• St Michaels Maryland
  • St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary's Square

  • History:


    Sewell House Before
    During renovations 1964

    St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square (Originally St. Mary’s Square Museum) was established in 1964 by the Town of St. Michaels. Using funds from the 1963 sesquicentennial celebration of the Battle of St. Michaels the Town established the Museum on the old St. Michaels High School site in order to preserve the Sewell House which was an historically important house falling into disrepair on Mill St. The house was moved to St. Mary’s Square on May 18, 1964 and restored. In 1968 it was joined by the Teetotum Building, an historic commercial building moved from Willow Street. Then in 2003 the Chaney House, the home of three free African American brothers, was moved from Fremont St.

    Sewell Chaney House
    Sewell-Chaney house today

    St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square is open May through October, Fridays 1 to 4 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m..  
    Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for youth (6-17).
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    Sampling of the Walking Tour:

    The Sewell House, ca. 1865, was the home of a local waterman Jeremiah Sewell and his family.  It was moved to the site in 1964 when the museum was established. The house is furnished in period pieces reflecting life of a typical working family at that time.

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    Built in 1860 as a commercial structure, the Teetotem Building got its name because of its roof’s resemblance to a toy top of the period.  Originally located on Willow St, the building served variously as a magistrate’s office, a town jail, a saddle shop, a mortuary, a bank and a barber shop. Today the building displays highlights of various aspects of St Michaels’ commercial life in the 18th and 19th centuries

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    The Chaney home stands independently from the other buildings. Built by three free African American brothers, circa 1850, the two room house is typical of its genre.

    After the brothers were able to buy his freedom from slavery, their father came to live with them. Later their sister and her family also resided there once they were freed.

    Partially restored, the home may be viewed. It will contain exhibits on African American life in the community and house a library on the second floor.

  • Before You Visit:

  • St. Michaels, Tilghman and the Bay Hundred area have a wide range of lodging options to suit every taste and budget. Find the perfect place to fit your needs here.

  • Nothing says Chesapeake Bay like a steaming pile of locally caught Maryland blue crabs, and our restaurants are serving the Chesapeake Bay's bounty, from steamed crabs and crab cakes to sweet soft shell clams and fresh rockfish.  Find the perfect restaurant here.

  • St. Michaels offers shopping galore, with an eclectic range of shops, including jewelry, clothing and home decor, galleries and more!   Stop by one of the many tasting rooms, offering specialty foods and locally made libations. Find our unique shops here.

  • Whether you're an experienced kayaker, a day-tripping boater, a sailing novice, a history buff, an avid fisherman, or anyone else who yearns to spend some time on the water, you will find something to do in St. Michaels and Tilghman Island. It's time to get out on the water and enjoy the outdoors!  Find your boating options here.

  • Special thanks to William Wilhelm Photography, the Town of St. Michaels and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for the use of their photos.

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