Jefferson County museum opening for 2012 season

The Jefferson County Museum is opening for the 2012 season. Stop by and see the museum’s amazing collection of artifacts, archives, and photos telling the history of the county from prehistoric times to the mid-20th century. On display are a letter written by George Washington upon the death of his brother Charles, the wagon that carried John Brown to his hanging, Civil War weapons and bullets, fine silver, women’s dresses, old toys and dolls, 19th century farm tools and household items, uniforms from World Wars I and II and the Civil War, many photos and portraits, and much more.

This season, in addition to a new exhibit of Harpers Ferry muskets and Hall rifles, the museum is hosting an exhibit by the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society honoring the 200th anniversary of the birth of Martin Delany in Charles Town. Delany, a physician, scientist, inventor, author, newspaper publisher and editor, and Union Army major, was one of the most prominent African Americans of the 19th century.

The museum, located on the ground floor of the Charles Town Library building at 200 East Washington Street, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children, students, and Charles Town Library patrons.

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