Street Address
1824 Frederick Road
Catonsville, MD 21228
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 9311
Catonsville, MD 21228
Open the first three Wednesdays of each month 1-3 PM; and/or by appointment.
Free to members. Non-members are requested to pay a minimum of $2 per person or $5 per family.
Joan Bender, President
Claire Willey, Treasurer


The Catonsville Historical Society Inc., is a non-profit organization that was organized in 1973 after the late Mrs. Robert Townsend had bequeathed her home and, her collection of 18th and early 19th century antiques to the Society. Her decorator workshop, which was next to the house, was later remodeled and enlarged for an office, meeting room, and museum to house Catonsville memorabilia. The enlarged and remodeled area ultimately became the Pullen Museum. The Society currently maintains a membership of over 700 people, runs tours of the Townsend House and Pullen Museum, and hosts a variety of activities. Additionally there is a Genealogy Section of the Society that meets once a month.

By becoming a member of the Catonsville Historical Society, you will be helping the society to continue to preserve our community's history. Members can help coordinate and enjoy a variety of Society activities, and participate in society meetings and voting. As a member, you can also apply your special talents and skills to society activities and projects that interest you, while promoting historical preservation and education.

The Catonsville Historical Society maintains a wide variety of interesting collections from a number of different eras. Among the many collections we maintain here at the society we have: •Indian Arrowheads discovered in Catonsville •An amazing collection of Miniatures •Historical Prints and Paintings •Model Trains and Layout •A variety of many other donated objects

Artifacts Collections

  • historic house (Townsend House)
  • 18th century antiques
  • museum
  • library (Pullen Museum and Library)
  • Catonsville memorabilia
  • native American arrowheads and artifacts

Educational Programs

  • Colonial Dinner
  • General Society meetings with speakers
  • Bus tours
  • Holiday Open House
  • Exhibits
  • Working train layout
  • Genealogical Society meetings
  • Theme luncheons
  • Youth tours


  • Monthly newsletter
  • books
  • Keidel's "Colonial History of Catonsville"
  • Keidel's "Catonsville 1880-1940"
  • Orser/Arnold "Catonsville Heritage"