Heritage Society of Essex & Middle River

Heritage Society Annual Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting

Save the date! We are excited to announce that we will be having our annual Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 9 from 5 to 7 pm!

Special thanks to Rusty Sasser who will return as Santa, along with our sponsors: Back River Restoration Committee, Cliff’s Hi-Tech Auto Body Shop Inc., the CORE Group, Rockin’ on the River, Ric Metzgar and Weavers Marine Service Inc.!


Our Historian Returns from Middle East Deployment

Our Historian Master Sergeant Paul Blitz recently returned from his year-long deployment in the Middle East. At his Welcome Home Open House, he received a citation from Delegate Ric Metzgar for his service.


Dosch Family Exhibit on Display

We are proud to host the Dosch Family exhibit as a new donation from our Essex community member, Mrs. Susan Carter. The Dosch Family lived in Essex since 1921 as part of the original Essex suburb. Mrs. Lottie Dosch lived on Taylor Ave. until her passing at age 96! These are the original wedding dresses of Lottie Dosch and her daughter-in-law Lillian that married her son.

Lottie Dosch’s son Bill Dosch served in the Navy during WWII. His Naval uniform is now on exhibit in our veterans room upstairs. Please stop by to see our beautiful new exhibit and read about their lifetime in Essex!


Baumgartner Collection Book #39:
Street Cars and Buses

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Baumgartner Collection Book #42
Josenhans Corner

Helen B. Baumgartner’s 1972 history of Josenhans Corner – an early 1900s general store and landmark in Essex, Maryland.

View Book #42: Josenhans Corner on archive.org (opens in a new window)


Baumgartner Collection Book #186
Heritage Society Vol. 1

View Book #186: Heritage Society Vol. 1 on archive.org (opens in a new window)