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Historical Museum Guide for Maryland

A directory of Historical Museums in Maryland, categorized by county.

Taking a trip to Maryland?  A visit to these Maryland history museums and historical sites will allow you to soak up some local history and culture while you are there.  Step back in time and take a look at things through the eyes of early Maryland people.  Some history museums have virtual tours, local place histories, genealogy research data, and old historical photos online to view.  So sit back and take a historical trip from the comfort of home via cyberspace.

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Maryland History Museums

Allegany County

Allegany County Museum

Devoted to the history of Cumberland, Allegany County and the Western Maryland region, the museum features exhibits of historical artifacts, industrial archives, photographs and research publications. Located at 81 Baltimore Street, in the heart of the Historic Downtown Mall, in Cumberland, MD.

Canal Place Heritage Area   [History]

Centered around the C&O Canal, it is Maryland's first certified heritage area.  Located on Canal Street in Cumberland, MD.

F. Brooke Whiting Museum

This 1911 bungalow was built for the prominent Brook Whiting family of Cumberland, MD.  Filled with antique furnishings and art, the home is located at 632 Washington Street in Cumberland.

Frostburg Museum   [Genealogy]

Housed in the 1899 Hill Street School building, the museum promotes and displays historical artifacts and documents related to the early history of Frostburg.  Located at the corner of Hill & Oak in Frostburg, MD.

Gordon Roberts House

Step back into the late 1800s when you visit this 1867 Second Empire style home.  Built for Judge Josiah Gordon and later occupied by the W. Milner Roberts family, the home is now a museum offering 3 floors of period furnishings and artifacts.  Located at 218 Washington Street in Cumberland, MD.

Mount Savage Museum

Focus is on the history of the Mount Savage area.  The museum is housed inside the Cardinal Mooney House (an 1840 miners house) and open by appointment only.  Located in the Mt. Savage Historic District in Mount Savage, MD.

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What looks like a medieval castle in Cumberland, Maryland was at one time the Cumberland National Guard Armory.  Built in 1925, the building actually features two round towers.  Today, the historic building is home to the Queen City Transportation Museum.  Museum features five major exhibits showcasing vehicles from a Conestoga Wagon to Model T's. The five major exhibits are: the National Road, Main Street USA circa 1900, Off To the Races, Early Aviation, and the B&O Railroad & Queen City Train Station History. Thirty-five original vehicles including carts, sleighs, wagons, carriages, and early automobiles are on display. Hands-on activities are available for children.  Located at 210 South Centre Street in Cumberland, MD.

Thrasher Carriage Museum

A large collection of horse drawn vehicles has been gathered in a 19th century warehouse.  Note: this collection is being moved to the Queen City Transportation Museum at 210 S. Centre Street in Cumberland, MD and will be opened in September 2007.

 

Anne Arundel County

Banneker Douglass Museum - African American Heritage

Dedicated to preserving Maryland's African American heritage, the museum offers many artifacts, historical documents and photographs related to black life in Maryland.  Located in the old Mount Moriah A. M. E. Church at 84 Franklin Street n Annapolis, MD.

Captain Salem Avery House Museum

The Chesapeake Bay Waterman's Museum is operated by the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society.  Exhibits include photos, story boards, and artifacts from a time when the building was used as a Masonic Fishing and Country Club.  Also on the museum site is the Ethel Andrews Memorial Library featuring a collection of historic materials related to South County and Shady Side families and businesses in particular.  Located at 1418 East West Shady Side Road in Shady Side, MD.

Hammond-Harwood House 1774   [Architectural Tour]

Built in 1774 for Matthias Hammond, a wealthy tobacco planter, this beautiful colonial home may be toured and contains period furnishings.  Located at 19 Maryland Avenue in Annapolis, MD.

Hancock's Resolution

Built by Stephen Hancock Jr. in the 1780s, this stone building was used during the War of 1812 and owned by the Hancock family until 1962.  Today, the farm is used as a museum to depict life on a market farm during the early 1800s.  Located at 2795 Bayside Beach Road in Pasadena, MD.

Historic Annapolis City Dock Webcam

Historic Londontown & Gardens

The park is 23 acres and is the site of historic London Town.

Maynard Burgess House

Built sometime around the 1850s by John Maynard, a free African American man, the house has been the site of extensive archaeological digs which have uncovered many interesting historical artifacts.  Not open to the public.  Located at 163 Duke of Gloucester Street in Annapolis, MD.

Shiplap House

Erected in 1715, this is one of the oldest buildings still standing in Annapolis.  Home to Edward Smith, it is named Shiplap House due to the way the siding is applied as in shipbuilding.  The home was used as an inn, tavern and other business.  Today, the Historic Annapolis Foundation utilizes the house for offices and there are exhibits related to the maritime history along with the recreation of the tavern.  Located at 18 Pinkney Street in Annaopolis, MD. 

William Brown House

William Paca House & Gardens

Built for William Paca (signer of the Declaration of Independence) between 1763 and 1765, the Georgian home is furnished with beautiful antiques and arts and features a lovely 2 acre garden.  Today, visitors can enjoy a guided tour to discover what life was like William Paca and his family.  Located at 186 Prince George Street in Annapolis, MD.

 

Baltimore City

Babe Ruth Birthplace and Orioles Museum

Baltimore American Indian Center

Baltimore Civil War Museum

Housed inside an 1849 train station, the museum is focused on the role of Maryland in the Civil War and how this train station was utilized in the escape of African slaves through the Underground Railroad.  Location is 601 President Street in Baltimore, MD.

Baltimore Maritime Museum

Baltimore Streetcar Museum

Devoted to the history of streetcars in Baltimore, the museum offers unlimited rides on original Baltimore streetcars and the presentation of exhibits and films related to these grand old streetcars.  Located at 1901 Falls Road in Baltimore, MD.

Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum  [Photo]

Fort McHenry National Monument and Shrine

Geppi's Entertainment Museum

A 17,000 square foot pop culture museum located on the second and third floors of historic Camden Station at Camden Yards in downtown Baltimore, MD, just a few blocks away from the city’s famed Inner Harbor. Stephen A. Geppi, founder of Diamond Comic Distributors (the largest English-language comic book distributor in the world), publisher of Baltimore Magazine, and part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles, presents this unique exhibition of Americana and comic character collectibles spanning the 1700s to the present day. The museum exhibits nearly 8,000 pop culture artifacts including comics, toys, dolls, games and memorabilia of every conceivable category, all presented in an exhibition that entertains as well as educates visitors about the role of pop culture in our lives. Located in the Camden Yards at 301 W. Camden Street in Baltimore, MD.

Great Blacks in Wax Museum

Dedicated to the study of African American history, this unique museum features wax figures of historical black Americans.  Location is 1601-03 East North Avenue in Baltimore, MD.

Historic Houses of Hopkins

Irish Shrine at Lemmon Street

Jewish History Museum of Maryland  [Collections Database]

Maryland Historical Society Museum

Focused on the rich heritage of Maryland, the museum features 18th and 19th century paintings, historical artifacts, antiques, and household items used in everyday life by early settlers.  Next to the entrance is Monument Street Garden.  The lovely garden has been on this site for over 150 years and includes fragments from old demolished Baltimore buildings.  Located at 201 W. Monument Street in Baltimore, MD.

Mother Seton House

Mount Clare Museum House   [History]

Maryland's first museum house is one of the oldest examples of colonial Georgian architecture in Baltimore.  The plantation home was built in 1760 by state Senator, Charles Carroll.  Maintained and operated by the National Society of Colonial Dames in America in the State of Maryland, the museum features a collection of over 3000 historical objects which includes paintings, furniture and decorative arts.  Visitors will learn about life on an 18th century plantation including the lives of enslaved Africans and indentured servants.  Situated in the center of Carroll Park at 1500 Washington Blvd in Baltimore, MD.

Old Otterbein Church  [History]

First constructed in 1771, the chapel was organized by members of the First German Reformed Church.  The present day church was built in 1785, making it the oldest church in continuous use in Baltimore.  Still open for Sunday worship services.  Tours are offered on weekdays.  Located next to the Baltimore Convention Center, the Church is at the corner of Sharp and Conway Streets in Baltimore, MD.

Robert Long House

Star Bangled Banner Flag House & Museum

 

Baltimore County

B & O Railroad Museum

The historic national landmark gives visitors a chance to explore, see, touch and hear the most important railroad collection in America.  Learn about the history of the railroad and even take a train ride.  Located at Located at 901 W. Pratt Street in Baltimore, MD.

Baltimore Museum of Industry

The museum is dedicated to the workers and small business people who built America.  Artifacts include an 1850s shipyard bell, an early wooden gas pipe laid by the nation's first gas company, an 1820s "Acorn" printing press, sewing machines and other things of history used by industrial workers in American history.  Located at 1415 Key Highway in Baltimore, MD.

Catonsville Historical Soc. - Townsend House & Pullen Museum

[Online Tour]

The Townsend House features an 18th century floor plan and is filled with antiques along with collections of historic artifacts.  Next door, inside what was previously the decorator workshop of Mrs. Townsend who was an antique dealer, is now the Pullen Museum which features Catonsville memorabilia and a small Genealogy Library where researchers will find genealogical information.  Located at 1824 Frederick Road in Catonsville, MD.

Fire Museum of Maryland

Learn about the history of fire fighting and the 1904 Baltimore fire.  Exhibits include antique fire apparatus and memorabilia. even a hands on discovery room where you can actually get on a 1938 mack firetruck!  Located at 1301 York Road in Lutherville, MD.

Hampton National Historic Site

The Georgian mansion is elegantly furnished and sits in the midst of beautiful gardens and trees.  Originally built as a country seat after the Revolutionary War, the house remains today as only a remnant of the Hampton estate of the early 1800s.  Today visitors can explore the Hampton and view artifacts and scenery which recreates a world where people lived and played 3 centuries ago as America became a nation.

National Great Blacks in Wax Museum

Dedicated to the study and preservation of African American history, the museum features life-size wax figures of personalities of African ancestry who have made contributions of historical importance to American History.  Located at 1601 E. North Avenue in Baltimore, MD.

 

Calvert County

Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum

[Photo Gallery]

Used as a train station from the late 1800s and early 1900s to bring people to the resort town of Chesapeake Beach, the depot closed in 1935 and now houses a museum offering insight into the history of the Chesapeake Beach area.  Located at 4155 Mears Avenue in Chesapeake Beach, MD.

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum

 

Caroline County

Choptank River Heritage Center &

Joppa Wharf Museum

Housed inside an historic schooner and steamboat warehouse at Joppa Steamboat Wharf, the heritage center strives to preserve and interpret the history and development of the Choptank River and the early river people who lived there.   Located at 10215 River Landing Road in West Denton, MD.

 

Carroll County

Carroll County Farm Museum

Guided tours and interpretation will bring the farm life of 1800s Maryland to life.  The farm  features original farm structures including the 1852 farmhouse, a bank barn, a smokehouse, a broom shop, saddlery, springhouse, general store, one-room schoolhouse, wagon shed and a living history center complete with artifacts, period furnishings and farming implements.  Located at 500 South Center Street in Westminster, MD.

Strawbridge Shrine

Union Mills Homestead and Grist Mill   [Photos]

 

Cecil County

 

Mount Harmon Plantation in 1974

Historic Rodgers Tavern

Mount Harmon Plantation  

[History]   [Photo Gallery]

A tobacco plantation home built ca 1730, it was home to Godfrey Harmon, who had received a land grant of 350 acres in 1651.  Today the home has been preserved and restored.  Tours are offered in the summer months and weddings are performed on the grounds.  Situated on 290 acres, the entire plantation is a nature preserve.  Mount Harmon Plantation is located in Earleville, MD.

Port Deposit's Paw Paw Heritage Museum   [History]

The museum is housed inside the Paw Paw Building which was built in 1821 as a Methodist Church.  Over the years, the building has served in many capacities.  Today it houses the historical collections of artifacts and documents related to the history of Port Deposit.  Located at 98 North Main Street in Port Deposit, MD.

 

Charles County

Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum

Located at 3725 Dr. Samuel Mudd Road in Waldorf, MD.

Piscataway Indian Museum 

Visitors will discover the history and culture of the Piscataway and other native peoples of the United States through exhibits, and historic artifacts.  The Piscataway Trading Post offers native arts and crafts for purchase.  Located at 16816 Country Lane in Waldorf, MD.

Smallwood State Park Retreat House

Originally known as Mattawoman Plantation, the home was built in 1760 by tobacco farmer William Smallwood.  The historic home has been restored and features period furnishings.  Tours are offered by costumed docents.  Located inside Smallwood Sate Park.  Smallwood State Park is at 2750 Sweden Point Road in Marbury, MD.

Thomas Stone National Historic Site

 

Dorchester County LaGrange Plantation  [Tour]

The Meredith House is home to the Dorchester County Historical Society.  Built in 1760, the home holds period furniture, portraits, china and other artifacts.  Featured are artifacts of the seven governors of Maryland from Dorchester County.  Located on the property are Goldsborough Stable, Neild Museum, Ron Rue Carvers Museum, Robbins Heritage Center, and the Stronghouse.  There is much to see at LaGrange Plantation. Located at 1003 Greenway Drive in Cambridge, MD.

Neild Museum  [Tour]

The museum houses a collection of artifacts from Colonial times used in an agricultural setting.  Located on LaGrange Plantation.

Ron Rue Carvers Museum

Operated by the Dorchester County Historical Society, the museum features a collection of carvings of duck decoys.  Located on LaGrange Plantation.

 

Frederick County

Monocacy National Battlefield

National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

 

Garrett County

Garrett County Historical Society & Museum

Providing a glimpse into the heritage of the Deep Creek Lake area, the museum features historical artifacts related to the history of Garrett County.  The society also houses a research library filled with family histories, historic photographs and documents.  Located inside Dailey's Park at 107 S. Second Street in Oakland, MD.

Spruce Forest Artisan Village

An arts and heritage center in the Appalachian Mountains in Western Maryland.  Historical buildings in the area include Stanton's Mill, Miller House, Casselman Bridge. Located at 177 Casselman Road in Grantsville, MD.

 

Harford County

Aberdeen Room Archives and Museum

Jerusalem Mill Village  [History]

The original tract created in 1687 was called Jerusalem.  In 1772 David Lee, a Quaker form Bucks County, PA established a gun manufactory to provide guns for the American Revolution.  Today, living history provides visitors insight into the one of the oldest and intact mill villages in Maryland.  Located inside Gunpowder Falls State Park at 2813 Jerusalem Road in Kingsville, MD.

Rock Run Grist Mill at Susquehanna State Park

This is one of several restored historical buildings at Susquehanna State Park.  The 3 story, water-powered mill was built in 1794 by John Stump and is fully operational today.  Demonstrations are held in the summer months and visitors may receive a free bag of ground corn.  Other buildings in the vicinity are The Toll House, Rock Run miller's house, Rock Run House, a 14 room stone mansion built in 1804 by John Carter.  All of this and more are located inside the park  which is located at 3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Road in Jarrettsville, MD.

Stepping Stone Museum

Living History - Preserves and demonstrates rural arts and crafts from the 1880-1920 time period.

Susquehanna Museum of Havre de Grace at the Lock House

 

Howard County

Historic Savage Mill

Built in 1822, this was a textile mill.  Today, visitors will find this enormous mill is full of antique shops, artist studios, restaurants and specialty shops.  Basically, a place for history, shopping and food, Savage Mill is located at 8600 Foundry Street in Savage, MD.

 

Kent County

Geddes Piper House

This historical home, located in Chestertown, houses the Kent Historical Society and offers materials for genealogy research of the area.  Located at 101 Church Alley in Chestertown, MD.

Historic Houses of Chesterton

Kent County Museum
Located in Kennedyville, this history museum is devoted to the rural history of Kent County.

Rock Hall Museum  [1876 map of Rock Hall and business guide]

Tolchester Beach Revisited

Learn about this 1877 amusement park / resort which at one time featured a grand hotel, a dance hall, bowling alleys, a bingo parlor, a roller skating rink, a miniature steam train, pony and goat  carts, boat rides, concessions and kewpie dolls.  Serving the Chesapeake Bay area for 85 years, there were steamers running day and night, and even a ferry bringing visitors to play at this well-known resort.  Located on Main Street in Rock Hall, MD.

The Waterman's Museum

Featuring exhibits about Chesapeake Bay crabbing and fishing along with historical photos and items related to the industry in Rock Hall.  Located at 20880 Rock Hall Avenue in Rock Hall, MD.

 

Montgomery County

Beall - Dawson House

This historic home built in 1815 is located in Rockville, Maryland.  Today it depicts the daily life of an upper class family and the slaves in Montgomery County along with information about the early history of Montgomery County.  Located at 111 W.

Clara Barton National Historic Site

[Virtual Museum Exhibit]  [Virtual Tour

[Clara Barton Timeline]  [Clara Barton Photos]

Clara Barton is famous for her service as a nurse and founder of the Red Cross.  The National Historic Site of Clara Barton's home, Glen Echo is shown in guided tours throughout the day.  Located adjacent to Glen Echo Park at 5801 Oxford Road in Glen Echo, MD. 

Gaithersburg Community Museum

[Gaithersburg History Video]

The City of Gaithersburg's Community Museum is housed inside the 1884 B&O Railroad Station Complex.  Built in 1884, the B&O Railroad Station has been restored and today features exhibits and programs to educate visitors about the history of the City of Gaithersburg.  The freight yard features a 1918 Buffalo Creek and Gauley #14 Steam Locomotive and other railroad cars.  Family and history researchers will find local history publications, genealogical documents and historical photographs in the museum as well.  Located at 9 S Summit Avenue in Gaithersburg, MD.

Gaithersburg Washington Grove Volunteer Fire Department Fire Museum

Housed in the fire station in Olde Towne Gaithersburg, the museum features the Diamont-T, a restored 1941 pumper and an old 1980 era Seagrave pumper as well as various historical fire house items.  Located at 13 E Diamond Avenue in Olde Towne Gaithersburg, MD.

Sandy Spring Museum

Devoted to the preservation, collection and interpretation of the history of Montgomery County, Maryland.  The museum offers a research library as well. Located at 17901 Bentley Road in Sandy Spring, MD.

Seneca Schoolhouse Museum

Experience a typical school day in 1880.  School classes are welcome.  Contact them to learn more.  The museum is operated by the Historic Medley District Inc. and is located in Poolesville, MD.

Stone Street Museum of 19th Century Medicine

Visit an 1852 Doctor's office at this museum which offers the history of developments in medical science which occurred during the career of Dr. Edward E. Stonestreet.  Located at 103 W. Montgomery Avenue in Rockville, MD.

The Waters House

This historic home in Germantown was built in the 1790s and was home to the Waters family for more than a century.  Sitting inside a 3.9 acre Park, the home has farm outbuildings and once housed a special collections library which included many historical documents and photos of Montgomery County.  This History Resource Center has been closed.  Located at 12535 Milestone Manor Lane in Germantown, MD.

 

Prince George's County

Accokeek Foundation [History]

Operating a museum, gift shop and education center, the foundation is dedicated to the preservation of Piscataway Park, the National Colonial Farm and the Ecosystem Farm.  Located at 3400 Bryan Point Road in Accokeek, MD.

Belair Mansion and City of Bowie Museums

Belair Mansion ca 1745 is a lovely Georgian plantation house, once owned by Samuel Ogle, provincial Governor of Maryland.  The mansion still contains some original furnishings and paintings.  Open for public tours, it is located at 12207 Tulip Grove Drive in Bowie, MD.

Prince George's County Genealogical Library houses a large collection of genealogy materials to help genealogists discover their heritage.  It is right down the road from the Belair Mansion at 12219 Tulip Grove Drive.

The city of Bowie offers several other historic sites and museums to allow the visitor to soak up some local history.  The Old Town Welcome Center and interactive Children's Museum is located at 8606 Chestnut Avenue.

  • The Belair Stable Museum was one of the premier racing stables from 1930-1950 and home to "Gallant Fox" and "Omaha", both, horses who won the Triple Crown along with another famed racehorse "Nashua" .  Closed in 1957 it is now a museum and offers over 250 years of history.  Located at 2835 Belair Drive.

  • Bowie Railroad Station and Huntington Museum: This 1900s railroad station is home to a museum detailing the early days of the railroad in Bowie.  Located in historic Old Bowie at 8614 Chestnut Avenue.

  • Radio and Television Museum: Devoted to broadcasting history, from the earliest telegraphs through the development of television.  Housed in the old 1906 Harmel House at 2606 Mitchelville Road.

Fort Washington Museum and Park

Greenbelt Museum  

[Greenbelt History]  [Tour the Museum]

In 1937, the Greenbelt community (a cooperative garden suburb) was built as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "New Deal".  Today, visitors can tour one of these historic homes and experience the Greenbelt's beauty and rich history.  Come learn what life was like for a  family of moderate income during the Great Depression.  Open every Sunday for guided tours.  Located at 15 Crescent Road in Greenbelt, MD.

Laurel Museum

The museum is focused on the rich heritage of Laurel, Maryland, an historic town situated on the Patuxent River.  Tours are offered along with the John Calder Brennan Research Library which is available by appointment.  Located at 817 Main Street in Laurel, MD.

Marietta House Museum

Built in 1813, this Federal style brick house was home to Gabriel Duvall (Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court) and remained in the Duvall family until 1902.  Situated on 25 acres, the Marietta mansion is operated by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission as an historic house museum and is furnished in period style furnishings.  The law office of Gabriel Duvall still remains as well as a root cellar and the family graveyard has been relocated to the site.  The house is located at 5626 Bell Station Road in Glenn Dale, MD.

National Colonial Farm

Operated by the Accokeek Foundation, this living history farm depicts life on an ordinary tobacco planting family's farm in the 1770's.  Tours led by skilled interpreters feature several historical structures including a 1770 farm dwelling, an 18th century tobacco barn, a smokehouse and an out-kitchen.  Visitors will visit gardens filled with 18th century herbs, flowers and vegetables.  Historical varieties of tobacco, wheat and corn are cultivated in the fields.  Other activities visitors will be able to observe are sewing, cooking, spinning, candlemaking, wordworking and more.  Located at 3400 Bryan Point Road in Accokeek, MD.

Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm

Experience living history at Oxon Cove Park, where you can learn what farm life was like in the 19th century.  Several historic structures are located inside the park.  A farmhouse is the oldest building.  Known as Mount Welby in the early 1800s, and later as Godding Croft, it is a 2 story plantation house once owned by the Debutts family.  Berry Plantation is another historic structure in the park and is known for it's role in the Underground Railroad.  Located on MD 414 (Oxon Hill Road) at 6411 Oxon Hill Rd. in Oxon Hill, MD.

Piscataway Park [Park Map]

This park features the view from Mount Vernon.  It has been preserved and visitors will delight in the view which remains much the same as when George Washington himself saw it from Mt. Vernon.  The park is a sanctuary to bald eagles, deer, fox and many other species of wildlife.  Hiking, birding and fishing are some of the activities enjoyed in the park.  Located at 3400 Bryan Point Road in Accokeek, MD.

Poplar Hill on His Lordship's Kindness  

[African American History]

Riversdale House Museum 

[Photo Tour]   [History]

Riversdale, a National Historic Landmark, is a restored, five-part, stucco-covered brick plantation home built between 1801 and 1807. Construction of this elegant manor house was begun by Henri Stier, a Flemish aristocrat, and was completed by his daughter Rosalie and her husband George Calvert, grandson of the fifth Lord Baltimore. The Federal style mansion has particularly fine interior decorative detail. Numerous nationally significant figures later lived here. Riversdale is also home to a museum shop.  Visit at 4811 Riverdale Road in Riverdale Park, MD.

Surratt House Museum

 

Queen Anne's County Museum of Eastern Shore Life   [Exhibits]

Located in Centreville, Maryland, this Museum includes early artifacts, antique farm implements, Indian artifacts and early buildings such as a blacksmith shop and old print shop. Focus is on early agricultural and maritime activities, promoting appreciation of the region's cultural and natural heritage.

Queenstown Colonial Courthouse

This colonial courthouse is dated to 1708. Located at 100 Del Rhodes Avenue in Queenstown, MD.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church

Attend church services in the oldest intact brick church in Maryland. Located in Church Hill, Maryland, this historic church was built in 1732. Also located on the grounds is a small 1817 building once used as a parish academy school.

Stevensville Historic Town

Located on Kent Island, Stevensville has many structures on the National Historic Register including a post office, train depot, the Old Christ Church and Cray House which was built ca 1809.

Somerset County

J. Millard Tawes Library Museum

The childhood home of Governor J. Millard Tawes features 2 stories.  Construction on the home was started in 1887 by James Tawes (father to J. Millard Tawes).  The home has been beautifully restored by the Crisfield Heritage Foundation and holds a library filled with artifacts, correspondence, and speeches of the Governor along with many research materials.  Located on Ashbury Avenue in Crisfield, MD.  Open by appointment only.  Call 410-968-2501.

Gov. J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum

[Crisfield History]

Primary focus is on the history of the Lower Shire with exhibits about the beginnings of the Chesapeake Bay.  Exhibits include Native American influence on early colonists, seafood harvesting, and the history of Crisfield.  Located at 3 Ninth Street in Crisfield, MD.

Smith Island Center

 

St. Mary's County

Drayden African-American Schoolhouse

Located on Cherryfield Road, this historic building is being preserved by St. Mary's County but not yet open to the public.

Historic St. Mary's City

[Virtual Tour]   [History]

Known as the 4th permanent British settlement in the "New World", the city was the first capital of Maryland.  Featured are living history exhibits, archaeology discoveries and paths back into the past..... as far back as the 1600s.  Located off Route 5 in Southern Maryland.

Little Red Schoolhouse

Also known as Charlotte Hall School, this early 19th century schoolhouse is located on the grounds of the St. Clement's Island - Potomac River Museum in Colton's Point, MD and is open during museum hours.

Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Park

Focuses on the construction, history and operation of the lighthouse. This was a working lighthouse from 1836 to 1964. Visit their site for more information, a list of lighthouse keepers 1835 to 1933 and driving directions.

Potomac River Maritime Exhibit

This museum houses 4 historic wooden vessels.  The exhibit is located at 44701 Lighthouse Road in Piney Point, MD.

Sotterley Plantation  

[History]  [Photo Gallery]

This early 18th century mansion is older than the United States.  Set on 95 acres with a full array of outbuildings, gardens and even an original slave cabin, the museum gives it's visitors a taste of what life was like near the time of the birth of our nation.  Located at 44300 Sotterly Lane in Hollywood, MD off or Route 245.

St. Clements Island State Park

Considered the "Birthplace of Maryland", you will find your way here only by boat. Boat rides to the island are offered at the St. Clement's Island - Potomac River Museum.  The museum concentrates on English history which preceded the English voyage of the Ark and the Dove, landing on St. Clements Island on March 25, 1634. The island is a 40 acre park with a memorial cross dedicated to the founders of Maryland.
Get a free brochure on St. Clements Island in PDF format.

 

Talbot County

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

The Oxford Musuem

Dedicated to the preservation and display of over 300 years of Oxford's history, the museum is in the center of historic Oxford at 100 South Morris Street, just across from Town Park.

St. Michael's Museum at St. Mary's Square

[History]

The main building was built by Jeremiah Sewell in 1865.  Located on Mill Street.

Wye Grist Mill

Located in Wye Mills, Maryland and built ca 1682, you can still purchase flour from this working colonial grist mill and receive a tour of this grand old flour mill.  Operation is seasonal.  Call 410-827-3850 for current hours.  Located at 14269 Old Wye Mills Road in Wye Mills, MD.

 

Washington County Antietam National Battlefield

 

Wicomico County

Pemberton Park

This large 262 acre park features Pemberton Hall.  Built by Isaac Hardy in 1741, the plantation has been restored and provides exhibits of historical items related to the history of Wicomico County.  Located about 2.5 miles west of US Business Route 50 in Salisbury, MD.

 

Worcester County

Museums of Worcester County

Ocean City Life - Saving Station Museum

Rural Life Museum

The Rural Life Museum of Trappe is focused on the preservation, interpretation and display of historical artifacts, photos, items and documents related to the rural homes, farms and industry in the Trappe area of Maryland.  Preservation of historical structures are a primary focus and the property currently features 4 historic buildings including the Defender House, Carriage House, Slaughter Smokehouse and the Scale House.  The museum has plans to offer living history in this museum.  Located at 29241 Backtown Road in Trappe, MD.

 

 

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