Preserving Caroline's History & Culture

The Society has worked to preserve over fifty historic buildings. We also preserve and safeguard sacred sites, precious artifacts, and shared stories.

The Society is almost certainly the most active historical society in rural America in terms of the number of buildings being preserved. Located from Goldsboro to Choptank Village, our projects are found throughout the county.  All preserved buildings must have a specific future use. Most will become the centerpiece or parts of multi-building and multi-site educational “interpretive centers” to tell unique stories that highlight the national historical signifcance of Caroline County as well as the qualities that make us so exceptional.

For example, Caroline’s resilience produced an extraordinarily unique 350+ year history of commercial agriculture as our only major industry; our service to country led to Caroline’s unmatched record of residents fighting in every major battle save one in American history; and our moral courage gave Caroline the best Underground Railroad history in rural America.

Castle Hall Saved

Castle Hall Saved

Castle Hall in Goldsboro (c. 1781) was dark, vacant, neglected, and deteriorated, with ongoing vandalism that included broken doors, graffiti-sprayed walls and hundreds of smashed window panes, once-proud Castle Hall with the finest colonial woodwork in Caroline sat...

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Circa 1829 Slave Dwelling Discovered

Circa 1829 Slave Dwelling Discovered

The Society was offered an “old shed used as a meat house and granary”, but what we discovered had a lot more history: A one-room dwelling that our architectural consultant said was originally a slave dwelling, our dendrochronologist dated to 1829, and court records...

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Ridgely Train Depot (ca. 1892) Restored

Ridgely Train Depot (ca. 1892) Restored

With its broad Victorian porches stripped away and surviving interior woodwork behind cheap wallboard and 1970s partitions, the 1892 depot was recommended by town staff in 2008 as a site for public toilets. As an alternative, the Society prepared concept plans for...

Miller’s Dwelling (c. 1873) Improved

Miller’s Dwelling (c. 1873) Improved

Below the cat-urine-soaked floorboards were termite-riddled floor joists and sill plates, all requiring very costly reconstruction. The dwelling also lacked a septic system, approved well and modern electric service. Immediately after our purchase a decade ago, the...

Plain Dealing (Caroline Poor House) “Salvaged”

Plain Dealing (Caroline Poor House) “Salvaged”

Interior and exterior walls had badly cracked from major structural problems, numerous fire-burned holes punctured the roof, and mold turned the interior ceilings black. After initial spending by the Society for stabilization and documentation, extensive meetings with...

Castle Hall Saved

Castle Hall Saved

Castle Hall in Goldsboro (c. 1781) was dark, vacant, neglected, and deteriorated, with ongoing vandalism that included broken doors, graffiti-sprayed walls and hundreds of smashed window panes, once-proud Castle Hall with the finest colonial woodwork in Caroline sat...

Circa 1829 Slave Dwelling Discovered

Circa 1829 Slave Dwelling Discovered

The Society was offered an “old shed used as a meat house and granary”, but what we discovered had a lot more history: A one-room dwelling that our architectural consultant said was originally a slave dwelling, our dendrochronologist dated to 1829, and court records...