Heritage Society of Essex & Middle River 2023 Year in Review

2023 Newsletter

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2023 Museum Events


Speaker Series: “Streetcars in Baltimore and Beyond”
Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Father Kevin Mueller, a longtime member of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum and streetcar enthusiast talked about the streetcar system that we had and what made it go away. He discussed cities that still have streetcars to this day. Visitors toured the museum after the talk.

Museum Tours and Open House

Saturday, February 18, 2023
This will be our first opening since the December Holiday Open House. Stop by for a tour or to browse our gift shop.


Monthly Membership Meeting
Thursday, March 2, 2023

Speaker Series: “Rosie the Riveter”

Thursday, March 9, 2023
Debi Wynn from the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum discussed the important role of Rosie the Riveter in manufacturing during World War II. Visitors toured the Museum after the talk.

Open House
Saturday, March 11, 2023
Visitors toured the Museum and browsed our gift shop.

Haunted History Night
Sat, March 18, 2023 
We joined The Baltimore Paranormal Society for a night of haunted tales as we explored our historic building and exhibits while learning about the haunted happenings experienced by our guests and local paranormal teams. The night began with a brief overview of ghost hunting equipment before being led on a candlelight tour of the museum where museum staff and BPS members regaled visitors with tales of the supernatural that have been reported within our 103-year-old building.


Monthly Membership Meeting
Thursday, April 6, 2023

Earth Day Open House
Saturday, April 22, 2023
Visitors joined us for Museum tours and special activities geared towards celebrating our earth, planting sunflower seeds to take home to watch them grow and participating in a scavenger hunt along with other fun activities.


Monthly Membership Meeting
Thursday, May 4, 2023

First Responders’ Appreciation Day
Saturday, May 6, 2023
Local police and fire stations along with MDTA police had their emergency vehicles set up out front for all to explore.  Purkey’s Party Pumper fire-throwing, bubble blowing fire engine also set up outside the museum.  First Responders were treated to lunch.

Speaker Series: “Todd’s Inheritance”

Monday, May 15, 2023

We joined the volunteers from Todd’s Inheritance Historic Site to learn about this exciting new museum and interpretive property located at 9000 North Point Rd. Edgemere, Maryland 21219. Visitors enjoyed an introduction to the history of the North Point Peninsula from early Native American presence, Todd family settlement in 1664, the War of 1812-Battle of North Point and more. Information about upcoming events, lectures and openings was shared. Visitors toured the Museum after the event.


Monthly Membership Meeting
Thursday, June 1, 2023

Open House
Saturday, June 10, 2023
Visitors toured the Museum and browsed our gift shop.

Speaker Series: “Flag History”
Thursday, June 15, 2023
Local flag collector and historian Dale Grimes shared our history of flags and offered a peek at his collection.
Did you know? Someone who studies flags is a called a vexillologist.


Monthly Membership Meeting
Thursday, July 6, 2023

Christmas in July

Saturday, July 22, 2023
We had our special guest The Grinch ready for photo opps, along with craft vendors, special activities for the kids and Museum tours!


Monthly Membership Meeting
Thursday, August 3, 2023

Back to School Open House
Saturday, August 19, 2023
Visitors toured the Museum and browsed our gift shop.


Monthly Membership Meeting
Thursday, September 7, 2023

Speaker Series: “Up the Line” 
Thursday, September 14, 2023
Local Author Howard Smith discussed his book “Up the Line,” the history of the Philadelphia, Wilmington, Baltimore Railroad which was the major transportation in the area in the 1840s.
Doors open at 6:30 pm. Visitors toured the Museum after the talk.

Saturday, September 16, 2023
400 & 500 blocks Eastern Blvd.

Visit the Museum on Essex Day!
The Heritage Society Museum was one of the busiest locations on Essex Day as visitors toured the Museum and browsed our gift shop.


Monthly Membership Meeting
Thursday, October 5, 2023

Speaker Series: “Route 40 Then and Now”
Thursday, October 12, 2023
Rosedale historian Bob Dean will discussed Route 40 and the importance of this road with the advent of the automobile.
Visitors toured the Museum and browsed our gift shop after the talk.

A Night of Frights
Saturday, October 28, 2023
Visitors joined The Baltimore Paranormal Society for an unforgettable night of chills and thrills as they were led through the museum’s rooms, where the spirits of the past are dying to meet you! The night started off with a stroll through the haunted halls where visitors came face to face with the ghouls who still call the museum home. This haunted walking tours sent chills down your spine as you turned each corner wondering what may be waiting for you just ahead.

Ronnie Alder Memorial
Sunday, October 29, 2023
Members of the community joined in the courtyard for a Memorial celebrating the life of Ronnie “Daddy Kool” Alder, a Lifetime Member of the Heritage Society and a man who was loved by the community.


Monthly Membership Meeting
Thursday, November 2, 2023


2023 Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 2, 2023
The community joined us for the most wonderful night of the year as we hosted the Essex Community Tree Lighting. This fun-filled event included gifts for the kids, fire trucks, a DJ, and of course, photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Monthly Membership Meeting
Thursday, December 7, 2023

Museum Historian Paul M. Blitz

Speaker Series: “Baltimore County’s Role in The Civil War”
Thursday, December 14, 2023
Heritage Society Historian Paul M. Blitz shared the little-known and the important facts about our area’s role in The Civil War.
Visitors toured the Museum after the talk.

2022 First Responders Appreciation Day

First Responders Appreciation Day took place on Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 11 am – 1 pm. Museum visitors stopped by for a tour of the Essex Museum and met 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. The events was free for all ages!

Christmas at the Museum, 2022

2022 Essex Community Tree Lighting

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, 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


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


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


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


Avenue News
Dundalk Eagle

2022 Holiday Open House and Evening with our Historian

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, 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!

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 May

2021 Ghost Hunts

Essex Museum Paranormal Preview Night

Friday, October 22, 2021

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 will be decorated for Halloween and the gift shop will be open! For questions or to RSVP, email us at essexmuseum@gmail.com.

Paranormal magnets now available at the museum!

Ghosts N’at Paranormal Adventure at the Museum

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Go on a REAL ghost hunt in ESSEX, MD Halloween Weekend with Ghosts N’at Paranormal Adventures! Tickets are on sale now for this special event at the haunted Heritage Museum of Essex & Middle River / Former Fire & Police Station!

Christmas in Old Baltimore with Historian Wayne Schaumburg

On Thursday, December 12, 2019 we welcomed 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 focused 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.

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

2019 Heritage Society Annual Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting

We are holding our annual Essex Tree Lighting & Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 from 5 to 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!

2017 Holiday Tree Lighting

Essex Community Tree Lights Up the Night

By Devin Crum (East County Times, 12/2017)

Community leaders, elected officials and residents of Essex and Middle River gathered Saturday, Dec. 9, for what has become a grand event in recent years – the lighting of the community tree at the Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River in Essex.

Feelings of warmth and community were evident as the tree was lit even though the weather was snowy and cold. And many in attendance agreed that the tree looked even more beautiful with its dusting of snow.

Sam Weaver, owner of Weaver’s Marine Service, again donated this year’s tree, a 27-foot spruce which is three feet taller than last year’s.

Weaver, Cliff O’Connell of Cliff’s Hi-Tech and Cliff’s Direct Effect, and workers from Baltimore County combined their efforts to deliver and install the tree at the Heritage Society museum at 516 Eastern Blvd. And O’Connell, Back River Restoration Committee volunteers and others all helped to decorate the giant tree.

Joining the crowd on behalf of Governor Larry Hogan was Maryland’s deputy secretary of state and Essex resident, Luis Borunda, who remarked that the Heritage Society’s tree lighting is an excellent community tradition that helps – along with the snow – to put all into the holiday spirit.

Also in attendance were State Delegates Robin Grammer, Bob Long and Ric Metzgar and County Councilman Todd Crandell – all of whom represent Essex – as well as Del. Pat McDonough, who is running for Baltimore County Executive.

Crandell noted his awe at the size and beauty of the tree, along with the size and energy of the crowd gathered. He said although he is from Dundalk, “Essex is doing it better” when it comes to community Christmas trees.

Guests were also treated to cookies, tours and visits with Santa.

Super Hero Day 2017

Hosted by Museum President Terri Knachel, Cheryl Rosedale and Angel Ball, Super Hero Day 2017 featured face painting and crafting for local kids, one of the many ways the Heritage Museum gives back to our community. Become a member.

Museum President Terri Knachel and Angel Ball.

Community Leaders Ric Metzgar (far right) Doug Anderson, Delegate Ned Carey and Community/Civic Leader Nic Queen from Marley/Brooklyn Park, Glen Burnie paid the Heritage Museum a visit on Super Hero Day!

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Bad guys get water ballooned!

Angel Ball teaches the kids how to paint “Essex Rocks”.

Our museum has the best jail cell photo ops!

Cheryl Rosedale as Poison Ivy

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