Heritage Society of Essex & Middle River

Purple Saturday!

August 27, 11 am to 1 pm

Please join us for our FREE Purple Saturday Open House featuring a special appearance by Baltimore Ravens Super Fan CAPTAIN DEE-FENSE!! He will meet fans and take pictures! Also we will have Museum tours, kids’ activities and more! Our gift shop will be open and we are now accepting credit and debit cards. Don’t forget to wear your purple! 💜

Christmas in July a Success!

The Museum recently hosted a free Christmas in July event. Our special guest Santa took photos with the kids and adults, and we had vendors, special activities for the kids and Museum tours!

Upcoming Events*:

Purple Saturday
August 27, 11 am to 1 pm< Monthly Meeting
Thursday, September 1, 7 pm

Saturday, September 17, 10 am – 6 pm
Museum Hours TBD

Monthly Meeting
Thursday, October 6, 7 pm

Halloween Tours
October TBD

Monthly Meeting
Thursday, November 3, 7 pm

Monthly Meeting
Thursday, December 1, 7 pm

Saturday, December 3, 5 – 7 pm

*Dates and times subject to change.

First Responders Appreciation Day
Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 11 am – 1 pm
Stop by for a tour of the Essex Museum and meet some of our favorite First Responders and their vehicles: Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland Transportation Authority Police with armored vehicle and K-9 unit, Essex Volunteer Fire Department, and special guest Purkey’s Party Pumper fire-throwing, bubble blowing fire engine. Free for all ages.

Spring Fling
Saturday, April 30, 2022
Visitors joined us to plant sunflower seeds and took them home to watch them grow. Kids participated in a Spring egg hunt along with other fun activities!

Paranormal Preview Night

Saturday, March 19th, 2022

Join us at the Essex Museum for our Paranormal Preview Night! The Baltimore Paranormal Society will be on hand to discuss how they conduct paranormal investigations, demonstrate their equipment, and tell stories about recent ghostly activity in the building. You’ll also get a paranormal tour of the Museum, showing all of the spirits’ favorite hotspots! This event is FREE and open to the public. The Museum gift shop will be open, be sure to pick up your paranormal magnet souvenir set! For questions or to RSVP, email us at essexmuseum@gmail.com.

Paranormal magnets now available at the museum!

2021 Essex Community Tree Lighting

The Essex community joined us on Saturday, December 4, 2021 for some holiday cheer as we lit our 25-foot Norway Spruce! We had appearances by Santa and fire trucks with gifts for the kids, Museum tours and more!

Santa Sponsors:
Cliffs Hi-Tech
Cliffs Direct Effect
Essex Day Festival
Frostee Tree Farm/Paul Stiffler
Medstar Health
Del. Ric Metzgar
Power Factor/George Lang
Sullivan’s Garage
Walmart Carroll Island

Frosty Sponsors:
Alice’s – A Family Restaurant
East Coast Autos
Jeff’s Automotive
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Tradepoint Atlantic

Elf Sponsors:
Connelly Funeral Home of Essex
Councilman Todd Crandell
Cox’s Properties
Delegate Robin Grammer
LaBrands Florist
Senator Johnny Ray Salling
Kelly Coleman-Slocum
Two Guys Grill
Zips Dry Cleaners

Media Sponsor: 
The Avenue News

Special thanks to: Essex Volunteer Fire Company, DJ Russell Slocum, MC Karie Ma

Essex Day Festival 2021

Saturday, September 18, 2021
10 am to 6 pm
400 & 500 blocks Eastern Blvd.

Visit the Museum on Essex Day!

The Heritage Society Museum will be open from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, September 18 for Essex Day.

Our gift shop will be open and we will be selling books, magnets and other memorabilia in addition to the new ESSEX-opoly games!

Baltimore Ravens Super Fan CAPTAIN DEE-FENSE will also be at the museum for Essex Day!

Christmas in July at the Essex Museum

Our Christmas in July event took place on Sunday, July 18th, 2021. We had our special guest Santa ready for photo opps, along with craft vendors, special activities for the kids and Museum tours!

Museum Newsletter

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It’s Baseball Season!

Batter Up! It’s springtime again in Essex, Maryland and that means baseball and opening day – time to throw out the first pitch! Take a look at Essex baseball players from seasons past as we explore the museum’s Baumgartner Collection Book #74: Baseball.

Download Baumgartner Collection Book #74: Baseball PDF
Read Baumgartner Collection Book #74: Baseball PDF online at archive.org

Read these articles from the Baumgartner Collection Book #74: Baseball and more online at archive.org


The Mission of The Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River:

To investigate, collect and preserve the history of the Essex and Middle River areas for ourselves and future generations; to support and promote programs and projects for the good of the people of these areas.

We take pride in our ongoing achievements at The Heritage Society:

  • Conducts tours of the museum
  • Holds fundraisers to maintain the museum & exhibits
  • Hosts the annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting and other holiday events with other local organizations
  • Participates in various community events
  • Sponsors historical walking tours
  • Visits — upon request — to schools & other organizations in the community to provide information on the history of Essex & Middle River
  • Conducts school & organization tours of the museum by appointment
  • Maintains archives & assists members of the public with research
  • Preserves the past of Essex & Middle River by community outreach
  • Hosts speakers on series of history, collections & local subjects of interest

The museum is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Major funding for The Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River, Inc. comes from the people. Become a member.