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Programs


Setting Boundaries: 250 Years of the Mason-Dixon Line
August 5 – September 30 2017

For over 250 years, the Mason-Dixon Line has been the border between Maryland and Pennsylvania. But why does it exist? Learn about the history of the Mason-Dixon Line and how it came to be in a new exhibit at the Miller House Museum.

Come see the new exhibit for yourself! Walk-ins are always welcome when the museum is open for tours (Wednesday – Friday, 1-4 p.m., Saturday 9 am – 4 p.m.), but you can purchase advance tickets by calling (301)-797-8782, emailing info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org, or purchasing them online.


Butter Making
Saturday, August 12, 2017 -- 11 am – 2 pm

Try your hand at making butter the old-fashioned way! Learn how butter was made in the 1800s, see different types of churns, and get a chance to make your own butter to try and then take home with you!

This event is free, but registration is recommended!


Culture & Cocktails – "Our Legacy in Stone!" with Paula Reed
Friday, August 18, 2017 -- 6 pm – 8 pm

Enjoy a drink and have a think! At Culture & Cocktails, a new lecture program at the Miller House Museum, we tackle a topic with the help of some liquid fortitude!

For "Our Legacy in Stone," local historian and architectural historian Paula Reed will explore the phenomenal stone structures of Washington County. For centuries, the local landscape has been dotted with iconic stone bridges, fences, buildings and other structures that Paula will explore in her fascinating lecture.

Paula's lecture will be paired with the classic cocktail "The Stone Fence," a wonderfully spiced cider and bourbon concoction. Your ticket price will include your first drink, and refills will be available for a small cash fee. This event is for adults ages 21 and older, please! For more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch!


Soap Making
Saturday, August 19, 2017 -- 11 am – 2 pm

Learn a new skill, and have fun while doing it! Before grocery stores and corner markets existed, pioneering Americans had to make their own soap! Find out how soap was made in the 1800s, and get a chance to make your own signature bar to take home with you!


Butter Making
Saturday, August 26, 2017 -- 11 am – 2 pm

Try your hand at making butter the old-fashioned way! Learn how butter was made in the 1800s, see different types of churns, and get a chance to make your own butter to try and then take home with you!

This event is free, but registration is recommended!


Cover Up!
November 4 – December 30 2017

Get cozy this winter at the Miller House Museum! We’ll be showing off the highlights of our quilt and coverlet collection, and telling you the stories of the people behind these beautiful quilts. Learn more about local quilters of days past. Workshops and craft sessions will let you try your hand at making your own quilt squares!

Come see the new exhibit for yourself! Walk-ins are always welcome when the museum is open for tours (Wednesday – Friday, 1-4 p.m., Saturday 9 am – 4 p.m.), but you can purchase advance tickets by calling (301)-797-8782, emailing info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org, or purchasing them online.



PAST EXHIBITS

2016

Founding Families: The Genealogical History of Washington County

The Great Fair!

That’s the Ticket! The Political Past of Washington County

Genealogical Consultations

Every Wednesday and second Saturday, our staff genealogist is on site in the kinship Reading Room for free genealogy consultations. Just starting out, or hitting a brick wall? Our genealogist can provide guidance for researchers of all experience levels.

Historic Geocache Trail

Use your devices as part of a worldwide scavenger hunt! The Miller House Museum is proud to be a participant of the Historic Geocache Trail. Come to the museum and search for hidden treasures both inside and out!

Specialty Tours

Throughout the year, we offer a number of specialty tours that highlight different parts of the Miller House collection.

In early spring, we offer a walking lecture on the art of the Miller House. Our portrait and landscape collections are hidden treasure troves of local artwork, and you can learn more about the paintings and their artists on this special tour of the Miller House Museum.

During September and October, experience the Miller House after dark! Our candlelit ghost tours offer a look at the lives (and deaths) of previous Miller House occupants, and share local folklore and legends of Washington County.

And in November and December, learn more about Christmases past! Our Victorian Christmas tours take place in the exquisitely decorated Miller House, and as you make your way through the museum, you’ll learn more about Victorian Christmas decorations, foods, and traditions.



ANNUAL EVENTS

Winter Concert Series

Looking for a great way to keep warm and have fun during the chilly winter months? Come to one of our great winter concerts! Held in the drawing rooms of the Miller House Museum, our concerts bring you great


Blues Fest Party

Kick off your Blues Fest celebrations with our annual tradition: a backyard blast in the Miller House Museum Garden! There will be live music, excellent food and a cash bar, all in the beautiful and private setting of the museum garden.


Holiday Reception

Join us at the Miller House Museum for our annual holiday open house. Held on the first Sunday of December, the Miller House Museum will be decorated by local garden clubs according to the year’s chosen theme, and the museum will be open for self-guided tours. Refreshments will be served and entertainment will be provided.


Historic Houses of Worship Tour

On the 26th of December, houses of worship and other historic sites in downtown Hagerstown open their doors for this self-guided, free tour. Enjoy the peace of candlelight while taking in the splendor of these historic treasures decked out for the yuletide season.


Bus Trips of Washington County

Go on the road with the Washington County Historical Society! Each year, we plan a full day of sight-seeing right here in Washington County. Every trip highlights a different part of the county. Discover some of the county’s hidden historical treasures.

 

WCHS on the Road

Our staff and board members love sharing the stories and collections of the Washington County Historical Society with the community, and if you can’t visit us, we’d love to come visit you! Contact us to inquire about speakers for club meetings, events, and other get-togethers! Previous programs have included: