Port Deposit Heritage Museum

in the Paw Paw Building

The Port Deposit Heritage Corporation was organized in 1975 by the late Mrs. Grace Humphries.  Mrs. Humphries was a "newcomer" by some standards to Port Deposit, having not been born in town.  Perhaps this was the source of her vision.  She had a deep love for the town and a fear that its rich history would be lost to future generations if left unprotected.


A retired educator, having once taught at Jacob Tome Institute and later at Perryville Elementary, Mrs. Humphries focused her energies and went about the process of having the town placed on the National Register of Historical Places, a task that consumed years.


Under her guidance, the deteriorating Paw Paw Building was purchased for restoration to be used as a library and museum.  Today, the building stands as a fine example of rubble fieldstone construction techniques, and proof of Mrs. Humphries' commitment to the preservation of Port Deposit's Heritage.

The museum is open every 2nd and 4th Sunday (May through October) from 1pm-5pm.  It is accessible by appointment at other times.


The museum exhibits a collection of Indian arrowheads, Civil War Memorabilia (including original letters from soldiers), and an extensive collection of photographs of the town and of those who lived in Port Deposit over many generations. 

The museum archives are also available for research and genealogical projects to members of the museum, or for a donation.

The second floor meeting room is available for small gatherings.  It can accommodate 35 people comfortably.


The historic Paw Paw building is not handicap accessible, unfortunately