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Programs/Events


Tuesday, May 31st:
End of Family History Exhibit, all day.

This will be the last chance to see the Family History exhibit before it is taken down!


Thursday, June 2nd:
Blues Fest Party in the Garden

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. Space is limited, and this is a very popular event, so please call (301)-797-8782 or email info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org for reservations. Tickets are $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers. Ticket price includes two complimentary drink tickets.


Saturday, June 11th:
The Great Fair! Exhibit Opening Carnival, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Travel back in time to the days of the Great Hagerstown Fair! We’re opening our summer exhibit with a miniature carnival in the Miller House Museum Garden. Explore the museum, enjoy live entertainment and snack on your favorite fair foods while you learn more about a classic Washington County tradition.


Saturday, June 11th:
Hagerstown Fair Exhibit Opening, all day.

Admission to the museum is $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and always free for our members. Visitors to the museum will be able to see the new summer exhibit on the Hagerstown Fair.


Saturday, July 9th:
Great Hagerstown Fair Lecture, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

See our fantastic summer exhibit and learn more about one of the county’s great traditions: The Hagerstown Fair! Speaker will be announced closer to the time of the lecture. Admission is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers.


Saturday, July 9th:
Garden Dedication Ceremony, 5:00 p.m.

Please join us in the garden to help dedicate a special memorial sculpture in remembrance of Susie and Eric Smith, good friends of the historical society.


Saturday, July 23rd:
Great Hagerstown Fair Lecture, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

See our fantastic summer exhibit and learn more about the one of the county’s great traditions: The Hagerstown Fair! Speaker will be announced closer to the time of the lecture. Admission is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers.


Saturday, July 30th:
End of Great Hagerstown Fair Exhibit, all day.

This will be the last chance to see the Hagerstown Fair exhibit before it is taken down!


Saturday, August 13th:
Opening of Political Exhibit, all day.

Think today’s political scene is rough? Try being a politician in the 1800s! In a new exhibit at the Miller House Museum, explore the stories and scandals of elections past. Local storyteller Robert Wilhelm will be performing during the afternoon.


Saturday, August 20th:
Mt. Vernon Bus Tour, all day.

Go on the campaign trail with the Washington County Historical Society! We’re taking a day trip to the home of first president George Washington, Mt. Vernon. Tickets include a special in-depth tour and meal vouchers. We have a very exciting day planned, but space is limited, so please call (301)-797-8782 or email info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org for reservations.


Saturday, September 10th:
“Artifacts from the Attic” Rummage Sale, all day.

It’s the second year for our “Artifacts from the Attic” fundraiser. Once again, gently used items donated by members of the WCHS or dropped off by community members will be sold to raise money for the historical society. Members can drop off donations for the rummage sale between August 1st and September 3rd.


Saturday, October 1st:
Ghost Tours at the Miller House Museum, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Go on a spine-chilling tour of the Miller House Museum as you’ve never seen it before. These exclusive candle-light tours, offered only during the month of October, will reveal the hidden paranormal secrets of one of Hagerstown’s historic houses. Tours will start on the hour, and each is limited to 15 people. $12/person. Call (301)-797-8782 or email info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org for reservations.


Saturday, October 15th:
Ghost Tours at the Miller House Museum, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Go on a spine-chilling tour of the Miller House Museum as you’ve never seen it before. These exclusive candle-light tours, offered only during the month of October, will reveal the hidden paranormal secrets of one of Hagerstown’s historic houses. Tours will start on the hour, and each is limited to 15 people. $12/person. Call (301)-797-8782 or email info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org for reservations.


Sunday, October 16th:
Mock Historical Debate, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Watch your favorite historical politicians duke it out on stage! The Miller House Museum continues its countdown to the election with a mock debate. Light refreshments, including samples of traditional hard cider, will be served. Admission is free to members, but $5 for nonmembers. Call (301)-797-8782 or email info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org for more information.


Saturday, October 22nd:
Ghost Tours at the Miller House Museum, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Go on a spine-chilling tour of the Miller House Museum as you’ve never seen it before. These exclusive candle-light tours, offered only during the month of October, will reveal the hidden paranormal secrets of one of Hagerstown’s historic houses. Tours will start on the hour, and each is limited to 15 people. $12/person. Call (301)-797-8782 or email info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org for reservations.


Saturdays in November and December:
Traditional Christmas Tours, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Experience the Miller House Museum of Christmases past during these exclusive Traditional Christmas tours. Learn about popular Federal and Victorian period Christmas traditions as you tour the exquisitely decorated 1825 brick townhouse. Tours will start on the hour, and each is limited to 15 people. $12/person. Call (301)-797-8782 or email info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org for reservations.


Sunday, December 4th:
Annual Holiday Reception, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Join us at the Miller House Museum for our annual holiday open house. 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. Admission is free for members, but $5 for nonmembers.

Monday, December 26th:
Historic Houses of Worship Tour, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The Miller House Museum is just one of many beautiful stops along Hagerstown’s Historic Houses of Worship Tour. Held the day after Christmas, churches, synagogues and other religious and cultural locations open their doors to the public, free of charge. Shuttles are available at several stops along the route, and there are refreshments at some locations, including the Miller House Museum.

Programs


Historic Geocache Trail
New technology has led to a new pastime for those who love scavenger hunting on a grand scale. Smart Phones and other technical equipment that incorporates a Global Positioning System (GPS) have made it possible to create challenging hunts on many themes.

Both the Miller House Garden and the grounds of Beaver Creek School have hidden treasures to find as a part of the Washington County Historic Geocache Trail.

The treasures are actually trinkets contained in concealed weather-proof boxes at Trail locations. The hunters record their success at finding a box, both on the internet site of the Trail, where they get the coordinates for the location of boxes, and on a small pad inside the box.

They then exchange a trinket that they brought with them with one from the box. WCHS has access to the comments on-line through a password and can record the number of visits to the site. Visitors have come from many different states since this Trail opened in 2013.

Geocaching intrigues many young people and the IT department of our school system is working on putting together lessons and challenges that students can use to add to their technical education.

Exhibits
Special exhibits are held in the Miller House throughout the year. Past exhibits include: wedding dresses; silver collection; military uniforms and a medical display.

Christmas Reception
The Christmas Reception is held on a Sunday in December and is the official opening of the Miller House for the Christmas season.

On The Road
Invite Staff and/or Board Members on-location for presentations to your club or organization membership meetings. WCHS offers varied, interesting historic programs. Call 301-797-8782 to schedule.