September 18 – Deer Park Methodist Cemetery Walking Tour

2200 Sykesville Road 2200 Sykesville Road, Westminster, MD

$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

November 20 – Past Times For Children: Doctors & Medicine

216 East Main Street Westminster,

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 16 – A “Death” in the Sherman Family

The event will run for 3 weekends.  The dates are:  October 16 (10 am -4pm); October 17 (1 pm to 4pm); October 23 (10 am - 4 pm); October 24 (1 pm - 4 pm); October 30 (10 am - 4 pm); and October 31 (1 pm-4 pm). We will be hosting a wake for the Sherman family in the early 1800s at the Sherman-Fisher-Shellman House on the HSCC Campus.  We will be recreating a wake and visitors will be able to hear Elizabeth's story of being a widow in Westminster from the 1920s until her death in 1842. Wakes, funerals, and mourning rituals were very different from the traditional funerals that we think of today.  This is before Victorian times with tons of black crepe and fancy dress.  We will tell the story of simple, rural, 1820s to 1840s funeral practices accurately as an educational teaching opportunity.


October 19 – Box Lunch Talk: Ghosts of Carroll County

Grace Lutheran Church 21 Carroll St, Westminster, MD

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. Event to be held in-person - No RSVP Registration Required.  Cost is $3.00 for HSCC Members and $7.00 for non-members upon entry with drinks and snacks provided. Join us to Watch Facebook Live from Grace Hall on Carroll Street

November 1 – 400th Anniversary of the Thanksgiving Feast

On Monday, November 1, HSCC is partnering with Carroll County Public Library and Rudolph Girls Bookstore to offer a talk by John Ota, author of The Kitchen: A journey through history in search of the perfect design. John will share his knowledge of the culinary history, architecture, cooking methods and dishes from the first Thanksgiving of 1621. As part [...]


November 4 – HSCC Annual Meeting

210 East Main St. 210 East Main Street, Westminster, MD

Hello all, Thank you very much for your interest and participation in Carroll County Historical Society events!  We want to highlight four events coming up in November. Registration is available through the HSCC webpage.  We would love to have you join us!! Thursday, November 4, 7:00 pm – Annual Meeting featuring keynote speaker Sharon Tosi-Lacey on [...]

November 8 – Historic Railroad Week

Train enthusiasts, mark your calendar for Historic Railroad Week, November 8-12.  Five historical societies in the area and the Carroll County Public Library have  formed a partnership to offer 5 different talks on the history of the railroad: Monday, November 8, 7:00 pm – Rail Industry Workers in Cumberland County, PA, presented by the Cumberland County [...]

November 16 – Box Lunch Talk: Cultural Influences on the Development of U.S. Army Insignia of the Great War

Grace Lutheran Church 21 Carroll St, Westminster, MD

On Tuesday, November 16, Jay Graybeal will be presenting the Box Lunch Talk Cultural Influences on the Development of US Insignia of the Great War. Jay Graybeal examines the American, foreign, mythological, and other influences on the development of shoulder sleeve insignia (patches) of the U.S. Army during World War I. This event will be in [...]


November 20 – Past Times for Children: The Peddler & Salesman

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

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.