Heritage Society of Essex & Middle River

2022 Essex Community Tree Lighting

Saturday, Dec. 3, 5 – 7 pm

Please join us for this fun family event featuring a fire truck parade for Santa’s arrival, special gifts for the kids, photos with Santa, a DJ, snacks and more. This event is always FREE for the community, and last year we had more than 400 guests! It’s a great way to kick off the holidays!

Thank you to our 2022 Sponsors

SANTA:

Cliff’s Hi-Tech
Cliff’s Direct Effect
Essex Day Festival
Albright’s Mechanical
Frostee Tree Farm
Medstar Health
Power Factor
Sullivan’s Garage
Walmart Carroll Island
Delegate Ric Metzgar

FROSTY:

Alice’s Restaurant
Tradepoint Atlantic
Connelly Funeral Home of Essex
Jeff’s Automotive
East Coast Autos
Essex Car Wash
County Councilman Todd Crandell
Buon Appetito Essex
Senator Johnny Ray Salling

ELF:

Cogar Printing
Two Guys Grill
Zips Cleaners
Bafitis & Associates
Kelly Coleman-Slocum, Century 21
Baltimore Boating Center
Charly’s Sue Creek
Upper Bay Boating
Doug Kottraba State Farm
Delegate Robin Grammer
Domino’s Essex
Chick-fil-a Martin Plaza
Rick’s Sports Bar and Grill

MEDIA SPONSORS:

Avenue News
Dundalk Eagle


2022 Holiday Open House and Evening with our Historian

Thursday, Dec. 8, 7 – 9 pm

Paul M. Blitz has served as the Heritage Society Historian for over 30 years and shares a lifetime of Essex historical knowledge at our Museum lectures.

Please join us for a holiday open house which will include a presentation by Heritage Society Historian Paul M. Blitz. Mr. Blitz has been the Historian for more than three decades, and he offers a wealth of knowledge about our area’s rich history. This educational and entertaining discussion will highlight Maryland’s important role in the Civil War. Visitors will also have the unique opportunity to see the Museum decorated for the holidays! The event is free and open to the public.

A look inside the museum decorated for Christmas.


2022 Christmas Tree Decorating

Thanks to everyone who came out to decorate at the museum today, especially George and the Power Factor crew! Can’t wait to see our 2,000 new lights at night!


Previous Events

Purple Saturday!

August 27, 2022, 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!


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!


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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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.