The Benson-Hammond House will be closed from October 1, 2015 to March 12, 2016 for necessary maintenance.

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.

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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 12, 2016 – Opening Day of the Benson-Hammond House
In the 1880's ,recreation became a major business throughout the county with the opening of numerous summer beach resorts. Readily available rail and steamboat access from Baltimore made these beach Resorts very popular.The Benson Hammond House will have a wonderful post card display on the history of these beaches ,so enjoyed by generations of families.The Beach display will be up through our 2016 season.