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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Thanks for a Great 2014!

Thanks to everyone who visited us at the Benson-Hammond House or the Kuethe Library, donated their time or expertise or helped us in any one of a hundred ways to make 2014 one of our most successful years ever. Work has already started to make 2015 even better!

Check out our 2015 Schedule of Events and mark your calendars now for upcoming seminars, sales and, of course, our 25th Annual Strawberry Festival in June. The Benson-Hammond House re-opens on March 14 with a new display of antique quilts on loan from Andrea Frazier, our museum curator. Looking for a place for a community picnic or family reunion? We love to host group tours or special events; contact us at info@aachs.org to make arrangements.

And if you’re looking for a great place to volunteer, we’re that place! Whether it’s for one day or many, we can use you! Contact any of our officers or event coordinators and let us know what interests you.

So thanks to all of you who helped us make the past year such a success. And here’s to an even better 2015!

Dinner for Eight Raffle

Congratulations to Flo Randall who was the winner of our Dinner for Eight raffle! Flo and seven guests will enjoy a professionally catered dinner at the Benson-Hammond House on a date of her choice.

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 14, 2015 – Antique Quilts Display

The Benson-Hammond House will re-open for the season on March 14, 2015 featuring a display of antique quilts. The hours are Saturday 11am to 3pm and Sunday noon to 3pm.