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The Historical Society of Mount Airy, MD. Inc. was established in 1998 by Travis Norwood and Mayor Jerry Johnson.  Its mission is to foster interest in the town history and its various historic landmarks.  Our main goals are to establish and maintain a museum for the preservation and the display of artifacts, photographs and other historic memorabilia related to the Town’s history, and to educate the public about our history.  The Historical Society manages the museum, caboose, and Rails to Trails.  Check our links above to explore further.

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UPCOMING EVENTS - click Links for more information - see Calendar for details:

Hall of Fame Nominations Now Open - deadline November 30, 2022

17 Paradise Bed & Breakfast Open House - December 3, 2022, 12-4pm

Historical Society Meeting - Baseball, Mt. Airy's pasttime - Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 7pm, Lower level conference room of Mt. Airy Volunteer Fire Department

Santa will be at the Caboose - December 9, 2022, 5-8pm - FREE pictures with Santa, baked goods and hot chocolate for sale!


Wanted! Any information you can provide on the people, places or events in these pictures!

The Historical Society of Mount Airy, Maryland is looking for referenced, researched, verifiable documentaries, presentations, reports, etc. on the history of Mount Airy.  Please submit to us for consideration as exhibits, presentations at our meetings, or articles for the newsletter.  You can submit to our email address.  Thank you.

Announcements & Events


17 Paradise hosting Open House

One Day Only!

Saturday, December 3 2022   12-4 pm

Just in time for the Holidays, the new Bed & Breakfast in town, 17 Paradise, will open her doors bedecked in all her Christmas  Splendor.  Each room will brim with decorations - some old, some new, some handmade, but all festive.  Reminiscent of days gone by, this old house will once again be filled with warmth and good cheer ready to welcome you, your family, and friends and instill the Holiday spirit. Please join us.

Start your day with the house tour (an easy 5 minute walk up Dorsey Ave from the municipal parking lot,)  be on hand for the lighting of the tree in the  parking lot at 5:30 pm, then bundle up for the town parade at 6:30 pm.  Plan on holiday shopping at the unique shops and dine at various restaurants in town to round out the day in quaint downtown Mount Airy.  Visit the train station and railyard to be delighted by the historically accurate train layout depicting this old B&O railroad town in its earliest years. And be amazed by what "used to be" in this charming town as presented in the museum.


A $5 donation is requested at the door of the 17 Paradise Open House, which will benefit the  Mount Airy Flat Iron Building Restoration Project. Help support this worthy cause to save and preserve this icon of downtown Mount Airy, Maryland.


To reserve rooms at 17 Paradise for your holiday gatherings, please contact Airbnb.com

Hall of Fame Banquet Scheduled; Nominations are Now Open

The 2023 Hall of Fame Banquet has been scheduled for March 21, 2023 at the American Legion on Prospect Road. Tickets will go on sale sometime in January.  In the meantime, nominations are now open and will be accepted until November 30, 2022.  As a reminder, the purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor truly deserving people, living or deceased, of Mount Airy and the immediate surrounding areas, who by work, service, volunteerism, word or deed, made the community a better place for everyone.  Also honored will be those who were born here and went on to bring honor and glory to the community by their efforts, deeds, or life’s work outside of the area.


If you would like to nominate someone for this honor, please fill out the Hall of Fame nomination form on our Hall of Fame page. Nomination forms for the Mount Airy Hall of Fame may also be found at the Mount Airy Town Hall or at the Mount Airy Museum. There is also a link on our page to print out the paper form and bring to the museum, or mail as indicated on the form.

Remember: no one gets selected who has not been nominated!

The Mount Airy Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays 12 noon until 4 p.m., and from 3-7 pm on Wednesdays when the Farmer's Market is open (June-September only)  

Please, observe social distancing; face masks are now optional for your safety. You can contact us at historicalsocietyofmountairy@earthlink.net