Our Staff

John A. Woodfield, Jr - John is the president of the companies. Officially, he started in the Antique business back in 1971, while the real date was at a much younger age. His trademark is juggling 10 projects at once.

His business interests over the years number more than 50, including Woodfield's Eatery in Annapolis, Woodfield Furniture Mfg, The Blacksmith's Shop, Lincoln Antique and Furniture Center, Maryland Shore Auctioneers and on it goes.

In addition to running a number of business, he works as an appraiser, auctioneer, business consultant, and financial counselor.

He has undergone training from institutions not limited to, but including the following: The University of Indiana, Maryland Institute College of Art, Gemological Institute Of America, International Society of Appraisers, American Society of Appraisers, Missouri Auction School and others.

John's wide range of knowledge is of particular benefit to clients as he is known for ferreting out overlooked items of high value in estate situations.

Al Hickman - "Hicky" has been on our staff since 1987, (just celebrated his 30th anniversary at Chestertown Antique) and is indispensable. He is in charge of customer service, shipping, receiving, scheduling, ordering, estate and business removals and in short, is the "engine on the train who without wouldn't leave the station."

 

 

 

Josiah Woodfield - Josiah has spent the past 20 years working alongside his Dad (John Woodfield). He has aquired a broad knowledge of books, furniture, and antiques from many years of estate cleanouts & auctions with Dad. He is often able to sleuth out great buys on quality pieces and will often drive several hours for just the right piece.

Responsible for most of our advertising and online marketing, Josiah also enjoys being on the sales floor to greet customers and help them find the perfect products to meet their need and price budgets.

He managed a furniture company in Iowa during his college studies where he majored in Sacred Music and Biblical Theology. He currently holds a degree from Baptist College of America.

Josiah & his wife Jena just celebrated 5 years of marriage. They own and operate a small real estate rental company and also a small rare breed poultry farm. They also share an interest in antiques and furniture, operating online based businesses "Delmarva Antiques" & "The Unfinished Furniture Store".

Chrissy Boyles - Officially our bookkeeper, she not only keeps the accounting straight for all the businesses, but stops throughout the day to assist customers.

Lola Price- This is Lola's 2nd term with Chestertown Antique, returning from working a number of years with the Kent County Election Office. Ms. Lola has been a Kent County native her entire life and is a well known face to many of our customers. She helps with our sales department and also does a wonderful job with our linens and glassware sections keeping them neatly organizing and updating with merchandise.

Alan Firlein - Alan comes to us with 47 years experience in wholesale and retail automotive service and parts department management, working with distributors and dealers throughout the United States. Alan and his wife are residents of Rock Hall and he is an active participant of racing with Sports Club of America. Since joining our staff, he has helped with everything from sales to working with our internet book department to deliveries.

Steve "Freight-Train" Hadaway - Steve has been around the business for over thirty-five years and thinks nothing of driving hundreds of miles on deliveries. As one of our primary delivery drivers, most of our customers will quickly recognize Steve as the driver who goes the extra mile as he willingly helps move their old furniture and set up the new with a cheerful smile.

Our avid Railfan, he spends many of his weekends and off-days travelling the area to watch trains. In 2015 alone, Steve logged over 1,700 on his ever growing list of trains watched from Horseshoe Curve, PA to Gaithersburg, Havre De Grace, & Aberdeen, MD.

Bill Tripp- Mr. Bill is a retired glazier from major construction projects in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas. Looking for a part time job to keep busy in the midst of his retirement years, he joined our team in Summer 2017. He assists our team with deliveries, stocking, and furniture assembly.

Bill enjoys spending his weekends at his farm in Chincoteague, VA.

Marcus Minor - Marcus has been with our delivery team for several years now. He is one of our full-time drivers and assists Al with stocking and various responsibilities around the shop. He enjoys music and operates his own local recording studio.

Joanna Woodfield - Joanna spends many hours assisting Dad (John Woodfield) with our online sales of books, glassware, collectibles, & more. She also helps answer the phone and many other responsibilities.

Joanna enjoys playing the harp and piano and is an accomplished figure skater.

She is currently a senior in highschool and is looking towards attending college and advancing her studies in music and education.

Howard Bauer - Howard originally joined our staff over thirty years ago. He is now returning after a long absence. His many talents include decoy making, collecting, historian, and decoy restoring. He also writes a monthly column for the Toy Farmer Magazine. He is a graduate of Washington College and was previously in the Marine business as a certified marine electrician. He now wears many hats on staff here, waiting on customers, doing eBay listing and repairing furniture to name a few.

Julia Woodfield - Julia left us after her wedding in April 2014 to live in Lincoln, Illinois with her husband, James Kyte. She has spent many years working with our website, desktop publishing, and online businesses.

Julia has bachelor's degrees in Education and Music, as well as spending the past year with language studies. She is currently persuing her master's degree in education.

Julia is currently teaching music and following her interests in education and church ministry.

Jordan Davidson - Jordan has been with us since his early teenage years, assisting with our many deliveries.

He has since graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Computer Engineering and is now successfully employed in that field.

He was also married this summer of 2017 and we wish him and his wife the very best in the years to come.

Jordan still enjoys coming back home to work on weekends and holidays at Chestertown Antique & Furniture Center as time allows.

Ralph VanDyke - Ralph was with us since he retired from the phone company in 1992. Age has its rewards as he staked out our Pennsylvania delivery run which no matter where the delivery goes, the route always take him past the pretzel factory, hmmmm....

Mr. Ralph officially retired from our staff this past year but he is always welcomed and remembered for his many years of service.

Ralph Watson - By far the most the most senior staff member. For more years than we can remember, Mr. Ralph has built, fixed and maintained just about everything. Even with all that he does here, he is best known as Ms. Betty's husband. For over twenty-five years Ms. Betty was a much loved fixture of our store until her passing in 2003.

Mr. Ralph left our team in 2013 to join Ms. Betty.

He will be greatly missed.