Holiday Open House

Join us at the Benson-Hammond House on December 3 & 4 from 1pm to 5pm to welcome in the Holidays with cookies, good company, and a beautiful display of Christmas trees decorated by local community organizations.  Tour the house and browse in our Museum Shop, newly stocked for the holiday.  Santa Claus will be there for the kids and we’ll be raffling off an antique quilt and several tabletop trees decorated by our docents.  Admission and parking is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.


The Benson-Hammond House will attempt to retain its normal schedule of opening on Saturdays from noon – 3pm and Sunday from 1pm to 3pm, however if you plan to visit it is recommended that you call ahead to 410-768-9518 to make sure that volunteers are on duty.

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

December 3&4, 2016
A Celebration of Trees:
The Gift of Community

Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm it’s Open House at the Benson-Hammond House with trees in every room decorated by local community organizations.

OPen House


December 10, 2016
Open House at the Shop at Jones Station
Saturday from 10am to 3pm come see Santa at the Shop and browse for those perfect one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts.

Jones Station