The St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square celebrates the rich history of 19th century St. Michaels through informative guided walking tours and exhibits. Plan a visit to St. Michaels Museum to learn about the history of St. Michaels, including the War of 1812, the life of Frederick Douglass when he lived in the town as a slave, and the commercial development of this busy town.
In June, a new exhibit about Historic St. Mary’s Square will open. St. Mary’s Square has a long history covering 240 years. It was the center of a 1778 town plan put together by English factor James Braddock during the American Revolution. James Braddock’s plan featured the Square surrounded by 20 lots, a market house and two gates, north and south. It was the center of the early town and over the years it featured Sardis Chapel, the early St. Luke’s Church, several schools, and now the location of the St. Michaels Museum.
The existing Frederick Douglass Exhibit has been expanded to feature additional photographs from the Civil War period when Douglass met with Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. The exhibit now includes a photograph of 19th and early 20th century civil rights activist and anti-lynching journalist Ida B. Wells. Douglass, during the 1890s, supported her efforts to end lynching and protect African Americans’ civil rights during the harsh Jim Crow years. Other additional photographs illustrate buildings associated with Douglass’ early years in Talbot County.
Explore St. Michaels with a docent-led walking tour of the town that begins at the museum at 10 a.m. on Saturdays through October 26. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for youths (6 to 17 years). Private tours on other days and times can be arranged by calling Kate Fones at 410-745-4323.
Frederick Douglass, 1833-36
First and Third Saturdays of Each Month
This tour is given as a 90-minute walking tour. The tour gives a view of the early life of St. Michaels’ most famous 19th century resident and the most important African American Abolitionist in the Civil War.
Historic St. Michaels: Its People, Places and Happenings
Second and Fourth Saturdays of each Month
This 90-minute tour highlights St. Michaels during the 19th century. Stories will be told by viewing many restored structures from that era and describing life of famous and typical residents of these times, including Frederick Douglass.
The St. Michaels Museum is open Fridays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is located at 201 East Chestnut Street on historic St. Mary’s Square, in St Michaels, where there is usually plenty of street parking. For more information, call 410-745-9561, email email@example.com or visit www.stmichaelsmuseum.org.