June 4, 2016 - 26th Annual Strawberry Festival

The 26th Annual Strawberry Festival will be held on Saturday, June 4th, 10 - 4 at the Benson-Hammond House. (Rain date is June 5th.)  Celebrate All Things Strawberry and Anne Arundel County's Agricultural Heritage. The Festival will include quality crafts, demonstrations, strawberry wine and shortcake and entertainment for both children and adults.  For additional information call Becky Morris at 410-626-1437.


Our History and our Mission

For over 50 years the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society has continued to pursue its mission of collecting, preserving and sharing the rich history of this area. Its collections of books, photographs, documents and artifacts, now numbering in the thousands, attract scores of visitors each year and fulfill the vision of the founders: to encourage and inspire present and future generations to preserve and share our County’s heritage. To learn more, click here.

The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society welcomes you!

The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society seeks to encourage and inspire present and future generations to preserve and explore the County's history to foster a greater appreciation for our shared legacy.

Why is the name of the Society spelled Ann Arrundell?

In 1650, the Maryland Colony named its third county after the wife of Lord Baltimore. The colony’s records of that time show the name as Ann Arrundell. Over time, the name of the county evolved to Anne Arundel. To learn more about Lady Ann, click here.

 Upcoming Events

August 7, 2016
Day Lily Extravaganza

Noon – 3pm on the grounds of the Benson-Hammond House.  The Free State Day Lily Society will offer dozens of beautiful varieties of day lily bulbs to brighten your garden for summer.

Day Lily Festival