Dorchester County Historical Society
Cambridge, MD 21613 United States 410.228.7953 http://www.dorchesterhistory.com/
Hours of Operation:
- Tuesday thru Friday 10 am – 4 pm
- Saturday 10 am – 2 pm
Admission for tour or research is $5/person over 12
The Dorchester County Historical Society, Inc. was formed in May of 1953 by a small group of folks interested in preserving the rich history of the region. In February 1959, this group purchased a historic house, ca. 1760, thanks to the generosity of benefactor Thomas Steele Nichols. Mr. Nichols was given naming rights and chose Meredith House due to familial connections. By the mid 1970s it became obvious that the Meredith House could not contain all of the artifacts and documents that needed to be saved in order to tell the story of Dorchester County and its people.
In 1981, the Neild Museum was dedicated in honor of J. Stapleforte Neild and houses a broad collection of artifacts that illustrate farm life in Dorchester, from colonial times to the present. It highlights the connection of work and family, showing them interwoven even today. In the mid 1980s, the Goldsborough Stable was moved from Shoal Creek Manor to its present location on the LaGrange Avenue side of the campus. This space educates about the many roles that early farmers had to perform in order to maintain their properties and equipment. Along the way the Stronghouse was added to the complex and provides structure to the Barber Herb Garden.
By 2007, in need of more space once again, the Robbins Heritage Center was added, gaining more than 1600 square feet of exhibit space. This museum holds exhibits highlighting the historic timeline of the county with interpretations about Native American History, the Earliest Settlers, Indentured and Enslaved, Following the Water, Hunting and Trapping and more. The Todd Research Center is located in this space and is very helpful to those searching family history or items of regional interest. Recently this library was accredited as a Network to Freedom facility, attesting to the hundreds of original pre-Civil War documents pertaining to enslaved and free people of color.
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