Street Address
210 East Main St
Westminster, MD 21157
Mailing Address
210 East Main St
Westminster, MD 21157
phone: 410-848-6494
Administrative offices
Monday - Friday8 AM - 5 PM
Research Library
Tuesday - Friday9:30 AM - 12 PM & 1 PM - 4 PM
Second and fourth Saturdays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Shriver-Weybright Gallery
Tuesday - Friday12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Sherman-Fisher-Shellman House
group and individual tours by appointment
Shop at Cockey's
Tuesday - Saturday10 AM - 4 PM
Research Library: Free for members; $5 per day for non-members. Sherman-Fisher-Shellman House: Free for members; $3.00 for non-members.
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Timatha Pierce, Executive Director
phone: 410-848-6494
Linda Cunfer, Manager of Operations
phone: 410-848-6494
Catherine Baty, Curator of Collections
phone: 410-848-6494
Donna Hewlett, Administrative Assistant


Founded in 1939 to save the historic Sherman-Fisher-Shellman House, the Society now owns three properties on Westminster's Main Street: the Sherman-Fisher-Shellman House (1807), the Kimmey House (c.1800) and Cockey's (c.1820). The Sherman-Fisher-Shellman House have been restored to its original appearance and exhibits artifacts from the time period of the first owners (1807-1842). The Kimmey House houses the Research Library, Shriver-Weybright Gallery and administrative offices. Cockey's has undergone extensive renovation and is now open for community use. The new Shop at Cockey's features books and gift items, including many by local artisans.

Artifacts Collections

Collections included materials relating to the history of Carroll County, Maryland: tall clocks, samplers, quilts, coverlets, clothing and uniforms, furniture, silver, photographs and manuscripts.

Educational Programs

The Society sponsors a series of Box Lunch Talks - lectures on Carroll County history. The annual County Birthday celebration commemorates the county's founding in 1837. "Maryland and the Civil War," a one-day conference, is held each spring in cooperation with Carroll Community College. Each fall, Antiques Appraisal Day allows owners to discover the history and value of their treasures. The "Carroll County in the Civil War" student activity kit includes reproduction Union and Confederate uniforms and equipment based on two Carroll County soldiers. The kit is available for loan to area schools. Student tours of the Sherman-Fisher-Shellman House are available by appointment and include activities that coordinate with the Maryland social studies curriculum.


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: No


The Society's book catalog includes over 30 titles. The most recently published books are The Ghost of Legh Furnace (2009) and Images of America: Westminster (2009.

  • Carroll Courier (newsletter), quarterly
  • Carroll History Journal, 3 times per year
  • Annual Report


Wheelchair Accessible


Gift Shop

Special Event Rental