Local museum features archival county photos
CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s Museum of Eastern Shore Life will be featuring its collection of archival photos for most of 2016. One of the oldest photos in the museum’s collection is a photo of the Temperance Hotel in Centreville in the 1880s. The hotel was located on the east side of North Commerce Street just north of Broadway, where the county health department is now.
The photo shows 18 people sitting and standing around outside the hotel. Note the two children seated on a large block of granite curbside. That block of granite is still in place today, curbside, in front of the health department.
That site later became the location of the Centreville Grammar School, which served until the current Centreville Elementary School opened in 1957. The old school building then served as the county office building for the county commissioners, the county agricultural offices, the Maryland State Police and others.
A severe lightning strike in 1963 caused a fire in that building, destroying many offices and their contents. The building was rebuilt, but without the third floor. That building subsequently became the health department building which is still in service today, though renovated.
The museum is requesting residents of Queen Anne’s County who may have photos from many years ago — 1800s through the 1960s — to loan those photos to the museum so that copies can be made for display. The originals would be promptly returned to the owners. A note could be sent to the museum at P. O. Box 525, Centreville, MD 21617.
The museum will be open to visitors from 1 until 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. Admission is free, though donations are appreciated.
The museum is located at the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park on Route 18 at Dulin Clark Road between Centreville and Queenstown.
Queen Anne’s Museum of Eastern Shore Life Board members Mike Kader, left, and Bonnie Roschy greet museum visitors Saturday, April 2. The museum is rich in artifacts and antiques that have been donated by local families to the museum over the years. Two new exhibits are under development: one on the late “Farmer John,” John W. Selby and the other on the history of Queen Anne’s County. The museum is open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. the first Saturday of each month through October. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.