Preserving the Past for the Future

By Sandra Zunino

Established in 1661, Talbot County is one of the oldest European settlements in America and The Historical Society of Talbot County (HSTC) is preserving much of its rich history so generations of residents and visitors alike can appreciate its culture and heritage.

Founded in 1954, through exhibits, educational programs, special events and research opportunities, HSTC is the leading resource for discovering Talbot County’s past.

For instance, Talbot County was named for Lady Grace Talbot, sister of the second Lord Baltimore. Many of Talbot’s early settlers were Quakers, seeking a haven from persecution. For a century, Talbot life centered around tidewater and tobacco, which served as money and was traded for English manufactured goods with ships which anchored directly off the plantation wharves. These are just a few interesting Talbot County facts on HSTC’s webpage.

In downtown Easton, the HSTC maintains a museum, three historic homes, an Auditorium and the Tharpe Antiques Shop. The Museum presents many exhibitions using artifacts, images and stories that reflect the diversity and cultural heritage of the Talbot County community.

Additionally, the Historical Society conducts tours. Currently, The Craftsmen and the Collector House Tour, a guided tour journeying through the Federal era (1783-1830) is offered Tuesday through Saturday, April through November, or by special arrangement. The cost is $5 per person. Walking and driving tours of historic Easton and Talbot County are also available.

The Historical Society in partnership with the Talbot County Garden Club, created and maintains award-wining Federal style gardens, which are open, free to the public, Monday through Saturday. The museum store specializes in regional history publications, literature and children’s books.

The elegant Historical Society Auditorium as well as the gardens are available to rent for parties, weddings, receptions and other events. HSTC plans many special events each year such as an Antiques Fair and Winter Ball as fundraisers for the organization.
On Friday, February 26 the 935 classic “Captain Blood” starring Errol Flynn will be showing in the auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $7.

Then on March 13, HSTC will be hosting “Pirates of Talbot” – the ultimate dining, casino, and auction experience at 6:00 p.m. in the Talbot County Country Club. Guests are encouraged to live out their pirate fantasies by dressing in their finest stolen booty. Costume prizes will be awarded.

Sponsors for the event include Brown Advisory, Avon Dixon Agency, Bill and Barbara Lane, Chip and Sally Akridge, Koons Easton Toyota/Scion, PNC Bank, Vito and Patricia Spitaleri, The Tilghman Family, The Wilford Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Kimberly Corkran, Lane Engineering, Mr. and Mrs. B. Francis Saul, II, Wye Financial & Trust, AWD, Inc. and Martha Horner. Cost for the dinner is $90 for HSTC members and $100 for non-members. Proceeds benefit the HSTC.

With a small staff that works to help the Society fulfill its mission, the HSTC counts on many volunteer helpers. Volunteers assist with cataloging important documents, manuscripts, maps, and helps manage the museum grounds as well as acts as docents leading tours.

For more information about the HSTC, to volunteer, hold an event or reserve tickets for the Pirate of Talbot call 410-822-0773, or visit