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Miller House is home to genealogical library

September 24, 2006

The Washington County Historical Society, in the Miller House at 135 W. Washington St. in downtown Hagerstown, is home to the Simms B. Jamieson Genealogical Library and research materials about local history, old homes and past events.

Genealogical information at the library includes church records, cemetery records and approximately 900 files of individual family histories.

The library's collection includes old city directories and Census data for Washington County dating to 1790.

There are maps, photographs, documents and vertical files on events, people and places.

The library has a few diaries, including those of C.D. Spangler, a local artist who provided a boy's look at the Civil War's major events, and Angela Kirkham Davis, a Funkstown woman who wrote about living in the town during the Civil War.

The library has local history books and magazines, including every copy of the Cracker Barrel and old copies of Western Maryland Genealogy.

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The society owns the Beaver Creek School Museum, a one-room schoolhouse, which is at 9702 Beaver Creek Church Road. The Beaver Creek School Museum does not have regular business hours.

Prices to join the society vary, but a family membership costs $35. Those interested in joining may call 301-797-8782.

The Washington County Historical Society's Simms B. Jamieson Genealogical Library is in the basement of the Miller House.

Metered parking is available on the street.

Jamieson Library Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., year-round. Closed holidays.

Miller House Museum: April through December, Wednesday through Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Closed January through March.

Cost: Free, but donations are accepted.

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