American Pickers are Coming to Maryland!

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their team will be filming episodes of American Pickers throughout the month of May in Maryland!  American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the world of antique "picking".  It follows Mike and Frank as they hunt for America's most valuable antiques.  They are always excited to find sizable, unique collections and learn the interesting histories behind them.  If you have a large private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend a day looking through, contact them at or call 855-old-rust.

New Hours for the Benson-Hammond House

In 2017, the Benson-Hammond House will be open only on the first and last weekend of each month.  The hours remain the same:  Saturday from 11am to 3pm and Sunday from 12 noon to 3pm.  Unfortunately, our lack of volunteers has forced us to reduce our open days but we'd love to get back on an every weekend schedule so, if you've got one day a month to act as docent for this historic house, please give Andrea Frazier a call on 443-679-6330.

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

March 26, 2017
55th Annual
Historical Society Dinner

The dinner will be held from 2pm – 6pm at Two Rivers Restaurant in Lake Shore Plaza Shopping Center, 4105 Mountain Rd, Pasadena, MD 21122.  The after-dinner speaker will be Jim Lighthizer, Chairman of the Civil War Trust.  For information, call Lillian Malkus at 410-974-6850.