Mu­seum fea­tures archival photo col­lec­tion

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s Mu­seum of Eastern Shore Life is con­tin­u­ing to fea­ture its archival photo col­lec­tion.

The photo se­lected for Septem­ber is of the old Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and county jail build­ing, which was lo­cated where the Lib­erty Build­ing and park­ing lot be­hind it are now lo­cated at the cor­ner of Lib­erty Street and Broad­way in Centreville. That build­ing was sub­se­quently de­mol­ished, and the sher­iff’s of­fice was re­lo­cated and the county jail was re­placed by a de­ten­tion cen­ter north of Centreville.

The county of­fice build­ing, called the Lib­erty Build­ing, was then built on that site. It now houses the of­fices of the county com­mis­sion­ers, county fi­nance, reg­is­ter of wills, state’s at­tor­ney and hu­man re­sources and has public meet­ing rooms.

De­mo­li­tion of the old build­ing be­gan about 1990 and the new Lib­erty Build­ing was then con­structed. Upon com­ple­tion, the ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony was held in 1993. Some jail cell bars from the old county jail were used as part of the decor on the sec­ond floor of the Lib­erty Build­ing and are on public view to­day.

The mu­seum was open to vis­i­tors dur­ing the re­cent an­nual county fair and sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple stopped in to visit. It will be open to vis­i­tors from 1 un­til 4 p.m. on Satur­day, Sept. 3. Ad­mis­sion is free of charge, though do­na­tions are al­ways 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.


On the left is the build­ing that once housed the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and county jail. The site is the lo­ca­tion to­day of the Lib­erty Build­ing. Across the street at right is an apart­ment build­ing where a gas sta­tion and convenience store are now lo­cated.

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