Port Deposit Heritage Museum - Paw-Paw Building

Port Deposit Heritage Museum - Paw-Paw Building This is the official page for the museum. We are locals who run the Paw-Paw Museum and are dedicated to preserving and sharing the history and ancestry of Port Deposit, MD. [email protected]

The group who runs the museum is the Port Deposit Heritage Corporation (PDHC for short). We are dedicated to preserving as many tangible, historical items as possible from this charming little town. Please know that although the page for the Paw Paw museum posts some wonderful items as well as this one, it is run privately by a local citizen and in no way affiliated with us and we cannot vouch for the integrity of items published on the places page for paw paw museum. Please note: Our museum is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.

Bainbridge Development Corporation
05/25/2020

Bainbridge Development Corporation

The BDC is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fire at Tome Inn. Details below.

05/25/2020

"Over all our happy country – over all our Nation spread, is a band of noble heroes– is our Army of the Dead."

– Will Carleton

Please enjoy a safe Memorial Day.

Actual stock certificate from the Port Deposit Electric Company,  c. 1914-Kat
05/20/2020

Actual stock certificate from the Port Deposit Electric Company, c. 1914
-Kat

Cecil County History
05/19/2020

Cecil County History

In the summer of 1868, the Port Deposit Town Commissioners awarded a contract to “rebuild the engine house and public-school room,” which had been destroyed by a fire during the winter months. In developing their plan for an expanded public building, they added a third floor for a masonic hall, and the paper remarked this structure would “far surpass in beauty the one destroyed by the fire last winter.”

Eli Sentman finished erecting the “combined town hall, public school, and masonic hall” in 1868. The engine room was on the first floor. Also, for “evildoers and night prowlers there was a town lockup, “ready to receive unwilling occupants,” the Cecil Democrat Reported.

The school board used the second floor and the third floor served as the home for the Harmony Lodge of Masons. The Knights of the Golden Eagle, a fraternal group, purchased the second floor in 1897 from the school board and sold it to Harmony Lodge in 1920.

For generations, this was Station 7, the headquarters for the Water Fire Company, but as the company grew in the 1960s, there was a need for a new headquarters.

In 1973 when the Maryland Historical Trust surveyed Port Deposit, the preservation agency noted that the municipal building was occupied by the town public works department, the masonic lodge, and the police department. On the old engine room floor, there the municipal truck and snowplow were stored.

The Historical Society of Harford County Inc
05/18/2020

The Historical Society of Harford County Inc

The Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal was a major factor in the county’s early economy. This photo near Lapidum shows one of the flatboats that carried lumber, whiskey, slate, grain and coal along the Canal in the 19th century. Lapidum was one of nine locks in Harford County’s stretch of the canal.

More about our local marble master John M. Creswell (to follow up from yesterday's post).  Quip from the Cecil Whig, Apr...
05/05/2020

More about our local marble master John M. Creswell (to follow up from yesterday's post). Quip from the Cecil Whig, April 1894.
-Kat

Although we're not 100% sure from where this marble top came, we do know it had Port Deposit written on the back, and it...
05/03/2020

Although we're not 100% sure from where this marble top came, we do know it had Port Deposit written on the back, and it was donated from a gentleman in Aberdeen. We strongly suspect this piece was made right here-in Port Deposit at Creswell's Marble shop, that was once located at 97 North Main (the empty lot next to the present day Community Center and directly across from the Paw-Paw).
-Kat

Town of Port Deposit
05/03/2020

Town of Port Deposit

HAPPY LINDA READ DAY IN PORT DEPOSIT!

In 2017, the Mayor and Council proclaimed May 3rd Linda Read Day in Port Deposit to celebrate her leadership and contributions that restored the historic Jacob Tome Gas House for the Visitor Center and Towson University Research and Education Center for the endangered Northern Map Turtle.

Due to COVID-19, you will not see Linda out and about today...so wish her a happy day!

04/23/2020

Exciting news!
Today, Kat was given a donation of a bucket of slate to make things for the museum on the laser engraver.
More notably, due to various circumstances, progress with data entry into our PastPerfect stalled. Today, we found someone very eager and trustworthy to take the laptop home and upload hundreds of images for us. We are so excited to have a gentlewoman and a scholar at the wheel, driving this project forward.

04/21/2020

QUESTION:
The Christmas ornaments were such a huge success last year (thank you all so very much) that I had planned on doing another run this year but of a different staple in Port (like the Paw Paw for example).

In light of recent events, would you rather see that, or something light hearted like a roll of toilet paper or
a tasteful (classy) spin on the quarantine?

3 choices. Which would you prefer? Feel free to add your own idea...

-Kat

Another postcard to show...  Silver Cross Epileptic Home.-Kat
04/20/2020

Another postcard to show... Silver Cross Epileptic Home.
-Kat

When we open up again, we will have these souvenirs available. Most are photos taken by me, with the exception of the to...
04/18/2020

When we open up again, we will have these souvenirs available. Most are photos taken by me, with the exception of the town seal and Rhonda logo.
A suggested donation of $5 will take one home, with the proceeds going to our roof fund.

-Kat

Did you know the original set of steps inside the Paw Paw were spiral?  Here is a picture of the actual stairs, along wi...
04/17/2020

Did you know the original set of steps inside the Paw Paw were spiral? Here is a picture of the actual stairs, along with their location marked on a drawing from 1978, before the PDHC restored it.
-Kat

I stopped by the museum a bit ago and saw our president had some plans laid out.  This drawing from c. 1978 depicts ther...
04/16/2020

I stopped by the museum a bit ago and saw our president had some plans laid out. This drawing from c. 1978 depicts there was once a marble plaque above the front door. Does anyone have any information on that?
-Kat

1910.  Just south of Rock Run.  The quarry is in the background.  The ice gorge bent the tracks.Photo digitized by Kat w...
04/16/2020

1910. Just south of Rock Run. The quarry is in the background. The ice gorge bent the tracks.

Photo digitized by Kat while on loan from Steven Rosner.

A little something fun.  "You get no gas with our meals".  Donna's Gas Station.  South Main Street where the empty lot i...
04/15/2020

A little something fun. "You get no gas with our meals". Donna's Gas Station. South Main Street where the empty lot is now between Cool Beans and Mildred & Company.
Digitized by Kat with special thanks to Steven Rosner for the loan.

04/14/2020

PLACES TO VISIT
Have you ever wondered what museums or trails are around that perhaps you've never visited, or haven't been in awhile?
Here is a list of local places to go once we get out of quarantine and they reopen. If you can think of any I may have missed, please comment and I can update!

Aberdeen Historical Museum (Aberdeen)
Anita Leight Estaury Center (Abingdon)
Bainbridge Museum (Port Deposit)
C & D Canal Museum (Chesapeake City)
Cecil County Farm Museum (Elkton)
Community Connecting Us (Port Deposit)
Concord Point Lighthouse (HdG)
Conowingo Dam Fisherman's Park (Conowingo)
Decoy Museum (HdG)
Eden Mill Nature Center (Pylesville)
Elk Neck State Park (North East)
Fair Hill Nature Center (Elkton)
Havre de Grace Colored School Museum (HdG)
Hays House Museum (Bel Air)
Historical Society of Cecil County (Elkton)
Historical Society of Harford County (Bel Air)
Hosanna School Museum (Darlington)
Indian Steps Museum (Airville, PA)
Lafayette Trail (HdG)
Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Trail (Conowingo to HdG)
Maritime Museum (HdG)
North Park Trail (HdG)
Octoraro Trail (Rising Sun)
Old Line Museum (Delta)
Perry Point Veterans Museum (Perry Point)
Perryville Train Museum (Perryville)
Port Deposit Heritage Museum in the Paw Paw Bldg. (Port Deposit)
Port Deposit Visitor Center and Turtle Habitat (Port Deposit)
Robert Fulton Birthplace (Quarryville, PA)
Rocks State Park (Jarrettsville)
The Promenade (HdG)
Tudor Hall (Churchville)
Rodgers Tavern (Perryville)
Steppingstone Museum (HdG)
Susquehanna Lockhouse Museum (HdG)
Turkey Point Lighthouse (North East)
Upper Bay Museum (North East)

-Kat

04/13/2020

Happy Easter!
If you are a member of the PDHC, and did not receive an email from me tonight of a very rare book from 1914 that has been digitized, please let me know and I can update our records. Our Easter gift to our members...

-Kat

03/31/2020
Town of Port Deposit

Town of Port Deposit

Click on the link below to view a copy of the Town of Port Deposit's Declaration of Local State of Emergency and Catastrophic Health Emergency.

https://bcf50110-daa4-4a38-a317-7ceff52e00e6.filesusr.com/ugd/94e3df_ae0ff2e22f144f3687dffe2aaac4d93b.pdf

03/29/2020

If you are a member of the PDHC and your dues are up to date, and have not received an email from me today, please message us here through FB.

03/29/2020

On behalf of the Port Deposit Heritage Corporation board, I would like to inform our members and the public that, due to Maryland's "social distancing" policies and in an effort to keep everyone safe and sound, PDHC President George Maldeis has cancelled our board meeting on Thursday, April 2, our first "Paint Night" on Friday, April 3, and our 45th Annual General Meeting on Thursday, April 16, 2020.

Right now, the board of directors is planning to met on Thursday, May 7, 2020 for their regular monthly meeting and will reschedule the Annual General Meeting at that time.

-Kat

Cool Beans Market has set up a free library outside their shop.  One of our members has donated these so we can donate t...
03/27/2020

Cool Beans Market has set up a free library outside their shop. One of our members has donated these so we can donate to the town.
Take one and leave one of you can. If you can't, just enjoy!
-Kat

Apologies on not posting much lately.I, like many of us, have been laid off so I am cleaning.  In my closet I found a li...
03/26/2020

Apologies on not posting much lately.
I, like many of us, have been laid off so I am cleaning. In my closet I found a little bit of history from when Port Vape & Brew and the Port Deposit Paranormal Society came together to help Plumpton Park Zoo raise funds for a girlfriend for Jimmy the giraffe.
-Kat

Boyd K Rutherford
03/21/2020

Boyd K Rutherford

A great resource for seniors from the Maryland Department of Aging during this time, especially those who live alone or are in need of assistance. Call 1-866-50-CHECK or register online at: aging.maryland.gov

St. Patrick's Chapel
03/11/2020

St. Patrick's Chapel

Join us for the annual St. Patrick's Day Mass this Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 11:00 AM. All are welcome! Refreshments will be served afterwards.

03/08/2020
Community Connecting Us

Community Connecting Us

Get to know our NEIGH-bors! Great video @AnchorAndHopeInsider! Can't wait to see more!

#PortDeposit #BestNeighbors #HorsePuns

Who remembers Winchester's?  -Kat
03/04/2020

Who remembers Winchester's?
-Kat

Any body know these women’s names?
03/03/2020

Any body know these women’s names?

On February 24, 1837 the Port Deposit Town Commissioners passed an ordinance that they he paid $5 a year at the expirati...
02/24/2020

On February 24, 1837 the Port Deposit Town Commissioners passed an ordinance that they he paid $5 a year at the expiration of their services, while the Judge of Elections was to earn $1.

Craigtown Auto Inc
02/20/2020

Craigtown Auto Inc

1949 Picture of construction of the Port Pool in Port Deposit Md

Who remembers Dardin's?  -Kat
02/20/2020

Who remembers Dardin's?
-Kat

I bought a 1978 phone book today from JoRetro in HdG.  Does anyone know where this was?  -Kat
01/22/2020

I bought a 1978 phone book today from JoRetro in HdG. Does anyone know where this was?
-Kat

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98 North Main Street
Port Deposit, MD
21904

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Hi! Could you tell me about the asylum that was in Port Deposit around the 1900’s?
Kat. Do u have any duplicates of post cards that you’d like to trade or sell?
I am so thankful that I had the privilege of growing up in PortDeposit.....I enjoy so many beautiful memories that fill my heart . 💝🙏
Do you have any information and pictures of the white house at the bottom of the big hill when it was a hospital???
What did you teach?
Photo I took of the demolition of the Tome School in Port Deposit. I started teaching there in 1970 before the school moved to North East. Retired 2008.
I have some photos from my Mother's collection (Dorothy Robinson of 23 High Street). These are from Marvin Duff, who I believe was a photographer s he worked for in the 1940's.
I am very interested in the museum!!!
Student desk from Tome School Port Deposit
School bell from Tome School Port Deposit
My rolltop desk from the Drennen pharmacy in Port Deposit
Any history on the white building on the right in this pic?? I know at some point it was an automobile dealer (unsure of when it was built and or used as such), and later operated as an auto body shop.