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.

Operating as usual

This vintage greeting card felt appropriate to see this year, 2020, OUT.  Happy New Year.  Be safe.-Kat
01/01/2021

This vintage greeting card felt appropriate to see this year, 2020, OUT. Happy New Year. Be safe.
-Kat

This afternoon, we will have a truck parked next to the museum accepting donations for the animal shelter.  Please donat...
12/30/2020

This afternoon, we will have a truck parked next to the museum accepting donations for the animal shelter. Please donate food, litter, toys, blankets - anything you can.
-Kat

photo from High Street, looking to Main, c. 1955.-Kat
12/28/2020

photo from High Street, looking to Main, c. 1955.
-Kat

We'd like to take a moment to reflect on our past President, George Maldeis.  He passed this year and is memorialized in...
12/25/2020

We'd like to take a moment to reflect on our past President, George Maldeis. He passed this year and is memorialized in our 2020 ornament with his initials on the clock face.
There are many who cannot be with us physically any longer so please always remember to cherish those you have right now.
Merry Christmas.

-Kat

This isn't Port Deposit but still is Maryland.  Who doesn't drink egg nog?  Check out this old recipe.Shared from Maryla...
12/21/2020

This isn't Port Deposit but still is Maryland. Who doesn't drink egg nog? Check out this old recipe.

Shared from Maryland Towns, People, Places and maybe a little history.

-Kat

Date unknown.From the donated archive of Roberta White.Left to Right Louis Blumberg, Al Blumberg, George Hohn.-Kat
12/14/2020

Date unknown.
From the donated archive of Roberta White.
Left to Right Louis Blumberg, Al Blumberg, George Hohn.

-Kat

Midtown.  Date unk.  The church is still there but trees now occupy the area where the three story building that housed ...
12/10/2020

Midtown. Date unk.
The church is still there but trees now occupy the area where the three story building that housed Midtown Market once stood.
-Kat

Attention! It was brought to our attention that one of the Christmas cards in our set had a typo. We have reprinted and ...
12/09/2020

Attention! It was brought to our attention that one of the Christmas cards in our set had a typo. We have reprinted and apologize. If you would like to exchange, please bring misprinted cards to Gwendolyn’s Closet and we will exchange. Again we are very sorry. (Can not get get there send us a message and we will try to get to you)

12/05/2020

We are very grateful to our supporters who have purchased ornaments, and the partners selling them for us, Gwendolyn's Closet, Cool Beans Market, Mildred & Company, Granite Run Taproom. We have collected over $240 for the Paw Paw Building so far. Thank you!
-Kat

This day in The Cecil Whig, 1903, an article ran about  William T. Coulson (Postmaster).-Kat
12/05/2020

This day in The Cecil Whig, 1903, an article ran about
William T. Coulson (Postmaster).
-Kat

New batch of 2020 ornaments cut on the laser tonight after I replaced the optics.  They look beautiful!  All I need to d...
12/05/2020

New batch of 2020 ornaments cut on the laser tonight after I replaced the optics. They look beautiful! All I need to do is add the ribbon and they're ready to drop off at the merchants on Main tomorrow!
$10 and the money 100% goes to the Paw Paw building.

-Kat

Good morning, folks!  During quarantine, I digitized 2 books and emailed them as PDFs to our members.  I received many e...
12/04/2020
WaterWitch_FireCo_100Anniversary_FullBook.pdf

Good morning, folks! During quarantine, I digitized 2 books and emailed them as PDFs to our members. I received many email bounce backs so since this is a small digitize project and I only took pictures of the book as I flipped through, I thought I'd share this with the masses. It is the 100th Anniversary book for the Water With Fire Company in pdf format. I don't know how to attach a file here so I've provided a link to it on the cloud. Enjoy! https://home.mycloud.com/action/share/1b411e6f-2d48-4f39-bd80-e2f1883ff6a4

-Kat

Shared with My Cloud Home

Postcard from the Steven Rosner collection, JTI on South Main.-Kat
11/28/2020

Postcard from the Steven Rosner collection, JTI on South Main.
-Kat

In "honor" of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, here is a picture from 2007 of Main Street Station (Now Gwendoly...
11/28/2020

In "honor" of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, here is a picture from 2007 of Main Street Station (Now Gwendolyn's Closet), right in the center of town near Mildred & Company (formerly Carson's Pharmacy), Cool Beans (formerly A. L. Barry photo studio), and Granite Run Taproom (formerly Farmers and Commercial Hotel).
Lest we not forget the places across the street - Backfin Blues, DeLorenzo's (both in the old fort) and Lee's Landing (formerly Wiley's).
-Kat

This Thanksgiving 115 years ago, JTI had a party for the students.https://www.newspapers.com/clip/64056496/19051202-port...
11/26/2020
19051202, Port Deposit, JTI party, dance Thanksgiving - Newspapers.com

This Thanksgiving 115 years ago, JTI had a party for the students.
https://www.newspapers.com/clip/64056496/19051202-port-deposit-jti-party/

We may not be able to gather or have the parties that we want this year, but we can still give thanks for all those in our lives.

We at the PDHC, are thankful for all of our followers. YOU are why we do what we do.

Clipping found in The Cecil Whig in Elkton, Maryland on Dec 2, 1905. 19051202, Port Deposit, JTI party, dance Thanksgiving

New Item!! Historic Buildings of Main, Christmas card set of 20 cards, 5 different scenes $20.00 a set. "Have a historic...
11/25/2020
2020 Christmas Card Set | Port Deposit Heritage Museum

New Item!! Historic Buildings of Main, Christmas card set of 20 cards, 5 different scenes $20.00 a set. "Have a historical Holiday" all proceeds go to the Paw Paw Museum. Currently available on line and this Saturday at Gwendolyn's Closet, will be available at other local stores as soon as we get them all packaged.

https://portdepositheritage.square.site/product/2020-christmas-card-set/26?cp=true&sa=true&sbp=false&q=false

Set of 20 Christmas cards, Five of each Historic scene, wrapped together in paper and ribbon. Great gift idea or use as your Christmas cards this year!

JTI.  date unknown.  Digitized from Steven Rosner's personal collection he lent us.-Kat
11/24/2020

JTI. date unknown. Digitized from Steven Rosner's personal collection he lent us.
-Kat

I was just a young teen, not even living in Cecil County back then.  I was oblivious to anything and everything except p...
11/22/2020
19880412, Port Despoit, Arson, Job Corps, Bainbridge, fire, USNTC, dormitory - Newspapers.com

I was just a young teen, not even living in Cecil County back then. I was oblivious to anything and everything except playing outside and doing homework. As I "collect" newspaper articles now, it seems like the Job Corp was nothing but bad for the town of Port Deposit. Am I wrong? This is what I see as an outsider from reading old newspapers. Not just on the bluff but all through town thefts, vandalism and arson were high. Am I understanding the media correctly? Here is just one of the many articles I've clipped. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/63785774/19880412-port-despoit-arson-job/
-Kat

Clipping found in The News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware on Apr 12, 1988. 19880412, Port Despoit, Arson, Job Corps, Bainbridge, fire, USNTC, dormitory

125 years ago this month, the gas house at the Tome M. E. Church on North Main Street was completely destroyed by fire a...
11/22/2020
18951130, Port Deposit, Tome Methodist Church, destroyed gashouse, Albert Hohn burned - Newspapers.com

125 years ago this month, the gas house at the Tome M. E. Church on North Main Street was completely destroyed by fire and the janitor, Albert Hohn was badly burned.

-Kat
https://www.newspapers.com/clip/63691275/18951130-port-deposit-tome-methodist/

Clipping found in Democratic Messenger in Snow Hill, Maryland on Nov 30, 1895. 18951130, Port Deposit, Tome Methodist Church, destroyed gashouse, Albert Hohn burned

We have had several people ask "How can I make a donation in Honor of George? We have now created a link to donate direc...
11/20/2020
In Memory of George Maldis, Past President | Port Deposit Heritage Museum

We have had several people ask "How can I make a donation in Honor of George? We have now created a link to donate directly to the George Maldis Fund. He will be truly missed.

https://portdepositheritage.square.site/product/in-memory-of-george-maldis-past-president/25?cp=true&sa=true&sbp=false&q=false

Donation's made in memory of our past presidentMr. George Maldeis. He loved our little town Port Deposit and it's history and made every effort to keep it and share it. Thank you

Jacob Tome Institute football team, complete with names from the 1940s.1st row:  Allen Brown, Robert Hoolwell, Norman Ba...
11/19/2020

Jacob Tome Institute football team, complete with names from the 1940s.

1st row: Allen Brown, Robert Hoolwell, Norman Bannon, Dickie Parker, Bert Urgents, Rodney Abrahams, Jimmie Bryant, Johnny Roak.

2nd row: Rodney Sentman, Roland Creswell, Gene Lambert, Speed Boland, Freddie Brown, Normand Abrahams, Tommie Fox.

3rd row: Christian (Decoy) Lay, Donald Barclay, Bobby Lindamood, Donald Cunningham, Eddie Martin, Marvin McDougal, Tommy Miller

-Kat

A photo found on the museum's old CPU from 1996.  Location at Town Square.Flood, 1996, Teresa Bitner collection-Kat
11/18/2020

A photo found on the museum's old CPU from 1996.
Location at Town Square.
Flood, 1996, Teresa Bitner collection

-Kat

Due to Covid-19, we will be unable to hold our "Candlelight Tour" this year. We are very disappointed, it is always fun ...
11/16/2020

Due to Covid-19, we will be unable to hold our "Candlelight Tour" this year. We are very disappointed, it is always fun for all and our largest fundraiser. We ask that you help support this year by ordering our "2020 Port Deposit Christmas Ornament" donated by Kat - all proceeds go directly to the museum. This year it is available on line for pick up, shipping or shop at one of our local shops MildredandCompany Cool Beans Market and Gwendolyn's Closet, Home Furnishings all located on Main St. Port Deposit.
Note all pick up orders available for pick up at Gwendolyn's Closet and heck out our new web-site, you can join the Museum, pay your dues, make a donation and shop some of our other items, all from the comfort of your own home. Thank you - Gwen
https://checkout.square.site/buy/3S4L6Q45MPRTQQHH4AS5JZNK

The Paw Paw building seems to have a shround of mystery around it - such as when the 2nd story was added.  Preliminary r...
11/16/2020

The Paw Paw building seems to have a shround of mystery around it - such as when the 2nd story was added. Preliminary research this evening reveals that was likely in late 1875 for the sole purpose of a schoolhouse after it was purchased from the Methodist Church for $3.000.
I've been looking for a photo or a sketch of it as a one level for years (to no avail).
Please enjoy this photo of the house that stood in the now empty lot between the church and the Paw Paw. c. 1950s I presume, although those woman's shorts on the Wast side of the street are throwing me off.
-Kat

Cecil County History
08/22/2020

Cecil County History

One of the highlights of August for many people living in Cecil County in the decades around the turn of the twentieth century was the annual Woodlawn Camp Meeting.

For two weeks in the heat and humidity of summer, many families vacationed there, escaping the chores of farm life, socializing, and listening to worship services.

Established by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1871, the encampment continued for more than 42 years, annually drawing people to the cool shade of the grove. It was located on what is now called Camp Meeting Ground Road near Woodlawn on a 15-acre grove of tall timbers, which was purchased from F. Marion Rawlings and Theodore J. Vanneman.

There were two long avenues of tents extending on either side of the wooden tabernacle, where a pavilion for preachers and benches were located. While most campers resided in tents there were a few frame structures, such as the boarding tent and ice cream and confectionery stand.

The local Methodist ministers took charge of the camp, and it was their duty to provide preaching talent throughout the week. From morning to evening, there was preaching, praising, and fellowship. Of course, there was an active choir, supplemented by a fiddle and a coronet. “The old hymns of the church were sung lustily and with great fervor,” the Cecil Democrat reported.

The camp meeting also played an important social role. The young people met to promenade up and down the avenues on those hot, sticky August nights. Hopefully, they caught a gentle breeze as they stopped at the picture gallery for photographs or at the ice cream stand for refreshments.

Many of the campers resided in tents, but there were two frame cottages. The boarding tent, and ice cream and confectionery stand were also frame. The boarding tent was under the managed of “Uncle Al Boyd,” a former baggage master on the railroad and a former sheriff. The camp bell called camp goers for meals and meetings and the “never failing pump” was a popular spot.

With the arrival of the automobile and the accessibility of attractions at greater distances, camp days waned. The annual camp meeting went out style in Cecil County in 1913. The ground was sold by receivers in 1915.

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Sources & Notes

* The Historical Marker Database -- Woodlawn Camp Meeting https://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=24111

* At the Head of the Bay: A Cultural & Architectural History of Cecil County

* Period articles in the Cecil Democrat and the Cecil Whig.

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Port Deposit, MD
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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