The St. Michaels Museum celebrates the rich history of 19th century St. Michaels through informative guided walking tours and unique exhibits developed by museum staff.
The St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary's Square is closed and will reopen May 1. We Are Pleased to Offer Walking Tours of St. Michaels Available by Special Appointment.
A docent-led tour of the years Frederick Douglass spent in St. Michaels which gave rise to the most powerful slave narrative in American literature.
If you would rather take the St. Michaels tour yourself, stop by the Museum for a copy of “A Walking Tour of St. Michaels” or download a copy here.
A docent-led tour of St. Michaels from the Colonial to the present, a major center for shipbuilding, seafood processing, and the site of a War of 1812 battle.
Late 19th Century
In the first decades of the 20th century, St. Michaels photographer Thomas H. Sewell and others created dozens of postcards depicting life in St. Michaels. A representative sample of their work can be found here.
Door-to-door salespersons would take miniatures like this on the road to illustrate how a full-size stove would look and function.
The Chaney House, built by the free African American Chaney brothers in 1851, holds an exhibition that affords a view of how free African Americans might have lived in St. Michaels prior to, during, and after the Civil War.
Frederick Douglass is Talbot County's most famous native son. The Museum provides an extensive history of his years in St. Michaels and other sections of Talbot County which he used to develop his powerful narrative calling for abolition, emancipation, and civil rights.
The Museum's exhibits include a wide range of objects, buildings, art work, and memorabilia, most of which has been given to the Museum by St. Michaels residents over the years. The St. Michaels Museum is truly the town's Museum.