouth of the Chester River at the Chesapeake Bay could be seen and monitored.  After New Yarmouth was designated the first Kent County Port of Entry by the 1685 Act for the Advancement of Trade, lookouts at Hail Point would alert the authorities of approaching vessels.

When Chestertown became Kent County’s second Seat of Court in 1706 and also the Port of Entry, it is suggested that Hail Point probably remained an important lookout point for ships on business as well as those “up-to-no-good.”

Today Hail Point, including Hail Creek and Hail Cove, is part of the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1962.  It is managed by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which keeps a vigilant eye out for constant threats to this precious haven for migratory birds and abundant wildlife from “shoreline erosion, storm damage and climate change.”

As always, the Pilot is grateful for all researchers and their contributions that have preceded ours.  For further reference, the Maryland State Archives holds many early records.

The Kent County History Quiz is a weekly local brainteaser sponsored by The Peoples Bank. Kent County historian and author Joan Horsey and columnist Kate Meehan contribute to the quiz’s development. Our goal is to create an opportunity for local learning and discussion. If you have a quiz idea, send it to steve@kentpilot.org.