Upcoming Events

Join Washington County Historical Society as we explore the history of the C&O Canal! We invite participants to register for our walking, cycling, hiking, and sightseeing month-long event. As a host of the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, Water/Ways, WCHS is excited to partner with local businesses and tourism outlets to encourage visitors and residents to get out and enjoy the Canal!

Participants will track their walking, cycling, and hiking miles by recording them on their own tracking log or by signing up for a free account with Alltrails. The AllTrails App can be dowloaded for free with any Android or Apple device. If the GPS locator is turned on, the C&O Canal Towpath Trail, Section #3 can be accessed and miles and steps can be recorded.

Registration can be completed online and all materials (activity schedules, coupons, maps, trail information, and t-shirts) can be picked up from 10am-2pm on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the Miller House Museum. Additional details will be emailed to all registered participants as the event gets closer.

During the event, activities will take place along the Canal to encourage participants to enjoy the beauty surrounding this important waterway. Activities include: children’s activities, guided walking tours, painting workshop by the canal, and rides on the C&O Canal NHP canal boats.

All registered participants will be entered into a drawing to win these great prizes:

One Year Family Membership to Discovery Station

One Year Family Membership to the Miller House Museum

Upcycled hand-woven tote bag and handmade jewelry

Two passes for a Brunch and Kayak trip from River and Trail Outfitters

 

September 7, 2019

Walk, Cycle, Hike, Sightsee Fundraiser (C&O Canal)

Join Washington County Historical Society as we explore the history of the C&O Canal! We invite participants to register for our walking, cycling, hiking, and sightseeing month-long event. As a host of the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, Water/Ways, WCHS is excited to partner with local businesses and tourism outlets to encourage visitors and residents to get out and enjoy the Canal! Participants will track their walking, cycling, and hiking miles by recording them on their own tracking log or by signing up for a free account with Alltrails. The AllTrails App can be dowloaded for free with any Android or Apple device. If the GPS locator is turned on, the C&O Canal Towpath Trail, Section #3 can be accessed and miles and steps can be recorded. Registration can be completed online and all materials (activity schedules, coupons, maps, trail information, and t-shirts) can be picked up from 10am-2pm on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the Miller House Museum. Additional details will be emailed to all registered participants as the event gets closer. During the event, activities will take place along the Canal to encourage participants to enjoy the beauty surrounding this important waterway. Activities include: children’s activities, guided walking tours, painting workshop by the canal, and […]
June 13, 2018

Women fight for their rights – and their fashions?

I’ve been thinking a lot about ladies recently. Besides being an absolutely delightful one myself, I spend a lot of time around powerful, accomplished, intelligent women who work hard every day to make life better for those around them. On a much larger scale, it is impossible to deny that American women are once again in the spotlight, receiving national attention as we define women’s rights, roles, and personal agency moving into the 21st century. American women were doing much the same 100 years ago as the world moved into the 20th century. Questions about women’s rights, roles, and personal agency needed to be answered for a rapidly changing world. The answers to those questions revealed themselves in a variety of ways – in the passage of the 18th and 20th Amendments, which started Prohibition and granted women the right to vote, respectively, and in the swift and major changes in women’s apparel from the 1890s to the 1920s. While changes in fashion might seem frivolous next to major political change, women’s clothing and activities have always closely reflected that society’s attitudes towards women. Women’s leisure clothing saw the largest innovations and changes as women gained more agency within American […]
June 13, 2018

Washington County – a go-to vacation destination

Very few things have captured the hearts of modern Americans in the same way as the iconic vacation trip. We obsess over our vacation time and agonize over every detail of the trip. Where to go? Where to stay? What to do? The prospect of a literal escape from daily life offers a mental escape for many. As a result, the American travel industry is worth over a trillion dollars, and Washington County is just one of many American locations which benefits from the popularity of cultural tourism. But it may surprise many to learn that Washington County has been the vacation destination of choice of many for over 200 years. The idea of the modern vacation begins, like so many other trends, with the European aristocracy. As many larger cities developed, they unfortunately did so without an eye towards public health, sanitation, or even basic sewage containment. By England’s Elizabethan Era, the average London city street contained a several foot-thick morass of dirt, dust, mud, human and animal waste, garbage, butcher’s offal, and chemical runoff from any neighborhood businesses (including tanneries, which utilized sheep’s urine to process animal hides). The street muck only worsened as the Industrial Revolution led […]
March 28, 2018

Washington County’s Wonderful Women!

As we head into the tail end of an unseasonably cold and windy March, I am reminded of the old adage: In like a lion, out like a lamb. This March, however, seems to be lionesque in its coming and going. Which is somehow fitting for the month in which we most celebrate women. March serves not only as Women’s History Month, but also hosts International Women’s Day. And as we near the centennial anniversary of American women’s suffrage, it is wonderful to see that women’s rights and women’s issues are again having a big moment in the public spotlight. History is full of lionesses masquerading as lambs, and in the spirit of the month, I’d like to shine a little light on some of the local lions who roared. Mary Lemist Titcomb is a name which should be familiar to local book lovers. For those unfamiliar with Titcomb, she was the elemental force behind the Washington County Free Library, credited with bringing the bookmobile to the area and setting up a lasting legacy for the library’s success. But not many people know just how hard she had to work for her accomplishments. In contemporary times, the county library often […]