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

[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

Operating as usual

Thank you all to the many that came to Bainbridge Day and later, the museum in the Paw Paw Building.  Here are the remai...
09/12/2021

Thank you all to the many that came to Bainbridge Day and later, the museum in the Paw Paw Building. Here are the remainder of the pictures I promised you all from my 2015 tour. At least you were able to see the virtual tour through the base on our new kiosk!
-Kat

In honor of Bainbridge Day and tours that can no longer happen, here are some photos I took on my 2015 tour.-Kat
09/11/2021

In honor of Bainbridge Day and tours that can no longer happen, here are some photos I took on my 2015 tour.
-Kat

St. James Episcopal Church, West side of South Main Street (now an empty parking lot).1871-1966JTI is can be seen on the...
09/09/2021

St. James Episcopal Church, West side of South Main Street (now an empty parking lot).
1871-1966
JTI is can be seen on the left.
Photo taken by the former Rev. Hipkins.

-Kat

St. James Episcopal Church, West side of South Main Street (now an empty parking lot).
1871-1966
JTI is can be seen on the left.
Photo taken by the former Rev. Hipkins.

-Kat

Pardon the glare, as I did not remove it from the frame to photograph.Picture of a class trip of JTI to Washingon D.C., ...
09/07/2021

Pardon the glare, as I did not remove it from the frame to photograph.
Picture of a class trip of JTI to Washingon D.C., class of 1929.
Pictured from left are:
Frank Perugino
Dorothy McCardell
Harold Kopp
Marguerite George
Haywood Robinson
Millicent Mckeown
Ralph Wi******er
Jean Meager
France McDowell
Francis Graham
Elizabeth Robinson
Margaret Perugino
Margatret Hobbs
Henrietta Smith
Emma Eberhardt
Miss Maxwell
Russell Liddell
Joseph Abrahams
Marion Blackburn
Sue Meng
Howard Craig
Dorothy Garvin
John Fisher
Ernest Taylor
Helen Woodrow
Nelson Norttingham
Jessie Johhnson
Stanley Sentmen
Hannah Pugh
Mary Calvert
Franklin Benjamin
Everett Krummel
Mr. May P. P. R. (representing the Pennsylvania Railroad))

Classmates in the class of 1929 who didn't go on the D.C. excursion:
Sallie Henry
Murray Craig
Ella McFadden'
Willia Campbell
Mildred McNeilly
Virginia Wardell
Helen Craig
Ralph McCardell

-Kat

Pardon the glare, as I did not remove it from the frame to photograph.
Picture of a class trip of JTI to Washingon D.C., class of 1929.
Pictured from left are:
Frank Perugino
Dorothy McCardell
Harold Kopp
Marguerite George
Haywood Robinson
Millicent Mckeown
Ralph Wi******er
Jean Meager
France McDowell
Francis Graham
Elizabeth Robinson
Margaret Perugino
Margatret Hobbs
Henrietta Smith
Emma Eberhardt
Miss Maxwell
Russell Liddell
Joseph Abrahams
Marion Blackburn
Sue Meng
Howard Craig
Dorothy Garvin
John Fisher
Ernest Taylor
Helen Woodrow
Nelson Norttingham
Jessie Johhnson
Stanley Sentmen
Hannah Pugh
Mary Calvert
Franklin Benjamin
Everett Krummel
Mr. May P. P. R. (representing the Pennsylvania Railroad))

Classmates in the class of 1929 who didn't go on the D.C. excursion:
Sallie Henry
Murray Craig
Ella McFadden'
Willia Campbell
Mildred McNeilly
Virginia Wardell
Helen Craig
Ralph McCardell

-Kat

Photo taken by Rev. Hipkins.Royal Bar fire.  1979.-Kat
09/05/2021

Photo taken by Rev. Hipkins.
Royal Bar fire.
1979.
-Kat

Photo taken by Rev. Hipkins.
Royal Bar fire.
1979.
-Kat

Friends, we have some very sad news to report.  We waited a few days so family could be notified but this is an announce...
09/03/2021

Friends, we have some very sad news to report. We waited a few days so family could be notified but this is an announcement that pains us all to make.

Our President, Becky Guerrero, has passed away.

She has been sick with cancer for years but many never knew. Her tenacity for life, energy and whimsical spirit prevailed no matter the situation. She was an absolute joy to be around and a positive influence for so many.

She was the daughter of our former President, Reverend George Hipkins (who's many photographs have been and will be featured).
She was married to David Guerrero (also a Board Member with the PDHC) for 53 years.

Today is her birthday.

Becky was instrumental in so many facets of several volunteer groups. Her time was not her own, as she gave it freely to so many.
The kiosk at the Paw Paw for example, was made possible by the grant writings of her friend (and our Secretary, JoAnne Luglio Bierly), but she organized the specifications, ordering and delivery of the equipment (a process that took much back and forth and several months). We also can't fail to mention all the hard work she put into the completion of the roof replacement project (to be completed next month).

We are all so heartbroken with the loss of this pure and loving woman. One can only hope to have a portion of her spirit, as it was impossibly bountiful.

Christmas ornaments will be redesigned to incorporate her initials in this 200th anniversary edition, in memoriam and honor of Becky.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

We will miss her intensely.

-Kat

Friends, we have some very sad news to report. We waited a few days so family could be notified but this is an announcement that pains us all to make.

Our President, Becky Guerrero, has passed away.

She has been sick with cancer for years but many never knew. Her tenacity for life, energy and whimsical spirit prevailed no matter the situation. She was an absolute joy to be around and a positive influence for so many.

She was the daughter of our former President, Reverend George Hipkins (who's many photographs have been and will be featured).
She was married to David Guerrero (also a Board Member with the PDHC) for 53 years.

Today is her birthday.

Becky was instrumental in so many facets of several volunteer groups. Her time was not her own, as she gave it freely to so many.
The kiosk at the Paw Paw for example, was made possible by the grant writings of her friend (and our Secretary, JoAnne Luglio Bierly), but she organized the specifications, ordering and delivery of the equipment (a process that took much back and forth and several months). We also can't fail to mention all the hard work she put into the completion of the roof replacement project (to be completed next month).

We are all so heartbroken with the loss of this pure and loving woman. One can only hope to have a portion of her spirit, as it was impossibly bountiful.

Christmas ornaments will be redesigned to incorporate her initials in this 200th anniversary edition, in memoriam and honor of Becky.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

We will miss her intensely.

-Kat

Photo taken by the former Rev. Hipkins.It is the same vantage point as is on the cover of the "Port Deposit: River town ...
09/03/2021

Photo taken by the former Rev. Hipkins.
It is the same vantage point as is on the cover of the "Port Deposit: River town in the Shadow of a Cliff" book.
-Kat

Photo taken by the former Rev. Hipkins.
It is the same vantage point as is on the cover of the "Port Deposit: River town in the Shadow of a Cliff" book.
-Kat

Street scene, 1893.  Location unknown but was in the Port Deposit collection donated by Roberta White.Kat guesses this i...
09/01/2021

Street scene, 1893. Location unknown but was in the Port Deposit collection donated by Roberta White.
Kat guesses this is the North end of town, past the North Park.

Street scene, 1893. Location unknown but was in the Port Deposit collection donated by Roberta White.
Kat guesses this is the North end of town, past the North Park.

08/31/2021

Do you have a passion for history and/or Port Deposit?
Do you want to be on the Board of Directors with the Port Deposit Heritage Corporation?
Well, then - we want you!

You don't have to live in Port Deposit but do have to attend our monthly night meeting, and be a paid member of the PDHC.

Your feedback and energy are welcome at every meeting and if after a year you still want to be involved, you can run for an officer position on the Board of Directors.
We meet the first Thursday of every month, usually at the Paw Paw Building, at 7pm.

-Kat Koenig

If interested, message or tag me here.

We are actively seeking new members, and ultimately Directors.

View of North Main Street, 1904.Part of the collection donated by Roberta White.-Kat
08/30/2021

View of North Main Street, 1904.
Part of the collection donated by Roberta White.
-Kat

View of North Main Street, 1904.
Part of the collection donated by Roberta White.
-Kat

Main Street, looking toward town square from Rowland Alley.  Part of the collection donated by Roberta White.-Kat
08/28/2021

Main Street, looking toward town square from Rowland Alley.
Part of the collection donated by Roberta White.
-Kat

Main Street, looking toward town square from Rowland Alley.
Part of the collection donated by Roberta White.
-Kat

From the collection donated by Roberta White, the McClenahan stone elevator and warehouse.Early 1900s.-Kat
08/26/2021

From the collection donated by Roberta White, the McClenahan stone elevator and warehouse.
Early 1900s.
-Kat

From the collection donated by Roberta White, the McClenahan stone elevator and warehouse.
Early 1900s.
-Kat

Another photo of the Tome Mansion, 1901.This one includes a photo of the greenhouse.From the collection donated by Rober...
08/24/2021

Another photo of the Tome Mansion, 1901.
This one includes a photo of the greenhouse.
From the collection donated by Roberta White.
-Kat

Another photo of the Tome Mansion, 1901.
This one includes a photo of the greenhouse.
From the collection donated by Roberta White.
-Kat

The museum is open today.JoAnne is here for you.AND SHE GETS TO DEBUT OUR NEW KIOSK!She worked so hard on the grant for ...
08/22/2021

The museum is open today.
JoAnne is here for you.
AND SHE GETS TO DEBUT OUR NEW KIOSK!
She worked so hard on the grant for this.
Stop by and see us today from 1-5!
Here is a sneak peek.

The museum is open today.
JoAnne is here for you.
AND SHE GETS TO DEBUT OUR NEW KIOSK!
She worked so hard on the grant for this.
Stop by and see us today from 1-5!
Here is a sneak peek.

1914 Carson's Pharmacy paper pill box.-Kat
08/20/2021

1914 Carson's Pharmacy paper pill box.
-Kat

1914 Carson's Pharmacy paper pill box.
-Kat

Went to the Paw Paw tonight to vacuum, clear a space for the kiosk, and install fresh batteries in devices.Cats seem to ...
08/19/2021

Went to the Paw Paw tonight to vacuum, clear a space for the kiosk, and install fresh batteries in devices.
Cats seem to find me no matter where I go. After about an hour, he decided to just go seepies.
-Kat

Went to the Paw Paw tonight to vacuum, clear a space for the kiosk, and install fresh batteries in devices.
Cats seem to find me no matter where I go. After about an hour, he decided to just go seepies.
-Kat

08/19/2021

ATTENTION PAID MEMBERS OF PDHC:
I have the most recent copy of membership but many emails are missing.

I try to email special things to members every now and then (usually a digitized book in its entirety), but get alot of bouncebacks.

If you have paid your membership dues, can you please message me your email address so I may include you on the perks?

If you have never received an email from my or the PawPawMuseum's gmail account, feel free to PM me with an updated email address.

-Kat

Earlier box of Quinine pills from Carson's Pharmacy in Port Deposit.  Interesting fact - quinine is so bitter that folks...
08/18/2021

Earlier box of Quinine pills from Carson's Pharmacy in Port Deposit.
Interesting fact - quinine is so bitter that folks would mix it with gin and lemon juice in the 17th century to make it more palatable to swallow.
-Kat

Earlier box of Quinine pills from Carson's Pharmacy in Port Deposit.
Interesting fact - quinine is so bitter that folks would mix it with gin and lemon juice in the 17th century to make it more palatable to swallow.
-Kat

Quinine pill box from Carson's Pharmacy.Quinine was (and is) used to treat malaria by killing the malaria parasites livi...
08/16/2021

Quinine pill box from Carson's Pharmacy.
Quinine was (and is) used to treat malaria by killing the malaria parasites living in red blood cells.
-Kat

Quinine pill box from Carson's Pharmacy.
Quinine was (and is) used to treat malaria by killing the malaria parasites living in red blood cells.
-Kat

Most everyone knows the Paw Paw was the first Methodist Church, built in 1821 with a footprint of 40x35 and was just one...
08/14/2021

Most everyone knows the Paw Paw was the first Methodist Church, built in 1821 with a footprint of 40x35 and was just one level (not the 2 you see today).
Nesbitt Hall was later built to accomodate the growing congregation in 1839.
Here is an article mentioning those two, and commenting on the construction beginning for the majestic M. E. Church in 1867 at a cost far less than the actual it ended up being.
-Kat

Most everyone knows the Paw Paw was the first Methodist Church, built in 1821 with a footprint of 40x35 and was just one level (not the 2 you see today).
Nesbitt Hall was later built to accomodate the growing congregation in 1839.
Here is an article mentioning those two, and commenting on the construction beginning for the majestic M. E. Church in 1867 at a cost far less than the actual it ended up being.
-Kat

In an 1875 Cecil Whig article, 4 hotels and a liquor store in Port Deposit were granted a liquor license.  -Kat
08/10/2021

In an 1875 Cecil Whig article, 4 hotels and a liquor store in Port Deposit were granted a liquor license.
-Kat

In an 1875 Cecil Whig article, 4 hotels and a liquor store in Port Deposit were granted a liquor license.
-Kat

08/08/2021

Not Port Deposit but you can't get much closer.
Go visit the Pirate Fest next weekend. Kat will be working!

Stop in and see us.  Kat is here today until 5 and can't digitize anything (her equipment broke).  We won't be open agai...
08/08/2021

Stop in and see us. Kat is here today until 5 and can't digitize anything (her equipment broke). We won't be open again until 8/22.

Stop in and see us. Kat is here today until 5 and can't digitize anything (her equipment broke). We won't be open again until 8/22.

1858 Map of Port Deposit Main Street.Note the Odd Fellow's Hall in the Paw Paw Building, and sooo many hotels:  an estab...
08/08/2021

1858 Map of Port Deposit Main Street.

Note the Odd Fellow's Hall in the Paw Paw Building, and sooo many hotels:
an establish called Union Hotel further north from the Paw Paw (but not the Union we all know and love further still),
the Valley Hotel,
a hotel owned by Hughes,
Rock Run Hotel,
Reynolds Hotel,
Smith's Hotel,
another hotel on Main Street in front of High Street
and worth noting is a saw mill at the far South end of town.
-Kat

1858 Map of Port Deposit Main Street.

Note the Odd Fellow's Hall in the Paw Paw Building, and sooo many hotels:
an establish called Union Hotel further north from the Paw Paw (but not the Union we all know and love further still),
the Valley Hotel,
a hotel owned by Hughes,
Rock Run Hotel,
Reynolds Hotel,
Smith's Hotel,
another hotel on Main Street in front of High Street
and worth noting is a saw mill at the far South end of town.
-Kat

08/06/2021

History of the Hytheham Club
(Written and read by Mrs. Charlotte Newell before the
Eastern Shore District Federation of Womens’ Clubs, in Tome M. E. Church, Port Deposit, May 7, 1931)

The Jacob Tome Institute was opened in September 1894 and rather more than a year later, the Hytheham Club was organized, composed of members of the Faculty, the wives of male members of the Faculty, and a number of ladies of the community who were in sympathy with its proposed objects and methods.

Mrs. Jacob Tome, the wife of the Founder of the Institute, was one of the most earnest and enthusiastic promoters of the movement, and to her unwavering interest and generous support; the Club was largely indebted for its almost phenomenal success. Her time, her thought, her money were freely given. The name for her home, Hytheham, was bestowed upon the Club – hythe being and old Anglo-Saxon word for Port, and ham, the popular termination (Birmingham, Nottingham, Twickeham).

Mrs. Newell was chosen President, an office which she held for seventeen years, with Mrs. Tome, Mrs. W. W. Shaw, and Mrs. John R. Bond, vice-presidents. A constitution was framed, rules of procedure were adopted, and plans of work, which ranged from “grave to gay, from lively to severe” were formulated.

You can all recall how we are told, in the book of Nehemiah, that the work of re-building the Wall around Jersusalem, prospered because “all the people had a mind to work”. So it was with the Hytheham.

In the gentlemen members of the Institute Faculty, the Club had a willing and valuable auxiliary reserve.

The Hytheham was greatly interested in the formation of the Maryland Federation of Womens Clubs, and was one of the projectors and earliest members of that group.

In 1902, the Hytheham sponsored the cause of Traveling Libraries, and to it gave its determined effort, in which it had staunch allies in other members of the State Federation. To persuade or to convince the law-makers at Annapolis that the State should feel any obligation to promote the circulation of books, especially when money was required to materialize the interest, was a colossal undertaking – and achievement. The President of the Hytheham, along with other Federation women, spent much time in Annapolis, working, in season and out of season, for the passage of a Bill, legalizing Traveling Libraries, and appropriating money to establish and maintain such a system.

However, perseverance brought its usual return. The Bill was passed and $1,000 was appropriated – a meagre amount to buy books, provide cases for their travel, pay transportation, and meet various other unavoidable expenses – but it was a beginning. To the Trustees of the Enoch Pratt Library, and its Librarian, Dr. Bernard Steiner, an ex-officia member of the Commission, the enterprise was indebted for a place to house its books, to hold its conferences, and to direct its business and correspondence.

John Walker Smith (an Eastern Shore man) was Governor at the time. He believed, whole-heartedly, in the power of books and he proved his belief by his deeds, in exerting a potent influence in their triumph. The Hytheham feels a pardonable pride in the fact that the first traveling libraries sent out in Maryland, were provided and directed – two in number – by its members.

The Hytheham is to be felicitated on the succession of Presidents who have directed its activities since the close of Mrs. Newell’s administration. There have been four: Miss Myrna Tompkinson, at present, Mrs. Wm. H. Carson; Mrs. Miller, mother of the lady who is the present incumbent, a devotee of books and a possessor of wisdom emanating from high ideals; Mrs. Frank Benson, of whom it may be truly said, as was said of Oliver Goldsmith, “She touches nothing that she does not adorn.”

Your present presiding officer needs no characterization, no encomiums, from me. By the fruits of her policy, her work and worth, may be known “If you seek monuments, look around.”

-Kat

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1939 Fourth of July parade . Uptown Port Deposit . Family photo likely by Harry Vernon Waibel
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