Founded in 1939, HSCC is dedicated to the research of piedmont Maryland's cultural heritage and the preservation and interpretation of objects significant to Carroll County history. We accomplish this mission by sponsoring educational programs, research projects, exhibitions, publications, and community outreach programs to provide broad public access to this region's cultural heritage.
Research of Carroll County's people and their history begins in HSCC's library. Collections of newspapers, manuscripts, previous research projects, and secondary sources can be used to research genealogy, commercial and agricultural history, and other topics. The research produced from holdings at HSCC has resulted in numerous publications documenting Carroll's history, including books on local physicians, families, schools, mills, and other topics.
Historical properties maintained by the Historical Society include the Sherman-Fisher-Shellman House, the Kimmey House and Cockey's. The Sherman-Fisher-Shellman House (1807) was renovated to depict the life of the first owners of the house - Jacob and Elizabeth Sherman. Tours of the house are available by appointment. The Kimmey House serves as HSCC's administrative facility and houses the research library and the Shriver-Weybright Exhibition Gallery. Cockey's has been renovated and now houses the Koontz-Yingling Learning Center and The Shop at Cockey's. Contact Timmi Pierce for information regarding rental of the second floor of Cockey's for meetings and small events.
HSCC's collections include not only library research materials, but objects that tell of Carroll County's history. Objects include decorative and fine arts, textiles, domestic and craft tools, manuscripts, newspapers, and photographs that provide the foundation for exploring themes of daily life from the settlement of Carroll County to the present.
Members and volunteers of the Historical Society support the preservation of Carroll County history. Many benefits are derived from membership, including a quarterly newsletter, free admission to Historical Society properties and the research library, discounts on publications, invitations to HSCC events, and advance knowledge of bus tours and programs offered by HSCC. Together, members meet and work with others interested in the preservation of Carroll County's rich cultural heritage.
For more information about the Historical Society, its purpose, and its programs, please browse our website. For answers to specific questions, contact HSCC by email, postal mail or telephone, or, contact a member of the HSCC staff. Click for Board of Trustees list.
Hours of Operation
|Administrative Offices||Tuesday - Friday, 8:30 - 5:00|
|Research Library||Tuesday - Friday, 9:30 - 12:30, 1:00 - 4:00; 2nd and 4th Saturdays 9:00 - 12:00|
|The Shop at Cockey's||Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 - 4:00|
|Shriver-Weybright Exhibition Gallery||Tuesday - Friday, 12:30 - 4:30|
|Sherman-Fisher-Shellman House||Tours by appointment|
Historical Society of Carroll County