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Roller Coasters, Alligator Exhibit: Learn Anne Arundel's History

Anne Arundel County's historical society will hold its annual dinner this month at Snyder's Willow Grove. Author and historian Alberta Stornetta will be the guest speaker.

Author Alberta Stornetta will be the featured speaker at the county historical society’s annual dinner this month. Credit: AACHS
Author Alberta Stornetta will be the featured speaker at the county historical society’s annual dinner this month. Credit: AACHS

From a news release:

The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society’s annual dinner will be held at Snyder’s Willow Grove, 841 N. Hammonds Ferry Road in Linthicum on Sunday, March 30, beginning at 2 p.m. with a reception. Dinner will be served at 3 p.m. The guest speaker is Alberta Stornetta, author of the new book “Arnold, Maryland and Neighbors on the Broadneck.”

Learn about the days, not that long ago, when Baltimore and Annapolis Boulevard was a mud and oyster shell road and everyone, including children, owned a horse to navigate the only path between the two cities. In 1928 an amusement park was built on the Magothy River that featured a roller coaster over the water and an alligator exhibit.

The dinner is open to the public. Tickets are $40 per person and may be obtained from Lillian Malkus, dinner chairwoman, by calling (410)-974-6850. More information may be obtained from the Society’s website: http://www.aachs.org

The Anne Arundel County Historical Society, founded in 1962, seeks to encourage and inspire present and future generations to preserve and explore the county’s history to foster a greater appreciation for our shared legacy.

The society’s museum headquarters, the Benson-Hammond House in Linthicum, is a Greek-Revival style brick farmhouse museum. Both the house and outbuildings are listed in the Maryland Inventory of Historic Sites. The society continues to operate the house as the only remaining example of what was once a thriving business in Northern Anne Arundel County – truck farming.

The rooms of the house display antique furniture and textiles of the Victorian era. The third floor of the house is a museum displaying implements of farm life in the late 19th century and rotating exhibits on the second floor give visitors an opportunity to see portions of the society’s large collection of quilts, clothing, cooking utensils and other artifacts. The third floor also houses the society’s large collection of antique dolls.

There is a museum shop on the first floor of the house which offers a wide selection of books on local history as well as antiques and local crafts.

The society also operates the Kuethe Library in Glen Burnie. The library is a Historical & Genealogical Research Center jointly operated by the Society and the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society. It houses over 5,000 books and other historical documents on local history and genealogy.

For information on hours and membership visit http://www.aachs.org or contact the Membership Chair at (410) 956-4809.

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