Sunday July 23, 2017

Living in Galena

Here's what makes our small town great!

What makes Galena such a great place to live? We may be biased, but we believe that Galena is the perfect small town for professionals, families, and retirees looking for a place to call home. In addition to our active local Government, charming businesses, and annual events, this page will give you more information on what makes Galena a great place to call home.

Galena Pride

Galena is a beautiful place to live, with classic American historic architecture, and just a stone's throw away from the scenic Sassafras River. The town's Beautify Galena project has been working hard to restore the town's famous dogwoods, to great effect when they bloom during the annual Dogwood Festival. Galena also boasts a high owner occupancy rate, and great pride of ownership among its residents; there is no "bad side" of Galena. Check out the latest SCORE demographic report to learn more about the people who make up our community.


Students in Galena are served by both the Kent County Public School system, a number of small private schools, and several colleges and universities in the Maryland and Delaware region. Galena Elementary serves local students from pre-K through fifth grade. Kent County Middle School serves grades six through eight and Kent County High School serves students from the ninth grade through twelfth grade.

Galena Elementary Schoolers and Principal Dawn Vangrin

Galena Elementary School third-graders with Principal Dawn Vangrin (center, covered in silly string)

Private schools in the area include Kent School in Chestertown (preschool through eighth grade), Radcliffe Creek in Chestertown (kindergarten through eighth grade, as well as preschool through the Little Creek program), Eastern Shore Junior Academy in Sudlersville (serves pre-k through twelfth, affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist church), Friendship Montessori School in Worton for ages 2-6, and Chestertown Christian Academy serving kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Post-secondary education is provided through both two-year, four-year, and graduate programs at schools in both Maryland and Delaware, including: Chesapeake College, Washington College, Cecil College, University of Delaware, Delaware State, Wilmington University, and Delaware Technical Community College.

Places of Worship

St. Dennis Catholic ChurchSt. Dennis Catholic Church

St. Dennis serves as the faith community to Catholics from Cecil, Kent, and Queen Anne's Counties. During the summer, the church receives hundreds of visitors that make St. Dennis their church of choice while vacationing on the Eastern Shore. Additionally, St. Dennis is home to a large Hispanic community living in the area. St. Dennis has Mass Saturday at 5:30Pm, Sunday at 8:00AM and 10:30AM, and Mass en Espanol Sundays at 4:00PM.

Olivet United Methodist Church Olivet United Methodist Church

Olivet United Methodist Church was founded as a spiritual community in 1773. Today, Olivet is still an active and growing church concerned with spreading the "Good News" in the community and the world. Sunday School runs September through May and starts at 9:30AM. Church services are on Sundays at 9:00AM and 11:00AM. The Church community maintains an active program of education and spiritual growth throughout the year. Everyone is welcome and invited to be a part of Christian family.

Photo of Olivet United Methodist Church by Rick F.