September 18 – Deer Park Methodist Cemetery Walking Tour

2200 Sykesville Road 2200 Sykesville Road, Westminster

$5.00 for HSCC Members, $10.00 for non-HSCC Members - Join HSCC on Saturday, September 18 for a walking tour of one of Carroll County’s historic cemeteries: Deer Park Methodist Cemetery in Smallwood. The tour will be led by church historian and HSCC volunteer Steve Sinnott. Deer Park Chapel was incorporated in 1854 and soon afterward the area to the rear of the church was used for burials. Over 200 eight-grave burial lots were sold originally. Originally, each owner maintained their own plot—digging the graves and caring for the site. The cemetery has expanded several times over the years and is the final resting place for over 1,500 local residents. Among these are 150 veterans, including the first casualty of the Spanish-American War. Their stories are sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic, and they make a fascinating introduction to local history you probably never knew. The tour is suitable for ages 10 and up. The tour requires standing for up to 1 hour and walking on uneven ground as well as paved roadways. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. The cemetery is located at 2200 Sykesville Road, behind the old Deer Park Methodist Church (now The Maryland Store). The tour begins at 10:00 a.m. Please arrive at the cemetery gate 15 minutes before the tour for check-in.

September 21 – Box Lunch Talk: 19th Century Death Examined


During the 19th century, Carroll County families faced a host of issues dealing with grief and death while living in a small town.  Cathy Baty and Kristen McMasters will examine 19th Century Death practices and how they evolved over the course of the century based on research for the special October event to be held in the Sherman-Fisher-Shellman House. Registration is required 24 hours in advance. This program will be live via Zoom

Past Times For Children: Doctors & Medicine

Doctors made house visits when one got sick. Children will learn how treatments differ from now and how doctors’ children became their assistants. Dramatic play, books, songs, and activities included as well as going home with a filled doctor’s bag General Information For children 4 to 9 years Children will discover what it was like to [...]

October 19 – Box Lunch Talk: Ghosts of Carroll County


From the infamous Legh Master and the area known as Furnace Hills, outside of Westminster along the road to New Windsor, has had a reputation for being haunted for more than a hundred years, and it seems, the tradition continues to this day.  The Opera House ghost, to the haunted silver mine, Carroll County has an array of mysterious stories. Pat Hahn, ghost walk tour guide for the Carroll County Public Library, will entertain us with some of the county’s spookiest tales.


HSCC Annual Meeting

210 East Main St. 210 East Main Street, Westminster

Dear Members of the Historical Society! Keynote speaker will be Sharon Tosi Lacey of the U.S. Census Bureau who will present "Census History Highlights." Details will be provided soon, please check back on our website for updates. This evening will be live via Zoom. Registration is required to access the program. Register by October 30, [...]

Past Times for Children: Peddlers/ Salesman

Koontz-Yingling Learning Center at Cockey’s, 216 East Main St., Westminster

The arrival of the peddler (a.k.a. traveling salesman) was an exciting event for the farmer during the 1800’s. Instead of having to travel to a general store that was miles away, the peddler brought wares to sell, news and gossip from nearby towns, and merchandise that was new to the farmer’s family. Children will learn about these peddlers through stories, imaginative play, and games. They will decorate one of the items the peddler sold. For each class, there is a $6.00 charge which includes materials. Pre- registration is required; registration closes the Monday before the class.


Holiday Celebration on HSCC Campus

We will kick off the holiday season with a great opportunity to celebrate on the HSCC campus with an afternoon of fun.  We plan to have the campus decorated for all three buildings and a simple punch and cookie reception.  We are also looking into a craft like wreath making for a small additional fee.  This [...]


December 11, Carroll County Historic Houses of Worship Tour

December 11, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm Historic Houses of Worship Tour - A Joint Fundraiser for the Historic Society of Carroll County Maryland and the Shepherds's Staff Tickets are $15.00 per person and include a free electronic booklet available for viewing.  The booklet will have the addresses of all the churches and the special events [...]