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Vienna Heritage Society Inc

Hurst & Brother Station - 1929
Hurst & Brother Station - 1929

Vienna Heritage Museum opened in 2002 and is dedicated to preserving the history of the Vienna area. Our building is the old Hurst and Brother Service Station and Confectionary Shop which operated on this site from the 1920s until the 1970s.

The museum contains a large assortment of artifacts, antiques, photographs and historic memorabilia from Vienna and the surrounding area.

Our current feature display is the Martinek Button Factory from Elliott Island, MD. The factory produced mother of pearl buttons until 1999, when owner Daniel Martinek closed the last operating family button factory in the country and donated his equipment to us.

Martinek Button Factory - 1950
Martinek Button Factory - 1950

Vienna Heritage Museum

We invite you to visit our Heritage Museum, and enjoy the many interesting displays of local artifacts and information from the town's past. If you have visited us before, please stop in again, as new resources are being added on a regular basis. The Heritage Museum is located at 303 Race St.

Our museum also welcomes special prearranged group tours. Interesting displays, demonstrations of the button factory in operation, guided tram tours of Historic Vienna, and special museum events can be scheduled throughout the year. Please call 410.376.3442 for information.

Nanticoke River Discovery Center

We invite you to visit our Nanticoke Discovery Center. Stage one of the discovery center is now open to the public and showcases Captain John Smith's exploration of the Nanticoke River and initial contact with the native Nanticoke Indians. The Captain John Smith Nanticoke River Discovery Center may be included in group tours by contacting the number above, and is located at 113 Old Ocean Gateway.

Donating Memorabilia and Artifacts

Anyone wishing to contribute or loan area artifacts, antiques, or memorabilia to either museum's collection should contact us at 410.376.3442 for assistance. All contributions are appreciated and handled with care.

Society Meetings

Guests are always welcome at our regular society meetings which are held at the Vienna Town Hall on the second Thursday of each month at 7 PM. We are actively seeking new members to help with all aspects of current society projects and events. If you are interested, please contact any member or come to one of our regular meetings. The town hall is located at 214 Market Street.

Future Plans

The recently reorganized Vienna Heritage Society is currently reviewing plans for many new programs at the heritage museum and the discovery center, which will include exciting new stages of development for the Nanticoke Discovery Center. We invite all interested to join us.

Vienna Heritage Society Inc, P.O. Box 81, Vienna, MD 21869

All Rights Reserved - April 2016

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