The Boonsboro Historical Society
Early in 1970 several citizens of Boonsboro and surrounding area discussed the founding of a historical society. In March 1970, the Boonsboro Historical Society, with 15 members, was officially chartered with the purpose “to preserve for posterity the heritage of the Boonsboro area.”
In the latter part of 1970, charter member Charles R. Smith gave the Society a house formerly owned by John Bowman, an early Boonsboro potter. The development and utilization of this site continues to be an important part of the Society’s activities. The house located at 323 North Main Street has been restored and now servers as the headquarters of the Society. The Society has built a wagon barn and a potter’s shed on the site.
The Bowman House Museum is open the 4th Sunday of each month from May to October from 2-5pm and by appointment by calling 301.432.5889.
The first “Boonesborough Days” was held in 1971 under the sponsorship of the Society. This activity has now grown to become one of the major craft fairs in the area, attracting hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors. It continues to develop with a primary emphasis on furthering interest and understanding of this area’s history. Income realized from this event is dedicated to supporting Society activities and services.
The Society has saved the last known trolley station in Washington County, located on Main Street in Boonsboro. The Trolley Station Museum is also open by appointment by calling 301.432.5889.