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The Historical Society of Talbot County's campus includes a Museum, three Historic Homes, an Auditorium and Tharpe Antiques Shop.
The campus is located in charming downtown Easton, near to shops and restaurants. Ample parking is right next to our buildings.
The Museum presents exhibitions using artifacts,
images and stories that reflect the diversity and cultural heritage of
the Talbot County community.
May through December: Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00am to 3:00pm
January through April: Thursday through Saturday from 11:00am to 3:00pm
We can always open any time by advance appointment.
Admission to the museum is FREE.
In the Front Exhibit Hall:
History of Talbot County
Native Americans, Quakers, Merchants, Slaves and a wide variety of other people have all influenced Talbot County over the centures.
Tour through the exhibit for an overview of the people and events that made our county what it is.
In the Rear Exhibit Hall:
Life and War in 1812-14
Open through Fall of 2013
The War of 1812 was the only time that Talbot County has faced the enemy on our homefront. Learn about the battles and about life during this tumultuous time.
New in 2012 - James Neall House Self-guided Tour
See the inside of a middle-class Quaker home in 1805. The fully furnished James Neall house gives you a glimpse into the past. Self-guided tours are $3 per person.
Tours are available during all museum open hours (see above). These self-guided tours were made possible by a grant from the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area.
"The Craftsmen and the Collector" Historic Homes Tour
Journey through a cabinetmakers shop,a Federal-era home, and the museum/studio of noted architect H. Chandlee Forman on this exciting guided tour! Tours can be booked during any museum open hours by advance request. Cost is $5 per person. For details on this tour, visit the House Tour page.
The Historic Homes Tour is also available for groups - visit our Group Tours page.
Walking Tours of Historic Easton
Join us on a guided tour of Easton's historic downtown area. From the historic courthouse to Victorian stores, downtown Easton features numerous sites that illustrate the fascinating story of Talbot County's development. Tours begin at the Historical Society Musem and cover 5 blocks of historic downtown Easton.
Guided tours are only available by advance appointment at $5 per person.
iphone Self-Guided Walking Tour of Historic Easton
Take your own tour of Easton with your iphone. This application is a smart travel companion, with a detailed city map and powerful navigation features built in. Hence, No Internet Connection is necessary, nor the costly roaming charges when traveling to foreign cities. Thanks to Easton Main Street for sponsoring this tour. You can download it here
Frederick Douglass Driving Tour of Talbot County
The Historical Society is pleasedto present a self-guided driving tour of 14 sites related
to Frederick Douglass' life in Talbot County. The sites chronicle many of the critical moments in Douglass' life, both
as a slave and later as a free man. Visitors will visit Tappers Corners, Cordova, Unionville, St. Michaels, and Easton
as they experience the county through Frederick Douglass' eyes. The map guide is free to the public and copies are
available at the Historical Society of Talbot County, the Talbot County Office of Tourism, and the Easton Welcome &
Resource Center. If you would like to have a copy mailed to you, please contact the Museum staff.
For more information on Douglass' life and times, visit the Historical Society's Frederick Douglass Page
If you have taken the driving tour and would like to tell us what you thought, please click here.
All of our tours and exhibits are open to large groups! If you would
like to bring a large group (10 or more people) to visit the Historical
Society, please visit the Group Tours page for information on booking and costs.
information on tours, email the Museum staff
The Historical Society of Talbot County gardens
have been created and maintained
through a long generous partnership with the Talbot County Garden Club.
The award-winning gardens feature mature boxwood, a
terraced shade garden, an herb garden, fully established perennial beds,
and fruit and flowering trees. The gardens are open free to the public
Monday through Saturday and are a great verdant escape in downtown
Our Museum Shops
The Historical Society of Talbot County operates a small Museum Store in the Museum building that features gift items with historical significance and regional history books.
The society also owns and operates Tharpe Antiques and Decorative Arts, an antique consignment shop, located across the street from the museum, at 30 South Washington
Street in Easton. All proceeds from the shops support the activities of the historical society.
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25 South Washington Street
Easton, MD 21601
Telephone Number: 410-822-0773
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