More than a dozen indoor museums can provide a relaxing day whether you're trying to escape frigid flurries or oppressive summer heat.
To travel through America's history, visit the grounds of the
The barracks were originally built in 1777 for the Maryland Militia, which formed to help fight the British in the Revolutionary War. The buildings became detention centers for Hessian soldiers from
Two of the stone barracks were built, but one was demolished about 100 years later, in the 1870s.
Plaques at the site commemorate the city's ties to the historic Lewis and Clark expedition.
More British prisoners were held in the barracks during the War of 1812.
In the Civil War, the barracks became
Ever wondered what life was like for the soldiers wounded in the deadliest war in American history?
It is housed in the
Exhibits educate visitors about recruiting, camp life, medical evacuation, field hospitals, pavilion hospitals and the home front during the war.
Highlights include a Confederate ambulance, a 19th-century holding coffin, stretchers, amputation kits, uniforms of medical personnel, and numerous other medical and surgical items.
One of the newer displays at the museum is the video "Faces of Civil War Medicine," featuring images and descriptions of surgeons, assistant surgeons, nurses, hospital stewards, ambulance drivers, wounded soldiers, and civilians.
Get an inside scoop on that display and more of the museum's artifacts by following the curator's blog: http://guardianoftheartifacts.blogspot.com.
The museum at
"Local Voices, National Stories" traces the county's history from its earliest Paleo-Indian inhabitants through the Cold War.
The exhibit is broken up into three sections: work, struggle, and leisure.
Providing a common thread throughout the new exhibit are quotations from
The historical society, which was formed in 1892, owns a collection of more than 8,000 3-D items and tens of thousands of documents and photos.
Artifacts on display in the exhibit include a Civil War ID tag from 1864 and a 1950s desk where telephone operators worked until 1983 in an office on
A new rotating gallery, "Huzza for Liberty!" will include information about the county as a homefront during the Civil War. As part of that exhibit, the ransom papers for the city of
There's one place in
The museum includes pictures and memorabilia of presidents from Hoover to Obama. Artifacts in the museum have been given to The Cozy since 1929 by members of the media, presidential staff and foreign dignitaries.
It's the only museum of Camp David history in the nation and also features a souvenir shop.
In addition to the rich history,
Camp David Museum
A vintage tin ceiling and mahogany bar are features of this downtown neighborhood eatery.
The Cellar Door
A cozy downstairs bistro and restaurant just off
Craft beer and regional cuisine served in
Traditional country dining and buffets in 11 uniquely decorated rooms.
More than 100 dealers offering antiques and vintage furnishings.
Great Stuff by Paul
Unique items from around the world, many more than a century old.
Wonder Book and Video
Used books, rare collectibles and publishers' overstocks, as well as music, movies, video games and more.
100+ dealers under one roof offering everything from primitives to elegant collectibles.
Cannon Hill Place Antiques
Bell and History Day
Annual event is held each spring as the unofficial start of the
Museums by Candlelight Tour
Visitors experience historical county sites, decorated for the holidays and featuring special activities, by candlelight.
The event, held in December, marks the informal end to the visiting season for county museums.
Dozens of museums take part in both festivals.
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