Heritage Society of Essex & Middle River

Heritage Society Annual Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 7, 2019
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Save the date! We are excited to announce that we will be having our annual Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 7 from 5 to 7 pm!

Christmas in Old Baltimore with Historian Wayne Schaumburg

Thursday, December 12, 2019
Museum opens at 6:00 pm, talk begins at 7:00 pm

Join us as we welcome Baltimore historian and educator Wayne R. Schaumburg for a talk on “Christmas In Old Baltimore” to learn all about Baltimore holiday traditions and how they have changed over the years! Mr. Schaumburg will focus on some of Baltimore’s great holiday customs from the 1940s to the 1960s, including downtown shopping, visiting Santa, the Toytown Parade, firehouse train gardens, aluminum trees and more. We hope you can join us!

Before Mr. Schaumberg’s talk, we welcome you to tour the Heritage Society — all decked out for the holidays — and enjoy light refreshments.

Heritage Society Holiday Open House

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Stroll through our Avenue of old-time shops decorated for the holidays!

History and Haunts Paranormal Expo 2020

Saturday, April 4, 2020
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Event details and ticket sales: https://hhpe2020.eventbrite.com
Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2372479269503140/

The History and Haunts Paranormal Expo 2020 is presented by The Baltimore Paranormal Society and The Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River. All proceeds will benefit the Heritage Society museum’s exhibits, public events, and operating expenses.

We invite you to explore our historic building and exhibits while attending themed lectures, browsing our vendors, and networking with others who share an interest in all things paranormal. Volunteers from the Heritage Society will be available to discuss the historic exhibits within the museum.

At our 2nd Annual History and Haunts, we welcome our special guest from the SyFy hit series Ghost Hunters, Dustin Pari. Dustin will be present to meet fans, lecture, and sign autographs. Joining Dustin will be Mike King – Destination America’s Ghosts of Sheperdstown and Travel Channel’s Ghosts of Morgan City, Jack Kenna – Travel Channel’s Haunted Case Files, and Carly Hall – Travel Channel’s Paranormal Survivor. Also appearing are Anthony and Deena Holmes of the Divine Research Society of Paranormal Phenomena, Pam and Steve Barry of the Gettysburg Ghost Exchange, Kendra “Ghost Girl” Belgrad, and Melody Bruch – The Tattooed Medium.

Daytime admission is only $20 per person, with an option to purchase a meal ticket to include 1 hot dog, bag of chips, and a soda/water at a cost of $4.

Interested in taking part in a paranormal investigation of the museum? An evening investigation hosted by Ghosts N’At will follow the conclusion of the History and Haunts Paranormal Expo. Scheduled for 7pm – 11pm, tickets are $55 per guest and includes access to all daytime activities. Space is limited! Reserve your spot TODAY!

A limited number of Investigation-only tickets will be available for $40 for those unable to attend the day activities.

How about a chance to win a FREE private investigation for up to 10 guests? Raffle tickets to win a FREE private investigation are available for purchase. One winner with a date of choice per Heritage Society availability, expires 12/31/2020.

Admission, investigation, meals, and/or raffle tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. All ticket sales are non-refundable.

Vendors will be hosted throughout the event: Information to follow.

Parking: Available on Eastern Blvd OR across the street from the Heritage Society behind the New Life Sanctuary Church.

*Due to the historical design of the Essex Station building, it is not ADA accessible.

Need more information?

The Baltimore Paranormal Society: thebaltimoreparanormalsociety@gmail.com

Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River: essexmuseum@gmail.com

The Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River

The Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River, Inc. is a non-profit organization staffed by volunteers whose goal is the preservation of the history of Essex and Middle River, Maryland. We understand the value of history and we want to share and preserve this community’s heritage and pass it unto our children, grandchildren and all future generations to come. We want to let other people know how they can join in and make a difference in not only their lives, but the lives of others and future generations also. The first meeting was held at Essex Elementary on Sept. 26th, 1968 and the Museum opened exactly seven years later on Sept. 26th, 1975. The Museum is housed in the 1920 Fire/Police Station which also served as a court house.


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.