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Academy of the Arts

Since its founding in 1958 the Academy Art Museum has presented an unparalleled level of artistic and educational offerings. Considered one of the finest regional art museums in the country, the Academy Art Museum is dedicated to presenting rotating exhibitions of national significance and the best from the region’s artistic community. Complementing the exhibitions is a year-round schedule of programs including classes, lectures, outreach and concerts. 106 South Street, Easton, MD

410 822 0455 | www.art-academy.org

 

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering anThere is a wide array of exhibits to discover at this wonderful waterfront museum.  Spend the night in a lighthouse! understanding of the culture and history of the Chesapeake Bay. Since its founding in 1965, the Museum has grown through the support of volunteers, staff, and members. Mill Street, St. Michaels, MD

410 745 2916 | www.cbmm.org

 

Historical Society of Talbot County

The Historical Society of Talbot County was founded in 1954 to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of Talbot County, Maryland. The Historical Society is deeply dedicated to becoming a force for heritage preservation while also offering the entire community a wide range of opportunities to learn about our rich Talbot County history. From exhibits to educational programs, special events to research opportunities, the Historical Society is the leading resource for discovering Talbot County's past. 25 Washington St., Easton, MD

410 822 0773 | www.hstc.org

 

Rural Life Museum of Trappe

The Rural Life Museum of Trappe plans to collect, preserve and display a broad array ofDiscover the artifacts and documents from rural homes, factories, and farms from the historic Trappe are. historically significant artifacts and documents, including many items that were used in rural homes, factories and farms in the Trappe area.

 

The Trappe Rural Life Museum has evolved from a dream in the mind of Charles Adams into a vibrant organization ready to take on the challenge of preserving our past and growing our future. The Rural Life Museum of Trappe, Md., Inc has entered into an agreement with Mid-Shore Community Foundation to establish and professionally manage the Rural Life Museum of Trappe, Md., Inc. Fund. Gifts to the Fund are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law. Mid-Shore Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity. 4148 Main Street

Trappe, MD 21673-1869

410-476-3339 | www.rurallifemuseum.org

 

St. Mary's Square Museum

St Michaels Museum at St. Mary's Square is located in the heart of this historic town on what locals call ''The Green.'' It provides a fascinating look at life in St. Michaels in the 1800's.

 

The museum consists of three vernacular buildings moved to the Square from their original locations in St Michaels. The Sewell House, circa 1865, was the home of local waterman Jeremiah Sewell and his family of six. It was moved to the site from Mill Street in 1964. The Chaney Home was built by three free African-American brothers about 1850. After the brothers were able to buy his freedom from slavery, their father came to live with them. Built in 1860 as a commercial structure, the Teetotum Building got its name because of the roofs resemblance to a toy top of the period. Originally the building variously served as a magistrate's office, a town jail, a saddle shop, a mortuary, a bank and a barber shop.

 

Exhibits highlight life for typical working families in the mid-19th Century. Special exhibits are presented 2-3 times during the season.

St. Mary's Square, St. Michael's MD

410 745 9561 | www.stmichaelsmuseum.com

 

Oxford Museum

The Oxford Museum was founded in Oxford, Maryland, in 1964 by a group of residents dedicated to preserving and displaying Oxford’s 300 plus years of colonial and American history. Located in the center of town, the wheelchair-accessible Museum displays a diverse and ever-growing collection of artifacts and memorabilia that chronicles the fascinating story of one of the oldest towns in America and, for its size, one of the most significant. From seventeen members in 1964, Museum membership has grown to over four hundred today. The Museum is essentially an all-volunteer organization that is dependent entirely on the interest and generosity of members, visitors and area residents. With such support, the Museum is able to present a broad spectrum of lectures, displays, research materials, publications, and special exhibits. Yearly visitors now number over 4,000, a remarkable achievement for a small town museum.

100 N. Morris St., Oxford

410 226 0191 | www.oxfordmuseum.org

 

Tilghman Waterman's Museum

Discover the history of the waterman's trade on Tilghman Island!Memories are long here on Tilghman's Island. People recall the accomplishments of their grandparents and great-grandparents with pride. The wives and families of the watermen are an important part of the story, too, as are the boat-builders, blacksmiths, storekeepers, buyers, seafood processors and others who provided support. With the passing of the generations, however, that history blurs and fades until, piece by piece, it could be lost forever. The Museum hopes to prevent that from happening by becoming a place where a record of the past is honored, created, preserved, and displayed.

 

The Tilghman Watermen's Museum is an exciting project. All this will take time, hard work and of course, money. It's a big job but the people of Tilghman working together-with help from their friends elsewhere-can get it done.

 

An On-Going Story Times are changing. The Bay itself is changing. Like their fathers before them, today's watermen are meeting the challenges of their day with persistence, courage, and creativity. Unlike many museums, the Tilghman Watermen's Museum will tell a story that is still being told, a history still being written.   PO Box 344, Tilghman MD, 21671

www.tilghmanmuseum.org

 

Wye Grist Mill & Museum

Visit this oldest frame grist mill on the Eastern Shore!Wye Grist Mill (c.1682) is the oldest frame grist mill on the Eastern Shore and the oldest industrial commercial structure in continuous use in the state. Discover the long and colorful past of this National Register Landmark. Watch the waterwheel turn the heavy stones to grind the grain as millers explain the milling process. Explore exhibits that feature 300 years of grinding technology. Enjoy the rural beauty of this small village and its historic sites. The Mill's exhibit - "Wheels of Fortune - Wye Mills' Golden Age", explains three centuries of American industrial and agricultural advances on Maryland's Eastern Shore and features grinding technology from pre-colonial times to the early 20th century.

14296 Old Wye Mills Road, P.O. Box 277, Wye Mills, MD 21679

410 827 6909 | www.historicqac.org/sites/WMgristmill

 

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