Walking tours

The Museum is closed for the season and will reopen on May 3, 2024. During that time, Special Tours may be arranged. Click here to request a Special Tour.

The St. Michaels of Frederick Douglass

St. Michaels is in Talbot County, Maryland. Frederick Douglass, one of the most important figures in American history, was born in Talbot County and spent eleven of his first twenty years here before seeking his freedom in New England. Three of those formative years were spent in St. Michaels and on farms in the surrounding area. The experiences Douglass had here led to his writing some of the greatest autobiographies and slave narratives in American literature. See the places that gave rise to this consequential figure who advocated abolition, emancipation, and equal justice.

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Available the 1st Saturday of each month beginning at 10 a.m.

Historic St. Michaels: People, Places, and Events

Settled during the Colonial era, St. Michaels was one of the most important shipbuilding centers in America during the eighteenth and early nineteenth century, a site of two significant battles during the War of 1812, and a major seafood processing hub during the latter part of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This tour chronicles St. Michaels’ rich history and informs you of the lives of typical residents of the area, including Frederick Douglass.

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Available the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Saturday of each month beginning at 10 a.m.

St. Michaels Self Guided Tour

If you would rather take the tour yourself, stop by the museum to pick up a copy of “A Walking Tour of St. Michaels” or you can download a copy of the tour guide

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Tours are offered each Saturday at 10 a.m. when the Museum is opened. Special tours may be scheduled by contacting the Museum.

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Tours last about 90 minutes and entail approximately one-half mile of walking.


Please call Scott Hercik at (703) 713-2100 or complete our reservation form.

Special tours for times other than our regularly scheduled tours may be arranged either by calling Scott Hercik or completing our reservation form.