Laurel Museum

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Laurel Museum
photo of the Laurel Museum exterior on May 12, 2007
on November 16, 2013
Established May 1, 1996 (1996-05-01)[1]
Location 817 Main Street, Laurel, Maryland
Coordinates 39°06′36″N 76°51′26″W / 39.11°N 76.8572°W / 39.11; -76.8572
Type Local history museum
Director Lindsey Baker[2]
Public transit access Laurel MARC; or CMRT routes C, G, or H

The Laurel Museum is a museum in Laurel, Maryland, in the United States. It is located in a mill workers' home that was built by Horace Capron between 1836 and 1840.[3] It was restored by the City of Laurel, and opened to the public on May 1, 1996. Located on the northeast corner of 9th and Main Streets, the museum has exhibits that highlight the history of Laurel and its citizens. A gift shop is available and museum admission is free.[1]

The 2,590-square-foot (241 m2) brick and stone building was built with four living units, and was later converted into a two-family house. It was then transformed into a commercial property, and before its abandonment in the 1970s was a rental home and storage warehouse. In 1985 the building was purchased by the City of Laurel from the State of Maryland.[4]

The museum is operated by the Laurel Historical Society, a tax-exempt educational organization[5] that was founded as the Laurel Horizon Society in 1976. The society received permission to use the city-owned building for a museum with the adoption of a resolution by the mayor and city council on February 25, 1991.[6] The building was then renovated between 1993 and 1996, when it opened to the public.[4] The museum's research library is named after John Calder Brennan,[1] a local historian who died three months before the museum's opening.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Directions and Hours". Laurel Historical Society. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  2. ^ Dickson, Akeya (August 7, 2008). "Names in the News". The Washington Post. pp. PG13. Retrieved 2009-08-09. The Laurel Historical Society and Museum named Lindsey Baker last month as its executive director. 
  3. ^ Laurel Historical Society and The City of Laurel. "Historic Sites in Laurel, Maryland". ArcGIS (Esri). entry 25. Retrieved January 8, 2016. constructed between 1836 and 1840 by Horace Capron, owner of the Patuxent Manufacturing Company, a cotton duck mill operating next door. The building was one of many duplexes built in the area to house mill workers and their families. 
  4. ^ a b "City of Laurel Parks & Facilities". City of Laurel, Maryland. Archived from the original on July 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  5. ^ "Laurel MD TaxExempt/NonProfit Organizations". June 26, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  6. ^ "History of the Laurel Historical Society". Laurel Historical Society. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  7. ^ "John Calder Brennan". Obituary section. The Washington Post. February 11, 1996. 

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