First Saturdays are always a fun time for families to enjoy special events throughout our area. Want to have some fun and also spend time learning about the history of Queen Anne’s County? Then mark your calendars for six very special First Saturday offering for the months May through October. Queen Anne’s County’s historic sites will be open to visitors for tours revealing the historic impact and importance of the sites in America’s founding. Spend the day or just a few hours touring train stations, colonial houses, an operating grist mill, a country store, an early courthouse, and churches. Admission is free, but donations are accepted at all sites.
When visiting the historic sites, play a game with your children and have them identify items from historic sites and how they might compare to today’s usage. Some suggestions:
•Antique farm implements and tools
•Log canoes vs. today’s canoes
•How the print shop differs from today’s communication media
•How flour was made from grain at Old Wye Mill
•The one room schoolhouse vs. today’s schools
Brochures are available throughout the County listing the sites, opening days and times. More information, special tours, or a free heritage guide map are available by calling 410-604-2100. Additional information may be found at www.historicqac.org.
Stevensville Arts & Entertainment District has recently released a Self-Guided Tour App that can be downloaded through the APP Store by searching Visit Queen Anne’s County. Once downloaded, you will be able to follow the map to 23 historic sites located in the district. Many of these Stevensville Historic Sites are open to tour in conjunction with activities and events in Historic Stevensville Arts & Entertainment District.
Also, this year visitors to the sites will be eligible to win a prize by completing the Queen Anne’s County HISTORIC SITES CONSORTIUM PASSPORT. A Passport can be obtained at the first site visited and will be stamped as you visit each site. After completion, Passports will be collected at the last site visited for a chance to win prizes.