Paw Paw Museum

Paw Paw Museum The building with the strange name and the intriguing history, known originally as the Paw Paw Building in Port Deposit, was built in 1821.
The Paw Paw Museum is open the second and fourth Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., May through October. The Paw Paw Museum remains a "must see" for several tour groups throughout the northeastern United States and attracts visitors from all over the country to do research or learn a little more about the one and one-half mile long town on the Susquehanna River. The Paw Paw features a small gift shop where copies of the PDHC published book "We Called It Everlasting Granite And, By Golly, It Is: Stories of the Port Deposit Granite Quarries" are still available.
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HOURS: 2nd and fourth Sundays from May through Oct. Open from 1 to 5.

Craigtown Auto Inc
05/09/2019

Craigtown Auto Inc

Picture of Conowingo Hotel Thanks to Cecil County History for this

Craigtown Auto Inc
05/06/2019

Craigtown Auto Inc

1961 Picture construction of the I95 Tydings Bridge in Perryville Md

Craigtown Auto Inc
04/29/2019

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Picture inside of Memorial hall in Port deposit Md Part of the Tome School Campus

04/24/2019
Port Deposit Heritage Museum - Paw-Paw Building
04/19/2019

Port Deposit Heritage Museum - Paw-Paw Building

In relation to George's post share about Port getting a Chief of Police today, I'd like to share this wonderful story about a heartwarming rescue in 1910, when Port Deposit's police dog was very instrumental in the rescue of another dog.
https://www.newspapers.com/clip/30740440/nov_1910_port_deposit_police_dog/
-Kat

Historical Society of Cecil County
04/12/2019

Historical Society of Cecil County

Postcard of the day, Main Street Old Conowingo, circa 1900

Craigtown Auto Inc
04/11/2019

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1967 Picture of Mt Ararat Farms Milk truck up side down

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04/03/2019

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1910 Picture of Main st in Conowingo Md Thanks to Cecil County History for this

Craigtown Auto Inc
04/01/2019

Craigtown Auto Inc

1907 Picture of Port Deposit Granite Quarry in Port Deposit Md

Historical Society of Cecil County
03/31/2019

Historical Society of Cecil County

Postcard of the day, H.C. Service Station, Conowingo Cecil County Maryland. Most likely 1920-1930

Craigtown Auto Inc
03/26/2019

Craigtown Auto Inc

1922 Picture of Main st in Port Deposit Md

Historical Society of Cecil County
03/23/2019

Historical Society of Cecil County

Are you related? Eleanor Hammond 1906-1988. Daughter of James and Mary Hammond. Lived in Port Deposit.

Historical Society of Cecil County
03/23/2019

Historical Society of Cecil County

Do you have Port Deposit Memories? Henry Peden and Jack Shagena would like to include them in a book they are currently writing about Port Deposit. If you do we can put you in contact with them.

Craigtown Auto Inc
03/20/2019

Craigtown Auto Inc

1929 Picture of Main st in Port Deposit Md

Port Deposit Heritage Museum - Paw-Paw Building
03/16/2019

Port Deposit Heritage Museum - Paw-Paw Building

Rock Run, Port Deposit. Postcard made for Carson's Pharmacy c. 1910.
-Kat

Craigtown Auto Inc
03/14/2019

Craigtown Auto Inc

1975 Picture of Conowingo Dam in Conowingo Md

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02/27/2019

Craigtown Auto Inc

1890 Picture of Principio Furnace Mill located in Perryville Md

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02/25/2019

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1926 Last picture taken of Old Conowingo It is now under water after the Dam was built

Craigtown Auto Inc
02/18/2019

Craigtown Auto Inc

1940's Picture of White Horse Hotel rt40 in Perryville Md

Historical Society of Cecil County
02/08/2019

Historical Society of Cecil County

Perfect for Valentine’s Day. Custom framed map of Rising Sun District from the 1877 Atlas only $50.00

Port Deposit Heritage Museum - Paw-Paw Building
02/06/2019

Port Deposit Heritage Museum - Paw-Paw Building

Here is another automotive ad from Port Deposit, circa 1951. Where was this located?
-Kat

Craigtown Auto Inc
02/06/2019

Craigtown Auto Inc

1966 Picture of Woodlawn Fire Tower located on Fire Tower rd in Port Deposit Md

Port Deposit Heritage Museum - Paw-Paw Building
02/03/2019

Port Deposit Heritage Museum - Paw-Paw Building

Kat was very sick yesterday so apologies for not posting. It did prompt her to pull anything doctor-related she had lying around, though. Hard to believe Port had so many doctors over the years!

Historical Society of Cecil County
01/31/2019

Historical Society of Cecil County

From our photograph collection, Railroad men. According to the back of the photograph far left is Harry Sentman and 5th from left is Charles H. Sentman.

Port Deposit Heritage Museum - Paw-Paw Building
01/31/2019

Port Deposit Heritage Museum - Paw-Paw Building

Port Deposit pool. 1980 pass book and rules inside cover.
-Kat

Craigtown Auto Inc
01/30/2019

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1927 Picture of construction of the Conowingo Dam

Historical Society of Cecil County
01/30/2019

Historical Society of Cecil County

Same building different times. The first is the store of Arthur H. Owens located on Front Street in Perryville. The second photograph is much later when the property was apartments.

Port Deposit Heritage Museum - Paw-Paw Building
01/30/2019

Port Deposit Heritage Museum - Paw-Paw Building

1976. Port Deposit Pool.
-Kat

Cecil County History
01/20/2019
Cecil County History

Cecil County History

Port Deposit -- "The Susquehanna River Basin Commission declared the 1996 flood the third worst — after Hurricane Agnes in 1972 and the Flood of 1936. In some places, ice jams caused the river to rise as much as 8 feet in an hour, at Harrisburg, Pa., the river rose 15 feet in 14 hours, with much of that occurring in a three-hour surge. Conowingo Dam recorded its second highest flow ever at 6.8 million gallons per second or enough to fill 27 large community swimming pools — every second. . . "

Cecil Whig

Historical Society of Cecil County
01/19/2019

Historical Society of Cecil County

The gentleman with the trombone on the right is (George) Oliver Fisher born in 1851 in the Port Deposit/ Perryville area. Husband of Annie Hines Fisher and father of 7.

Historical Society of Cecil County
01/17/2019

Historical Society of Cecil County

These handsome men all worked for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Photo is from around the turn of the century. Nice hats.

Delaware Public Archives
01/16/2019

Delaware Public Archives

On This Day In 1920: At midnight the 18th Amendment went into effect. The transport, manufacture, and sale of liquor was now prohibited.

Craigtown Auto Inc
01/10/2019

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1941 Picture of Double Decker Bridge over the Susquehanna River This is the Havre de Grace Md Side of the Bridge

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01/07/2019

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1900 Picture of Turkey Point Lighthouse located in North East Md

Historical Society of Cecil County
01/04/2019

Historical Society of Cecil County

01/01/2019
Historical Society of Cecil County
01/01/2019

Historical Society of Cecil County

Laura Ann McDowell Swisher Hess 1858-1942. Daughter of Reese McDowell and Rachel Graham McDowell. The back of the photo states the other woman is Granny Yeatts.

Craigtown Auto Inc
12/28/2018

Craigtown Auto Inc

1940s Picture of Dinsmore Chevrolet Main st in Rising Sun Md

Historical Society of Cecil County
12/22/2018

Historical Society of Cecil County

Beatty's drug store North East, Cecil Maryland. Charles E. Beatty born 1845 in Cecil took over the family business from his father William.

Historical Society of Cecil County
12/18/2018

Historical Society of Cecil County

Newspaper clip of the day. Alvin Ruley Jr. 1992

Craigtown Auto Inc
12/17/2018

Craigtown Auto Inc

1953 Picture of center of Town of Rising Sun Md

Craigtown Auto Inc
12/17/2018

Craigtown Auto Inc

1935 Picture of Main st in Port Deposit Md

Cecil County History
12/13/2018
Cecil County History

Cecil County History

Port Deposit --- "Known as the Tome Steps, the staircase was built in 1905 along with Adams Hall, which was the gymnasium for the Jacob Tome Institute. The institute, founded by town resident and billionaire philanthropist Jacob Tome, was the public school for Port Deposit. Adams Hall is now Port Deposit Town Hall. . . ."

From the Cecil Whig.

Historical Society of Cecil County
11/29/2018

Historical Society of Cecil County

These cute children are Bertha McDowell b. 1881 and Charles McDowell b. 1882. They are the children of MIllard and Laura McDowell of Port Deposit.

Address

98 N Main St
Port Deposit, MD
21904

General information

The building with the strange name and the intriguing history, known originally as the Paw Paw Building in Port Deposit, was built in 1821. It was named for two paw-paw bushes which once flanked the entrance, and today one paw paw stands sentinel at the entrance of the old structure. If you’ve ever heard the children’s song, "Way down yonder in the paw paw patch," or "pickin’ up paw paws and puttin’ ‘em in a basket," the name suddenly isn’t so strange. The Paw Paw was the first church structure of any denomination in Port Deposit, serving the Methodist congregation. The building had three entrances for this congregation – "one for men, one for women and one for coloreds," according to the writings of the pseudonym utilizing historian Guyas Cutas in 1876. All of the congregants, no matter which door they used, attended services together. Originally a one-story building, there was a high pulpit on one side and a balcony for African-Americans, reached only by the outside entrance. According to historians, including the late James Chapman, a multi-term Councilman in Port Deposit, the Paw Paw was the scene of much Underground Railroad activity. Said Cutas, "…many a runaway salve crouched in the balcony as the word was preached from the pulpit." The second story was added by the Odd Fellows in 1857 and the familiar coating of stucco was added, as was popular at the time. The building was then used as a meeting hall by Harmony Lodge Masons from 1852 to 1867 and in later years housed an academy, store and a restaurant. Sadly this historic structure was derelict for many years, its walls crumbling and its worth fading, but in 1975 a small group made a first step in preserving Port Deposit’s history. Founded by the late Grace Humphries, the Port Deposit Heritage Corporation was chartered and the Paw Paw was chosen as their first project. It was purchased by PDHC in 1975 and fundraising began in earnest to save the dilapidated building. Through grants from Maryland Historical Trust and Preservation Maryland this building was saved. The Cecil Historical Trust contributed funding for interior improvements along with the Port Deposit VFW. These funds and donations from members and supporters help to create the museum setting in use today. The exterior was stabilized first and for years all funds were used to replace windows and shutters, re-stucco the walls, replace the roof and add doors. Then interior work began. Finally, the first floor was completed during the summer of 1991 and the Paw Paw Museum was opened to the public on August 24, 1991. Old photos, yearbooks, stoves, clothing, authentic Civil War items and other local memorabilia were and continue to be displayed, collected and preserved here for future generations. The second floor of the Paw Paw Museum was restored in the late 1990s, and is now used as a meeting room for PDHC and other organizations. The Paw Paw Museum is open the second and fourth Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., May through October. The 2002 season of the Paw Paw Museum featured the "Patriotism of Port Deposit, " which was well received and enjoyed by hundreds of visitors from across the country, who also conducted genealogical research while visiting. The 2003 season of the Paw Paw Museum features an exhibit on Snow’s Battery B and Port Deposit during the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865. The exhibit was created by museum curator Erika L. Quesenbery with assistance by museum volunteer J. Kevin Matthews. The exhibit features Civil War relics carried into battle by the men of Snow’s Battery B, 1st Maryland Light Artillery, composed of men from the 7th District of Cecil County, primarily from Port Deposit and environs. Period photographs, many on public display for the first time, enhance the exhibit as do recreations of camp scenes such as a dog tent and officer’s quarters. The battery earned high honors and praise during the war from General Franz Sigel and Captain Romeyn B. Ayres, and were even visited by President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton who watched them drill in Northern Virginia. Transcripts of original Civil War letters written by these men, including 1st Lieutenants Theodore Vanneman, James H. Kidd and L.A.C. Gerry, Captain Alonzo Snow, and 2nd Lt. Leonard Parker are included in the exhibit, alongside Captain Snow’s engraved sword, flask and pistol. The Paw Paw Museum remains a "must see" for several tour groups throughout the northeastern United States and attracts visitors from all over the country to do research or learn a little more about the one and one-half mile long town on the Susquehanna River. The Paw Paw features a small gift shop where copies of the PDHC published book "We Called It Everlasting Granite And, By Golly, It Is: Stories of the Port Deposit Granite Quarries" are still available.

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