Navigating the Site
Navigating this site is fairly straightforward, but there are a few navigation buttons designed to help you easily get around the site:
Searching by County
Don't worry...it will not close your browser! Sometimes this button actually closes a window, sometimes it serves as a “back” button, and sometimes it's difficult to tell which it does — but it will always take you to the last link opened.
This button returns you to the main National Register page
(with the Search Options and Tours)
This button returns you to the Maryland Historical Trust homepage.
There are two ways to display the National Register listings for each county without performing a database search (think of these as the “browsing” approach):
County Maps: The county maps display the approximate location of each National Register property. Hovering your mouse over a specific location will display that property's name in the box at the top of the page; clicking on a specific property will display that site's information (photograph, description, and site significance). For areas in some counties where too many properties are clustered closely together, we have designated “Multiple Property” areas; clicking on those map locations will open a list of all properties in that general area.
County Lists: These are complete listings (arranged alphabetically by offical National Register property name) of all National Register sites in a particular county. Click on the property name to display its information.
Searching the Database
The National Register database can be searched using three categories:
Property Name. All or part of a property name can be searched, but keep in mind that only the offical National Register property name is searched. Using search criteria such as “church” or “archeological” will result in fairly complete lists of some categories of sites. Searching by property name without specifying a variable will produce the entire list of Maryland's National Register sites.
Location. Properties can be search by location by using any combination of three variables: street name, city/town, and/or county.
Keyword. The “Keyword Search” searches all words in the capsule summaries contained in the National Register database. These capsule summaries are derived from property descriptions and statements of significance contained in the original National Register nomination forms.
Things to keep in mind when searching the National Register database:
Each main search category (Name, Location, Keyword) has its own “Submit” and “Reset” buttons; make sure you click the correct button.
Use the search hints.
When reading the capsule summaries, please keep in mind that some properties were nominated more than 30 years ago, and the level of documentation has changed greatly over the years.
Taking the Virtual Tours
The properties highlighted on the various tours represent just a sampling of the National Register properties that may relate to a particular tour topic, and are intended to provide a general introduction to that topic. For more in-depth investigation of a topic, use the search tools. For example, for the topic “Civil War” you could perform a keyword search on phrases such as “Civil War,” “battlefield,” “Confederate,” etc.
Other Features to Note
Clicking on the photograph accompanying any of the property descriptions (except in the tours) will display an enlarged version of the photograph.
Archeological sites are not depicted on the county maps; to access data on these sites, use the county lists or the database search function.
Acknowledgements & Credits
TEA-21 funds, administered by the Maryland State Highway Administration,
supported data development for this project.
The Maryland Historical Trust's National Register website was developed by Trust staff in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development's Information Technology staff:
Database Team: Maureen Kavanagh, Carmen Swann, and Jennifer Falkinburg
Data Development: Jennifer Cosham and Jennifer Chadwick-Moore
Website Programming: Carmen Swann
Website Design: Dennis C. Curry