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Tours and Museum Information

The Museum | Exhibitions | Tours | Gardens | The Museum Shop

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

The Museum presents exhibitions using artifacts, images and stories that reflect the diversity and cultural heritage of the Talbot County community.
Museum Hours:
October through December: Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm
January and February: Closed March through September: To Be Determined. Please check back for hours.
We can always open any time by advance appointment.
Admission to the museum is FREE.


In the Front Exhibit Hall:
History of Talbot County
Permanent Exhibit

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:
Windows to the Past: Cordova Remembered
October 2013 through March 2014

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A partnership between the Chapel District 4-H Club and HSTC culminates with this exhibit about the history of Cordova and the Chapel district community.


James Neall House Self-guided Tourinterior of James Neall house
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.
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"The Craftsmen and the Collector" Historic Homes TourThe
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
Talbot County Court HouseJoin 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.

tour logoiphone 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
Frederick Douglass driving tourThe 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 costs $1 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 order below. The cost will be $1.50 to cover postage.

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For more information on Douglass' life and times, visit the Historical Society's Frederick Douglass Page  

Group Tours
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.  

For more 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 Easton.

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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Historical Society of Talbot County
25 South Washington Street
Easton, MD 21601
Telephone Number: 410-822-0773 

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