Lo­cal mu­seum fea­tures archival county photos

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

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.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

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.

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