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Farm Museum

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General Information

The Carroll County Farm Museum, located in Westminster, Maryland, provides the public with the opportunity to experience mid-nineteenth century rural life. The Carroll County Farm Museum, the first of its kind in the State of Maryland, opened its doors to the public for the first time on August 13, 1966. The Museum grounds include original farm structures, such as the Farmhouse and a bank barn, built in 1852-53. Other buildings include a 1700s Log Barn, Smokehouse, Broom Shop, Saddlery, Springhouse, Living History Center, Wagon Shed, General Store exhibit, Firehouse, and a One-room Schoolhouse. Period artifacts and antiques complete the rural experience for visitors.

A guided tour through the seven decorated rooms in the Farmhouse is provided. The Large Hall Showcase and Bowfront China Closet in the Farmhouse feature special displays and collections which rotate bi-monthly. A self-guided walking tour pamphlet, push button recordings, and signage provide the visitor with information in the various exhibit buildings. Present exhibits support the Museum by presenting artifacts with appropriate interpretation, both to show how they once looked, and how they were utilized by farmers and their families in the history of agriculture in Carroll County. Visitors are given the opportunity to explore the Museum's collections of horse-powered machines and farm implements used for plowing, planting, and harvesting during the 19th Century.

Learn more about the history of the Carroll County Farm Museum.

Hours of Operation

General Public: The Farm Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. except New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Tours: The Farm Museum offers educational tours depicting 1800s farm family life. Reservations should be made for groups of 20 or more. These visits include a guided tour through the Farmhouse, a guided tour of the Hoff Log Barn, self-guided tours through the Living History Center where artisans demonstrate old-time skills, and other exhibit buildings.

Admission Fees

General Admission:

Family - $10.00
Adults - $5.00
Age 10 - 18 and 60 & over - $4.00
Age 9 and under - Free (with adult admission)

Group Tours: $4.00 per person

School Tours:

In County students - Free
Out of County students - $4.00
Chaperones - $4.00
All Teachers - Free

Special Events: Fees vary.

Museum Members: Free admission except for Deer Creek Fiddlers’ Convention, Common Ground on the Hill’s Roots Music & Arts Festival and The Maryland Wine Festival®. Click here to become a member.

Get Involved: Volunteers are an integral part of the Farm Museum. They assist us every day by working in the Administrative Building, guiding tours, and demonstrating forgotten arts. They also fill the many positions necessary to accommodate the thousands of visitors during Museum events.

To volunteer at Farm Museum event please call Sara at 410-386-3891 or email

Directions: The Carroll County Farm Museum is located at 500 South Center Street in Westminster, Maryland. Click here for directions.

Handicapped Access: Handicapped access is available to 29 of the 31 exhibits. Exhibits may be accessed by paved roads, cement walks and wooden ramps and porches. The animal pens, Heirloom Garden, Fish Pond and play area are sited in a grassy area. Restrooms are fully accessible. Handicapped parking spaces are located near the museum entrance