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.

HOURS: 2nd and fourth Sundays from May through Oct. Open from 1 to 5.

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1969 Picture of destruction from fire at Tome School in Port Deposit Md

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Main St in Port Deposit Md Do not know the year

Cecil County History
07/25/2019

Cecil County History

Part II of III -- For younger people today, it is something an earlier generations talk about, but for those who lived through Tropical Storm Agnes in Cecil County, they will never forget the damaging force that disrupted lives along the lower Susquehanna River.

Over a five day period (June 20 to 24, 1972) the National Weather Service issued bulletins about the storm that moved along the coast, bringing torrents of rain. On June 21, 1972, the bureau downgraded Hurricane Agnes to a Tropical Storm, but it was bearing down on the Chesapeake.

As it wobbled across the bay, it brought a thorough soaking to Maryland. But after it passed through the state it hooked back and stalled dropping even larger amounts of rain over the Susquehanna River watershed in New York and Pennsylvania. According to the National Weather Service, the “storm split into two centers over Pennsylvania, one hovering over the northeastern corner of the state and the other over the north-central portion.”

Just when some thought Cecil County had escaped the worst of the storm, the waterway and its tributaries upstream started rising dangerously, all that water headed south to the mouth of the river.

Late on June 23, a mandatory evacuation of Port Deposit was ordered as the water continued to rise. Many of the evacuees were brought out by boat during an eight hour period “as the brown water came thundering down through the floodgates of the Conowingo dam with unprecedented forced,” the Evening Sun Reported. Main Street was like a canal, under 4-feet of water. (Evening Sun, June 24, 1972)

Port Deposit was empty, having been evacuated early yesterday morning, the News Journal added Last night, parts of Perryville on the same side of river as Port was being evacuated. (Morning News, June 24, 1972).

In the center of Port, only one small part of a block of Main Street was dry. “Port Deposit’s volunteer Water Witch Fire Company had taken up a new operations headquarters in the roadway having been forced from its station house earlier by feet of water,” the Wilmington paper added.

Across the river parts of Havre de Grace were being evacuated with State Police and National Guardsmen pitching in (Morning News, June 24, 1972).

Port Mayor Ryan, observing the scene, said, “We’ll get by, we’ll get through.” Roland, Johnson, a port deposit man, since 1890, pointed to the post office at 15 S. Main Street, “See the mark on the brick wall? That’s where the water came up in the 1910 flood. That was the worst, but this one Is worse than 1936.

On Saturday as exhausted first responders watched, the bulk of their emergency response work having been completed as the water rushed into town, the river slowly started returning to its banks. Soon, it was time to begin the cleanup.

“Never in eastern North America had a storm rained so hard across so man y thousands of square miles – enough, it was calculated, to add two feet of water across the 2,500 square mile Chesapeake if the bay had been a reservoir, dammed at the mouth,” the Washington Post Reported.

Part III (to be posted): The Water Witch Volunteer Fire Company and other first responders answered the call

Part I -- 46-Years Later Remembering Agnes https://www.facebook.com/pg/cecilcountyhistory/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2061340070797576

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1908 Picture of Tome Gas House located in Port Deposit Md

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1964 Picture of Bainbridge Naval Training Center in Port Deposit Md Plane is being towed to Wiley's to ship to FL

Bridging the Chesapeake: A 'Fool Idea' That Unified Maryland
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Bridging the Chesapeake: A 'Fool Idea' That Unified Maryland

On this date in 1776: Marylanders William Paca, Charles Carroll, Thomas Stone and Samuel Chase signed the Declaration of Independence.

The Baltimore Sun
07/04/2019
The Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun

Charles Carroll, of Carrollton, wouldn't get to Philadelphia and add his name to the Declaration of Independence for some weeks, but when it came to the idea that the 13 colonies must free themselves from England, he got there long before many of his fellow Marylanders.

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1963 picture of Tydings Bridge I95 in Perryville Md

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1970s Picture of Port Pool in Port Deposit Md

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1911 Picture of S Main st in Port Deposit Md

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06/11/2019

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Dr. E. S. Boyle (dentist) of Port Deposit, lived and died in his home which we now know as Gwendolyn's Marigold Manor. He bought the unimproved back lot (we formerly knew it as the Bee's Nest), just 5 years after moving onto the main lot, in 1905 for $110 (approximately $3,150.00 in 2019 money).
He was a director of Tome Institute, a director of the Citizen's National Bank, a dentist, a former mayor of Port Deposit, and had 2 children.
He died April 8, 1944 from a heart condition. He was 78.
-Kat

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1900 Picture of Port Deposit Md

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1972 Picture of flooding at Owns Fish Market in Perryville Md

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1888 Picture of Old Conowingo located north of the Dam it is now under water

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1972 Picture of flooding at Owns Fish Market in Perryville Md

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1900 Picture of Port Deposit Md

Paw Paw Museum
06/04/2019

Paw Paw Museum

Port Deposit Heritage Museum - Paw-Paw Building
05/26/2019

Port Deposit Heritage Museum - Paw-Paw Building

Does anyone remember the Train derailment just South of Port Deposit, when officials sealed off the town thinking the tank car carrying a toxic chemical had been compromised? The picture, lightened by Kat to show more detail, is clipped from The Evening Sun, 18 Oct 1984 (page 1).

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1940 Picture of construction of Hatem Bridge rt40 Perryville Md

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Picture of Conowingo Hotel Thanks to Cecil County History for this

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1961 Picture construction of the I95 Tydings Bridge in Perryville Md

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

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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

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1967 Picture of Mt Ararat Farms Milk truck up side down

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

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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

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03/26/2019

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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.

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03/20/2019

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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

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1975 Picture of Conowingo Dam in Conowingo Md

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1890 Picture of Principio Furnace Mill located in Perryville Md

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

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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

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02/06/2019

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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.

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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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