If you like small quaint museums, you might want to visit the Laurel Museum in Laurel, Maryland. The museum is located in a 3-floor house that was used by mill worker families who worked at the cotton mill (now demolished and gone). The basement of the house is where the families would have had their kitchens. The museum shows what those kitchens would've been like. The basement also contains the museum giftshop. The giftshop has mugs, postcards, christmas ornaments showing places in Laurel and books on the history of Laurel and Maryland. All money raised by the giftshop goes toward the museum and its programs.
The first floor of the museum is where the main exhibits are located. It is composed of two rooms filled with artifacts, old photos and memorabilia of days gone by. Visitors can see the menu for the former Laurel Hotel or see a piece of cotton cloth that was made at the cotton mill. The cotton mill was famous for making sails for clipper ships built in Baltimore as well as fabric for Conestoga wagons. The present exhibit shows a gown worn by Mamie Eisenhower, wife of President Dwight Eisenhower. President Eisenhower was the only U.S. President to actually live in Laurel. He and his wife lived there when he was stationed at Fort Meade.
The second floor is closed to the public as it contains offices for the Laurel Historical Society (LHS). Volunteers from the LHS run the museum.
The easiest way to get to the museum is via Interstate-95. You take Interstate-95 to the MD-216 exit toward Laurel. You take MD-216 to Main Street. You turn right on Main Street and go all the way to the end. The museum is the last house on the right. A sign is located in front of the museum. Visitors park along the street.
The museum's hours are Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wedensday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.
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