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HAGERSTOWN 1941
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Special Collections

Clocks - One of the special collections housed throughout the Miller House celebrates the fine tradition and an early industry in Hagerstown, clock-making. The clock collection covers both tall case clocks and shelf clocks.
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Civil War Room - Unique artifacts from the Civil War period are a part of a static display reflecting the myriad times that Washington County, Maryland, was impacted by both Union and Confederate Armies. Also included is the surgical kit used by Dr. Victor D. Miller, Sr., father to the donor of our headquarters and the first Dr. Miller's namesake.
Pottery Room - Bell Pottery, known throughout our region, was first made on the site of the Miller House in the early 1800s. The first documented earthenware producer in the family, Peter Bell, opened in 1804. He likely had a modest shop on the first floor of an earlier structure and had dwelling quarters above on this site. Peter Bell was progenitor of the Bell family who went on to establish businesses of their own in nearby Pennsylvania and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Many fine examples of their work are on display.
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Doll Room - A few significant modern dolls join the many examples of dolls that would have been cherished by the early residents of the Miller House, starting with the Price children in the1820s and the Neill children of the 1840s and 1850s through 1912 when the house was sold to the Millers. Other early toys are also on display.
Silver - Donated by many old families from Washington County, the silver collection pieces consist of everything from napkin rings, salts & peppers and cruet sets to trays and grand punch bowls with their ladles. The fun of having the silver is using it for special events such as the Christmas reception and the Girls' Tea. Much in the collection is sterling and some is coin silver.
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Artwork - Portraiture of the various inhabitants of the house, and their extended families, people the walls of the house, and join many well-executed landscapes of the local area. There is also an impressive collection of Currier and Ives work and other early wall hangings.
C&O Canal - William Price, the builder of the Miller House, was involved in the advancement of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. The Washington County Historical Society has placed its C&O Canal Collection with the nearby Discovery Station (1/2 half block east) for display.
www.discoverystation.org
Country Store - A complete country store collection has been loaned to the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum. www.ruralheritagemuseum.org