Holiday Open House

Please join us for the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society’s annual holiday open house at the Benson-Hammond House on December 3 and 4. The house will be open from 1  p.m. to 4 p.m. both days to show off its Christmas finery. And members of the historic site’s docent team will be available to answer your questions about the house and its unique role in local history.

Kuethe Library

The Historical Society’s Kuethe Library is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday and will reopen on Thursday, December 1.

Normal operating hours for the library are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday – Saturday. Our expert (well…really good!) historians and genealogists are ready to help with all your queries. Hope to see you soon!


Celebrating Our Rich History

For over 50 years the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society has pursued a mission of collecting, preserving and sharing the rich history of this area. Its collections of books, photographs, documents and artifacts, now numbering in the thousands, attract scores of visitors each year and fulfill the vision of the founders: to encourage and inspire present and future generations to preserve and share our County’s heritage.

The society is custodian of the historic Benson-Hammond House, built circa 1820, which is on the National Registry of Historic Places and is the last standing farmhouse on the large tract of land that became Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI) airport. The rooms of the house display antique artifacts of farm life, furniture, textiles and more. Find out more about the Benson-Hammond House.

And no, the spelling our society is not in error. In 1650, the Maryland Colony named its third county after the wife of Lord Baltimore. The colony’s records of that time show the name as Ann Arrundell. Over time, the name of the county evolved to Anne Arundel county. Find out more about Lady Ann.