The museum shop and bookstore of the Historical Society of Carroll County, houses a wide variety of unique items for everyone.  Our book section specializes in the history of Carroll County through publications produced by HSCC and other publishers. We carry books on the history of Maryland and the region, decorative arts, architecture, artifact care and conservation. A number of works by local authors and a great selection of historically relevant children’s books round out the book store experience. Please see below for a small portion of the publications offered for purchase.

Please note, at this time the Shellman Shop and Bookstore is temporarily closed for browsing. Books can be purchased over the phone or by mail. Please contact Catherine Lusher at with any questions. 

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An Illustrated Atlas of Carroll County, Maryland
Reprint of the 1877 Edition with a Supplement of Biographical, Family, Business and Organization Sketches, 1993. A valuable resource for researching local history. The Atlas shows property owners in the 1877 election districts, towns, and villages. The supplement was compiled by donors to the Historical Society’s Legacy Campaign. $20

Antietam:  The Bloodiest Day of the Civil War
By Warren D. Wenger.  A local historian examines the battle of South Mountain, the capture of Harper’s Ferry and the bloody fighting along Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Maryland in September 1862.  $10.00

Carroll County and the Great War for Civilization, 1917-1919
A Companion Publication to the Exhibition by the Historical Society of Carroll County. “Roll of Honor” with service records of more than 1100 Carroll County men and women who served in World War 1 and essays about Company H, 1st Maryland Infantry on the Mexican Border, civilian war work, military participation, soldiers’ letters and reminiscences. $10

Carroll County Physicians of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
By Theodore E. Woodward, M.D. The history of the medical profession in Carroll County is portrayed by Dr. Theodore E. Woodward, M.D. Beginning with an introduction and reminiscence about changes in medical traditions, the book contains biographies of the academically trained physicians in each of Carroll County’s communities. It also provides a section about the history of the Carroll County Medical Society and a listing of manuscript sources available for the study of Carroll County’s doctors. $16

Carroll’s Heritage–Essays on the Architecture of a Piedmont Maryland County
By Joe Getty. What is fact and what is fiction about the early history of Carroll County? Popular beliefs about 18th century life in this region are sometimes part of a mythology that gives an inaccurate view of our past. Using early buildings as a documentary resource, these essays show how the settlers established farmsteads using the vernacular architectural traditions of the Pennsylvania German and Tidewater English cultures. Geography, log construction techniques, and ethnic customs influenced the details of these early buildings. Homes of the Winchester, Erb, Haines, Royer, Arter, Frizzel and other local families are described. Out of these traditions, a regional farmhouse style evolved that dominated the architecture of the 19th century. This book is an illustrated guide to this pattern of architectural development and provides insight about the daily life of the early settlers. $12

The Civil War in Maryland
By Daniel Carroll Toomey.  A chronology of the war in the Old Line State, from John Brown’s emergence in western Maryland in 1859 to the Lincoln funeral procession through the streets of Baltimore in 1865, this volume covers the major and minor military engagements on land and water as well as many political events.  Hardcover, illustrated.  $20.00

David Shriver, 1735 – 1826:  Pioneer & Patriot of Piedmont Maryland
By George Donald Riley, Jr.  The story of David Shriver, son of a German immigrant, who settled in Frederick (now Carroll) County in 1760 and became a founding father of the German American farmers in piedmont Maryland.  David served in the Maryland militia during the American Revolution.  In 1776, he was elected to the constitutional convention creating a constitution and bill of rights for Maryland.  He later served many years in the Maryland General Assembly as a delegate and senator.  Includes ancestral chart, maps, tables and endnotes.  Hardcover; 200 pages; indexed; illustrated. $27

The Forgotten Corner:  A History of Oakland Mill
By Diana Mills Scott.  Based on years of research, this book presents the fascinating tale of the Oakland Woolen Mill, the town it supported and the drowning of both under the waters of Liberty Reservoir.  The author made extensive use of archival sources but also interviewed several of the town’s last residents. Illustrated with over 100 photos, indexed.  $22.00

Images of America: Carroll County
By Catherine Baty.  Part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, this new volume presents a photographic history of Carroll County.  Chapters on Westminster, Hampstead, Manchester, Mount Airy, New Windsor, Sykesville, Taneytown and Union Bridge cover the growth of the County’s incorporated towns.  Another chapter deals with the smaller communities around the county.  Includes 192 photographs from the collection of the Historical Society and heritage groups from across the county.  Softcover, 128 pages.  $19.99

Images of America: Frederick County
Frederick County, a crossroads of American history, boasts some of the major building blocks of our country – the National Road, the C&O Canal and the B&O Railroad.  This book, featuring images from the collection of the Historical Society of Frederick County, illustrates the lives of the people of Frederick County from the daily chores on a farm, to urban pastimes, to dramatic events such as Confederate troops marching through Frederick and the inaugural run of the Frederick & Middletown Railway.  Part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. Softcover, 128 pages.  $19.99

Images of America:  Sykesville
By Bill Hall.  Take a glimpse into the history of the town of Sykesville along the banks of the Patapsco River in southern Carroll County.  From the arrival of the B&O Railroad’s “Old Main Line” in 1831, to 19th century copper mines, to the construction of the Springfield Hospital complex in the 1890s the town has a colorful story to tell.  Softcover, 128 pages.  $19.99

Images of America:  Taneytown
Edited by Tyler J. Boone.  Part of the Arcadia Press Images of America series this new volume presents the history of one of Carroll County’s oldest communities through photographs.  The book features 200 images of the city from the HSCC collection and private collectors.  Softcover, 128 pages.  $19.99

Legacy of the Land
By Carol Lee. This publication traces the history of agricultural enterprise in Carroll County. It documents many of the farm traditions and a way of life that is quickly disappearing from the Carroll County landscape of today. It includes vignettes written by Carroll Countians that describe special characteristics and unique features of our county’s agrarian heritage. $19.99

Make Room for Sentiment: A Physician’s Story
By Theodore E. Woodward, M.D. This autobiography of Theodore E. Woodward, M.D. traces his childhood in Westminster through his distinguished service with the U.S. Typhus Commission during WWII to his role as Chair of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine. $25

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