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 Garrett County Historical Society & Museum


About Us:

The Garrett County Historical Society and Dailey's Park offer a glimpse into the diverse past of the Deep Creek Lake area. Our rich history includes: the world's most lavish hotels, Civil and World War involvement, Native Americans, brave pioneers and hunters, German settlers, the coal, farming and timber industries, and great American visionaries. In addition to the museum's exhibits, we offer an extensive local history and geneology research library to the general public and a book & gift shop. You can also visit our online articles and exhibits, which offer and overview of Garrett County's History, most of our historical photo collections, and some additional collections that are not housed in the museum. Dailey's Park, located next door, offers a glimpse into the grandeur of the world-famous hotels that attracted presidents and other noteworthy guests to Garrett County in the 1880's and 1890's.


The Garrett County Historical Society Museum first opened in 1969, and moved to it's present location in 1997. We have many significant historical artifacts that represent the entirety of Garrett County. New society members are always welcome.

We are located in downtown Oakland, just minutes south of Deep Creek Lake. (click for driving directions) Admission is FREE. We are open Thursday - Saturday from 11am - 4pm during Janurary thru April, and Monday - Saturday from 11am - 4pm during May thru December. We are closed on holidays. Hours are subject to change, so please call 301-334-3226 to verify hours. Group tours are also available by appointment.

Themed exhibits include:

  • Antique Toys, Dolls, Glass & China
  • Civil War Items & Early Firearms
  • Deer Park Hotel Memorabilia
  • Local Native American Artifacts
  • Meshach Browning and Other Early Pioneers
  • Period Clothing & Military Uniforms
  • USS Garrett County Artifacts
  • Victorian Bedroom

Special Exhibits Include:

  • 1873 Hotel Gazebo & Gas House
  • 1893 Model Steam Locomotive
  • Original Garrett County Courthouse Eagle

Garrett County
Historical Society Museum

107 South Second Street
Oakland , Maryland 21550
Phone: (301) 334-3226


Mailing Address
Garrett County
Historical Society Museum
PO Box 28
Oakland, MD 21550


January - April
Thursday - Saturday - 11 am - 4 pm

Monday - Saturday -11 am - 4 pm

Closed on holidays.
Hours subject to change.
Group tours by appointment.

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