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Washington College

300 Washington Avenue
Chestertown, Maryland 21620

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Welcome to Washington College, where George Washington never slept. But he did walk the streets of Chestertown, donate 50 guineas to our founding, and serve on the Board of Visitors and Governors.

Perfectly situated.

Our setting may be a historic river town surrounded by farmland, but it’s also an easy drive to D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia. We think it’s the best of both worlds. Traffic congestion only when you want it.

State-of-the-Art Facilities.

Our first-class facilities are equipped to handle your every need. Do not let the historic buildings and colonial architecture fool you - our meeting spaces and classrooms are second to none in the region. From our full performing arts theaters and concert hall to out NCAA athletic facilities, we take pride in our campus as being among the best in the country.

Conference Services.

Allow our full-time, professional meeting planners cater to your every need. Our in-house culinary team will create custom menus including unique and regional fare to make your event memorable. Washington College's overnight accommodations are available from May through August and feature new, modern, suite-style housing, as well as standard housing options to suite your program and budget.

Contact us today so we may show you the difference Washington College can make to your special event!

Washington College - Where Great Minds Have Met Since 1782

Nearby Cities & Number of Miles:
Baltimore, MD (66 mi.) Washington, DC (78 mi.) Philadelphia, PA (87 mi.) Annapolis, MD (47 mi.) Easton, MD (36 mi.)
Nearest Airport/ Number of Minutes:
Baltimore Washington International (BWI)/Philadelphia International (PHL) / 80
Mid-May through early August.
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Our in-house culinary team will create custom menus including unique and regional fare to make your event memorable
Complete Meeting Package:
Ideally suited for:
Corporate Social Events
Outdoor Event Space
Social/Special events
Wedding Receptions
Youth Event/Meetings/Camps

Event Spaces

Meeting RoomDescriptionsSquare Footage
Kirby Stadium SkyBox The SkyBox at Kirby Stadium is a great venue for a meeting, retreat, or special event. Easily accessible by elevator and with plenty of convenient parking available this is the perfect space for your next function. The room features built-in technology, excellent sound system, a catering prep kitchen, and sweeping views of the Kibler Field at Kirby Stadium as well as the west side of campus.

Gibson Center for the Arts The Gibson Center for the Arts is situated at the heart of the Washington College campus. This venue houses three performance theaters as well as dressing rooms, a set shop, dance studio, band rehearsal room, standard classrooms, individual music rehearsal rooms, and the critically acclaimed Kohl Gallery.

The Decker Theatre This performance/lecture space is designed for public access for major events. The Decker Theatre offers seating in the main orchestra section and balcony.

Hotchkiss Recital Hall Washington College has a space devoted specifically to the performance of music. The space is just the right size for community and private recitals. It has appropriate acoustics, seating, and lighting geared toward the performance of music.

The Tawes Theatre This performance space is ideal for its versatility and size, as well as its lighting and sound capabilities. Modeled after the Greek amphitheaters, the experimental black box theater has steeply raked horseshoe-shaped seating that brings all audience members close to the action onstage. Audiences enter directly from the main lobby area and through a covered passageway. A gallery around the space provides crew access to the control booth and to the three overhead lighting catwalks; the gallery also provides additional lighting positions. The control booth contains state-of-the-art lighting and sound control and designated projection positions. It is wired for network and broadcast capabilities. The space also serves as a lighting and design lab. Acting and directing classes regularly use the space.

Hodson Hall Commons The Hodson Hall Commons serves as the main student center for Washington College and is home to the many retail food service options and the all-you-care-to-eat dining hall. Within the building you will also find the College's game room (The Goose Nest), a multipurpose room (The Egg), as well as the Hynson and Faculty Lounges.

The Egg Perfect for dances, social events, movie viewings, and meetings The Egg is located on the first floor of the Hodson Hall Commons. This room is a guest favorite based on the flexibility, built-in technology, and great location. The room has double doors around the entire exterior that spills into our spacious lobby for additional function space.

The Goose Nest Serving as a lounge, game room, and general hang-out space this venue is the perfect place to unwind at the end of a long day. Five DH televisions with gaming systems and DVD capabilities, along with a large projection TV perfect for sowing movies or a PowerPoint presentation this room has it all. Game room attendants can be hired to distribute the billiards, table tennis, air hockey, and Foosball equipment. Ask your meeting planner about using the popcorn machine in order to give your guests a special treat!

Hynson Lounge The historical Hynson Lounge is located inside the original Hodson Hall building. This room has all the high-end finishes and grandeur you would expect in a ballroom. Just off the room is the Executive Dining Room used for small seated meals and buffets. This room is completely outfitted with built-in technology perfect for a board meeting, corporate retreat, or banquet.

Faculty Lounge The cozy Faculty Lounge is the perfect setting for a board retreat, committee meeting, or casual luncheon. The room has a great flexible layout and a gas burning fireplace. Technology for this room can be provided by our knowledgeable Media Services team.


  • In Any Event
    Menu options are very flexible to accommodate various needs and budgets.
    >>> menu (PDF)
  • In Style
    This menu is a higher tier for those extra special occasions.
    >>> menu (PDF)


Facility# of Rooms# of BedsRoom TypeBath TypeA/C
Sassafras Hall 26 104 Suite/Apartment Style Private yes
Chester Hall 25 100 Suite/Apartment Style Private yes
Harford Residence Hall 14 90 Suite/Apartment Style Private yes
Western Shore Residence Halls 44 175 Suite/Apartment Style Private yes
Minta Martin Hall 85 149 Residence Halls Communal yes
Reid Hall 35 65 Residence Halls Communal yes
Caroline House 43 81 Residence Halls Communal yes
Queen Anne's House 33 59 Residence Halls Communal yes
Kent House 38 74 Residence Halls Communal yes
Cullen Residence Hall 53 94 Residence Halls Communal yes
Hill Residence Halls 49 70 Residence Halls Communal yes
Quad Residence Halls 72 72 Suite/Apartment Style Shared yes
Holiday Inn Express and Suites 81 142 Nearby Hotels Private yes
Comfort Suites 53 78 Nearby Hotels Private yes
The Imperial Hotel 13 25 Nearby Hotels Private yes


  • Salad Bar
    Hodson Hall Commons
    Seating Capacity: 600
    In the main dining hall, guests will find made-to-order meals along with self-serve options allowing for a customized dining experience. Seating arrangements include large and small dining areas on the main floor with a mezzanine-level lounge furnished with couches, standing lamps and coffee tables perfect for informal dining.
    >>> menu (PDF)
  • Burger
    Grab and Go
    Seating Capacity: 150
    Casual dining is located on the first floor of the Hodson Commons. Operating until late evening, options include Mondo Subs, Martha’s Kitchen – serving an eclectic menu of locally grown food in a flexible format, and the campus coffee bar, Java George. These specialty-dining venues offer weekly specials and promotions.
    >>> menu (PDF)
  • Java George
    Seating Capacity: 25
    Caribou Coffee, Great Tasting Bakery, Sandwiches, Salads, Smoothies &
    Fresh Made Grab and Go Selections.


Event Registration Let our knowledgeable staff create a custom event registration page for your next program. Collect important guest information, collect fees, and manage your event all through a comprehensive, easy-to-use custom website. Contact your meeting planner to find out more. *Additional fees may apply


Audio Packages All facility rentals (subject to availability) includes audio support including mics, PA systems, and music playback. Custom packages for fully engineered audio support, performance audio production, and sound mixing may also be available for an additional fee.

Smart Classrooms & Meeting Rooms Many of Washington College’s classrooms and meeting facilities have state-of-the-art media including laptop connections, built-in computers, desktop cameras, projectors, surround sound, Blu-ray DVD, and SMART Boards available at no extra charge. Our friendly IT support staff are available to assist you with the use of your in-room technology.

Teleconference & Webinar Meet from anywhere! Ask your conference planner about arranging a conference call over the phone from any campus facility or hosting a Webinar using the College’s high-speed internet connection.

Campus WiFi Wireless internet connectivity is available throughout the campus including the residence halls by using the WC-Guest network. Log-in credentials can be obtained by contacting your meeting planner. For faster service, consider sending a list of your guests who require WiFi access to your meeting planner in advance of your arrival.

Area Attractions

Chestertown, MD Welcome to Chestertown, Maryland on the banks of the Chester River. A visit to Chestertown offers a blend of history, arts, shopping, and an exciting variety of lodging and dining experiences. Home to the Schooner Sultana, Chestertown provides a link to the maritime heritage of the Chester River and the Chesapeake Bay.

Schooner Sultana The Schooner Sultana is a replica of a Boston-built merchant vessel that served for four years as the smallest schooner ever in the British Royal Navy. Using the British Admiralty’s meticulous documentation of the original Sultana, she has been recreated with outstanding detail and offers all who sail aboard her a terrific glimpse of 18th century seafaring life. Launched in 2001, and based in the historic port of Chestertown, Maryland, Sultana now sails as the “Schoolship of the Chesapeake,” providing unique educational programs for more than 5,000 students each year.

Queenstown Premium Outlets 65 Outlet Stores. Find impressive savings at Adidas, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Gucci, J.Crew, Michael Kors, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren.

Mears Great Oak Landing Great Oak Landing is a 70 acre marina resort with all the services and amenities a discerning captain demands. A full service restaurant, 28 room lodge, banquet and party facilities, swimming pool, fitness room, full service fuel dock, recreation center, six hole golf course, live weekend entertainment and Jellyfish Joel's Beach Bar await slipholders and transient boaters alike.

Blue Crab Chesapeake Charters Award Winning Private Day and Sunset Sailing Cruises. Departing From Waterman's Crab House at the Foot of Sharp St. in Rock Hall, MD.