The Washington County Historical Society strives to make history fun for everyone by utilizing interactive educational programming which engages visitors on a personal level.

Family activities and events, held year-round on weekends, allow young museum visitors to learn more about life in the past by engaging in historical activities and arts and crafts which highlight elements of local history.

Student groups are also welcome in the Miller House Museum. Our museum staff ensures a rewarding educational experience for all age groups by working personally with public, private, and home school educators to tailor the experience to each visiting tour group. For more information on scheduling a group school tour, please contact the museum.

Educational Resources

We partner with public, private, and home schools to teach the community about the history of Washington County. Below are a list of resources and documents that we use.

  • » Family History Files (click here for a full listing)
  • » Published Family Histories and Genealogical Manuscripts
  • » Family Bibles
  • » Hagerstown Newspaper Archives
  • » Hagerstown City Directories
  • » Hagerstown and Washington County History files
  • » Washington County and Frederick County Census Records
  • » Washington County and Frederick County Church and Cemetery Records
  • » Washington County Revolutionary and Civil War Records
  • » Records from Neighboring Counties and States
  • » Historic Photographs
  • » Historic Maps
  • » Rare Books and Special Collections
  • » Oral History
  • » Historic Films
  • » Manumission Papers

kinship also offers onsite access to the following digital resources: Ancestry Library Edition, Fold3 and, as well as tutorials in using our digital resources.


Make a fully tax-deductible contribution to Washington County Historical Society and help us bring the past to life. Our mission to connect people to the those who have gone before us has never been more relevant—donate today and extend the experience for all. WCHS is a 501(c)3 not for profit institution. All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.