Westside Historical Society
Copyright 2016 Westside Historical Society Inc.
P.O. Box 194
Mardela Springs MD 21837
Saving & Celebrating the history and traditions of western Wicomico County since 1985
Westside Historical Society
is pleased to offer a full range of tours for varying groups
Take a tour through the area's history as you visit our beautiful restored Barren Creek Springs Church, built in 1842, the Barren Creek Spring House, built ca. 1865, and the exhibits in the Barren Creek Heritage Museum. Barren Creek Heritage Museum is available for tours fro mid-April through the first week of November.
Approximate time for tours:

Barren Creek Springs Church and grounds - 20 to 25 minutes

Barren Creek Spring House - 15 to 20 minutes

Barren Creek Museum - 45 minutes to 1 hour
To arrange a tour:


410-742-9122 or 410-726-8047

Westside Historical Society
P.O. Box 194
Mardela Springs, MD 21837



Combine your group's event with a tour...
As part of our mission to promote awareness of the significant cultural heritage of this part of the Lower Eastern Shore, we offer individual and small groups the opportunity to use the Church and grounds, for a fee, as a gathering place for weddings, picnics, reunions, receptions and tea parties.

We would be happy to offer attendees a guided tour of the sites. We hope you will consider having your event here. You will enjoy a unique and beautiful setting, and will be doing the Historical Society a service by providing needed income to support its programs.

We will be happy to answer any questions you might have and offer any assistance you might need.

For further information about renting the Church, please contact our church curator.
Claudia Hudson, Curator
P.O. Box 194
Mardela Springs, MD 21837

Schools - Public School students and Home Schooled students
• We can supply teachers with in-class, pre-tour information sheets and activities for students to make their tour more meaningful.

• Outdoor walk and talk activities

• Interactive fun-learning opportunities in the museum

• Graded lesson plans meeting Maryland Voluntary Standards, available upon request.

• Tours can be geared to elementary through high school grade levels.

• Museum tours can be inclusive or focused on specific themes.
Senior Centers
• Larger groups can be divided and smaller groups can tour the Church, Spring House, and Museum simultaneously.

• Visitors who have difficulty walking, we can offer assistance if requested prior to the tour. The walk from Church and/or Spring House to the Museum usually is an easy 10 to 15 minute walk.

• An on-site pre-tour orientation talk is available

• A catered lunch is available to groups of eight or more who would like an all-day tour; requests for this must be made a week ahead of the tour. Other eating facilities in town are limited to light fare at Subway and Goose Creek.
Community Groups
• Service Clubs, Boy and Girl Scouts, 4-H, Church classes and others

• We can customize a tour to your group's needs and desires

• Evening tours available
• Guided tours for family groups available

• Or take a self-guided tour
Research in Westside Historical Society's Collection of Documents and Records
Westside Historical Society maintains a small library of local historical papers, genealogical resources, photographs, and clippings. These are available to students and other researchers, but do not circulate. There is a small reading room available on the second floor of the Museum.

To use our research facilities, please make arrangements at least a week before you plan to visit.

A Gift Shop is located in the museum, specializing in local history items and books about local history.

Toilet facilities are available at the Museum and at the Church.

Parking is available on Main Street, on the corner of Bridge and Main Streets and at the Church.
Barren Creek Springs Church is available for group tours throughout the year on a prearranged basis. Please contact Wicomico Historical Society to make arrangements.
The Spring House has an interactive interpretative panel that can be accessed all year round.
Wicomico Historical Society fees are levied for prearranged groups of more than ten persons. Special rates can be arranged for student tours.
Guided walking tours of the town or riding tours of the western part of Wicomico County also can be arranged.