Museum features archival photo collection
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.