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.

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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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1900 Picture of Turkey Point Lighthouse located in North East Md

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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.

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

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

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Newspaper clip of the day. Alvin Ruley Jr. 1992

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1953 Picture of center of Town of Rising Sun Md

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1935 Picture of Main st in Port Deposit Md

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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.

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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.

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Are you related? Amelia Ann McMullen Williams, born 1845 Port Deposit, Cecil County. Daughter of Joseph McMullen. Wife of John W. Williams. She died in 1878

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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.

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1927 Picture of construction of Conowingo Dam in Conowingo Md

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Columbia and Port Deposit Railroad.

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1929 Picture of Main st in Port Deposit Md

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Newspaper clip of the day. Port Deposit 1985.

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Cecil County History

Calvert is one of the most interesting villages in Cecil County, its history extending far back time. Originally known as Brick Meeting Haven House, it stands on land granted by William Penn. Once the Mason-Dixon Line settled the boundary dispute between Maryland and Pennsylvania it was firmly established that the community was in Maryland. Because it was midway on the old Baltimore-Philadelphia Pike, Brick Meeting was frequently visited by travelers.

Sometime between 1878 to 1880, the post office requested that the village drop the name Brick Meeting and after that it was known as Calvert.

In 1893, the North East newspaper, the Cecil Star, reported that Calvert was a busy little village. It supported two stores, a blacksmith and wheelwright shop, two hotels, and two grist mills. The population of the village was 125 and the postmaster was J. E. Crothers, who also kept a general store. The other merchant was John P. Simpers.

Here are some dates of interest

* In 1847 James Trimble gave the land to create Rosebank Cemetery, which was the name of his farm.

* In 1890, Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church leased 1/2 acre of ground for 99-years from the England family and erected a house of worship.

* The foundation for the new M.E. Church at Calvert be be called Rosebank Methodist Episcopal Church was being commenced the week of May 20, 1891 and the church was dedicated on Oct. 25, 1891. The Church was dedicated in the presence of a large congregation and ministers of both the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches of the vicinity. Rev. George E. Reed, the president of Dickinson College preached the dedicatory sermon. In the evening a handsome silver communion service was presented by the Calvert W.C.T.U. through Mrs. J. R. Milligan of Zion . (Oxford Press).

* In 1908 the post office discontinued the post office at Calvert, the rural route having replaced the village post office.

* In 1936, the Calvert Agricultural High School burned to the ground. A new school was constructed on the old site.

* In 1958, the school was changed over to an elementary school and pupils from the upper grades were bused to Rising Sun.

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Sources:

Cecil County Maryland: A Study in Local History by Alice Miller (1949)

Cecil County Bicentennial Booklet (1976)

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1942 Picture of Tome Junior School 20 S Main st in Port Deposit Md It was called Jefferson Hall

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Richard's Oak was a popular spot for late 19th and early 20th century photographers. And as the horse and buggy gave way to the automobile and the arrival of Route 1, many of them stopped to snap a couple of pictures of Richard's Oak. Today Richard's Oak is gone, but a Maryland Historical Roadside

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John Stump Jr. and his horse Gypsy. John Jr. born 1889, Port Deposit, Cecil County Maryland.

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The Conowingo Inn.

Source: Baltimore Sun, Sunday Magazine, April 2, 1925

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Madeline Hoopes born 1895 Port Deposit,Maryland. Daughter of Howard and Jessie Hoopes.

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Are you related? Top right George Oldham born1848 and Cora Oldham born 1852 and lived in Port Deposit.They had 1 son Harry Oldham. The woman sitting on the right is Lizzie Atkinson born 1866 and was a post office clerk in Port Deposit.

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1982 smugglers map to Cecil County

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1905 Picture of Port Deposit Md This is the center of Town

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1976 Picture of moving truck at Bainbridge Naval Training center in Port Deposit Md The base closed March 30 1976

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1935 Picture of Main st in Port Deposit Md

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Rising Sun -- "A passenger train that was making its way through the gloom of a winter night was robbed outside Rising Sun 133 years ago. Admittedly, it was not a great holdup, for it only involved a watch or two and small sums of money. Nevertheless, a raid on the rails in Cecil County, one causing fear as highwaymen cleaned passengers out of valuables, was a singular occurrence in this area. . . ."

From a Window on Cecil County's Past

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We are sorting through more old photographs and found this portrait of an old African American woman. She is part of the Squier family album. They lived in Port Deposit. Circa 1900

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Picture of Main st in Port Deposit Md Not sure of the year

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1905 Picture of Rt 222 going into Port Deposit Md

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1929 Picture of VA Hospital at Perry Point Md This was the Hospital at this time

Old Tome School landmark gutted 4 years ago
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Old Tome School landmark gutted 4 years ago

Old Tome School landmark gutted 4 years ago

PORT DEPOSIT — It was four years ago today that the night sky above the town on the banks of the Susquehanna River lit up with an ominous glow. It

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Southern Cecil has many forgotten schoolhouses

Southern Cecil has many forgotten schoolhouses

CECIL COUNTY — In 1970, Ernest Howard endeavored to compile a history of the public schools of Cecil County from 1850-1958 when most small rural schools were closed. Accompanied by

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The O'Brien's of Port Deposit summer cottage in Rehoboth Beach 1916. Theo Jr. and Mom.

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Photographs from the O’Brien family album. Rev. Theodore A.H. O’Brien was a M.E. Minster in Port Deposit 1912-1915. Here he is standing on the banks of the Susquehanna River.

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Lovely young ladies in Port Deposit around 1880. Standing Sophie Burke and Jessie Reynolds, Emma Long and Ilder Squier, Carrie Reynolds and Mollie Millingham. These young ladies are beautiful.

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1972 Picture of flooding from hurricane Agnes in Port Deposit Md

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Port Deposit Heritage Museum - Paw-Paw Building

Most pictures are in Port Deposit. Some are unknown but came from his collection and studio in Port Deposit.
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1925 Picture of main st in Port Deposit Md

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1967 Picture of Mt Ararat Farms milk delivery truck Thanks to Port Deposit Heritage Museum for this

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Picture of construction of the Port Deposit Swimming Pool located in Port Deposit Md

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98 N Main St
Port Deposit, MD
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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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