The Somerset County Historical
The Somerset County Historical Trust is a private, nonprofit, county-wide organization committed to the identification, protection and celebration of Somerset County's heritage.
The Trust was created in 1969 as a county advisory organization under the Maryland Historical Trust. We have participated in various state and federal preservation programs, and advise and assist local preservationists in individual projects. Our legal incorporation allows us to receive and purchase properties and to administer ﬁnancial gifts in the interest of historic preservation.
Guarding Somerset's heritage cannot remain the concern of a few individuals; it must become a concern of everyone because the past belongs to us all.
— PAUL BAKER TOUART | LOCAL RESIDENT &
Since 1983 the Trust has administered over three quarters of a million dollars in grants, loans and matches for preservation work and has assisted other nonprofit groups on the Lower Eastern Shore. Organizations include: The Rehobeth Ruritans, Fairmount Academy Historical Association, Oriole Historical Society, Ward Brothers Homeplace, Preservation Trust of Wicomico, Inc., Olde Princess Anne Days, Inc., Somerset County Historical Society, Friends of Teackle Mansion, and Downtown Princess Anne Partnership.
The Trust also nominated hundreds of sites, districts, and houses to the National Register of Historic Places, thereby providing a measure of protection to these valuable resources.
Starting in 2020, the Trust has shifted its sights to three prime objectives:
The Trust is currently focused on identifying, listing, and monitoring significant intact and endangered historic properties in Somerset County. Our purpose is to create public awareness of the extent of heritage loss and of ways we can preserve these precious assets.
Each of our members can participate by reporting on available historic properties or endangered properties in their area by contacting the Trust. To the extent that property owners agree, we will publish our findings on our website, newsletter and other methods of communication.
Information & Resources
The Trust is uniquely positioned to provide expert advice to those interested in restoring valuable historic properties. The combined knowledge and experience of our members is a valuable, if little-tapped, resource for the community as a whole.
We have developed a directory of contractors, tradespersons, material resources, architectural historians, appraisers and realtors available to those in need of services. Along with our annual meeting and planned educational lectures, the directory will serve as a platform and portal for gatherng and disseminating information. All members will be able to contribute and comment by contacting the Trust.
The wealth and magnitude of valuable historic properties within Somerset County is not well known outside our area, despite the fact that Somerset boasts the largest number of National Registered sites per capita in Maryland.
The economics of our region place us in a unique position to attract investors who share in our interests or who hope to own a living piece of history. To place Somerset's historical wealth on a larger stage, we are establishing robust relationships with local and national real estate professionals and advertisers.