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Miller House has genealogical library

September 26, 2007

A repository for local history can be found at a town house in downtown Hagerstown, the Miller House.

The early 19th-century brick town house at 135 W. Washington St. is the headquarters for the Washington County Historical Society and houses the Simms B. Jamieson Genealogical Library.

The library's collection includes old city directories and Census data for Washington County dating to 1790, in addition to genealogical information such as church records, cemetery records and about 900 files of individual family histories.

The library has a few diaries, including that of Angela Kirkham Davis, a Funkstown woman who wrote about what living there was like during the Civil War.

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

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

The Washington County Historical Society, which operates the library in the basement of the Miller House, also owns Beaver Creek School Museum, a one-room schoolhouse at 9702 Beaver Creek Church Road. The Beaver Creek School Museum is open Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. between April 1 and Nov. 11, or by appointment.

Individual memberships to the historical society cost $20. Family memberships cost $35. Those interested in joining may call 301-797-8782.

Jamieson Library Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., year-round. It is closed on holidays.

The Miller House Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. between April and December. It is open on select days in December. It is closed January through March.

Beaver Creek School is open Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. between April 1 and Nov. 11, or by appointment.

Admission to the Miller House costs $5 for adults and $3 for seniors. Admission is free for members and children younger than 16.

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