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Historic Emmitsburg

Ribbon Cutting for Volunteers Glass Etching at 300B S. Seton Avenue (7/1/2021)
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From left to right:
Tim Ayers (Museum Director), Frank Schmersal (Museum Curator), Doc Kinney (Museum Director), Mayor Don Briggs, 
Chip Jewell (Museum President), Dewey Foreman (Museum Director and one of the firefighters imaged in the etching) and Steve Hurst (Museum Member).

In 2021, ribbon cutting ceremonies were held for four new wayside exhibits recently installed. 
  • John Armstrong Long Rifle (121 East Main Street
  • Emmitsburg Railroad (near 300B South Seton Ave.)
  • Volunteers Glass Etching (300B South Seton Ave.)
  • Josephs House (339 South Seton Ave.)

Below is the full list of wayside exhibits in Emmitsburg

  1. Emmit House
  2. Doughboy Statue
  3. Vigilant Hose Company
  4. Great Fire of 1863 – northeast quadrant of town square
  5. Town Square
  6. John Armstrong Long Rifle (121 East Main Street)
  7. Chronicle Press
  8. Carriage House Inn 
  9. Emmitsburg Railroad (near 300B South Seton Ave.)
  10. Volunteers Glass Etching (300B South Seton Ave.)
  11. Josephs House (339 South Seton Ave.)

Wayside Exhibits Map
Map of Exhibit Locations in Emmitsburg

In September of 2020, four new wayside exhibits were installed.  We now have wayside exhibits at the following locations:

  1. Vigilant Hose Company
  2. Great Fire of 1863 – northeast quadrant of town square
  3. Chronicle Press
  4. Carriage House Inn

First Three Wayside Exhibits
During fiscal year 2019 the Town was awarded a $9,000 grant from the Maryland Heritage Area Authorities that partially funded the addition of three (3) historic wayside exhibits to Main Street. The exhibits highlight the history of the following locations in Emmitsburg:

  1. Town Square – located at the intersection of Seton Avenue and Main Street
  2. Emmit House - located at 601 West Main Street
  3. Doughboy Statue – located in front of the Emmit House

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on June 29, 2019 to officially open the three (3) exhibits to the public. The exhibits can be reached any time of day by parking along Main Street and walking to the exhibits. Please note there are no restrooms and water fountains on site.  

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Next Four Wayside Exhibits
Wayside Ribbon Cutting 2020
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on August 27, 2020 to officially open the four (4) more exhibits to the public. The exhibits can be reached any time of day by parking along Main Street walking to the exhibits on both Main Street and South Seton Avenue.

2020 Wayside Exhibits


Future Historic Walking

In fiscal year 2020 the Town applied for another $12,062 in grant funding from the Maryland Heritage Area Authorities. If approved, the Town plans to add another four (4) wayside exhibits focusing on the history of the Vigilant Hose Company, Carriage House Inn, Chronicle Press and Great Fire of 1863. The Town plans to create a historic walking tour of Emmitsburg once a total of 12 exhibits have been added to Town. More information regarding the walking tour will be available in the future.