Museum of Rural Life

In the Historic Taylor-Brown House (circa 1819). 16 N. First St. Denton, MD

The headquarters of the Society is located within the Museum of Rural Life, on the Courthouse Square in historic downtown Denton.

Caroline County is one of only a handful of counties in the United States that existed for more than 300 years solely dependent on an agriculturally-based economy. This distinction along with its geography – it is land-locked – provided unique challenges for its seemingly isolated residents.The Museum of Rural Life offers visitors a rare glimpse into this world through historic dwellings. Highlights include an exhibit of all or a portion of four historic houses:

Museum Exhibits

Taylor-Brown House

Built for merchant-broker Solomon Brown in 1819 and later owned by the Taylors, an African American family. This house was moved twice by mule cart and survived the fire that leveled most of Denton on July 4, 1865, when balls of candlewick and kerosene were flung in celebration at a Civil War reconciliation picnic.

Painter’s Range

An entire log cabin home of a tenant or subsistence farmer, circa 1824.

Skillington’s Right

Home of the Fraziers, a wealthy planter family, circa 1795.

Chance’s Desire

Home of a “middling planter,” circa 1787.

WWI - The Great War

Built for merchant-broker Solomon Brown in 1819 and later owned by the Taylors, an African American family. This house was moved twice by mule cart and survived the fire that leveled most of Denton on July 4, 1865, when balls of candlewick and kerosene were flung in celebration at a Civil War reconciliation picnic.

WWII - Lost Lives

In the Lost Lives exhibit, visitors will recognize the names Corregidor, Cuadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Normandy, Tripolis Мопtе Cassino, The Bulge, Guam, and others. Together with the Letters Home and Romance, our WWII exhibits give visitors compelling and straight-forward insight into how World War impactcd Caoline County families.

Sea Stories

Caroline County captains, sailors, and shipbuilders in the Age of Sail and the Age of Steam.

FDR on the Denton Courthouse Green

FDR’s visit on Labor Day 1938 was more than just a big day for Denton.  It was also a carefully planned and orchestrated event in FDR’s battle to secure the New Deal.