The GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster has issued its 2016 annual holiday ornament. It is the 13th in the series, and depicts The Carroll County Almshouse and Farm, which is at 500 S. Center St. in Westminster.
The Carroll County Farm Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary as Maryland's first farm museum. Visitors can walk the grounds, watch artisans keep the traditions of blacksmithing, weaving and tinsmithing alive, explore historic buildings, and visit the animals. Guests can tour the original almshouse, circa 1853, built and opened in 18 months to shelter the poor and needy of Carroll County. The almshouse and surrounding acreage functioned as a true farm and housed residents for 114 years. The Board of County Commissioners recommended that the almshouse be closed in 1965, but it was decided that the farm and its well-preserved buildings should serve as an agricultural museum highlighting the farming heritage of Carroll County.
The ornament can be purchased for $20, including tax, in Westminster at the McDaniel College Bookstore; Carroll County Arts Council; Historical Society of Carroll County; Westminster Antique Mall; Shop on the Square at Carroll Lutheran Village; Farm Museum; and from members of the Woman's Club. Ornaments will remain at the vendor locations through the end of the year.
Ornament sales are a major fundraiser for the GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster, a volunteer service group that is part of a state and international federation of Women's Clubs. For more information on this or past year's ornaments, contact Mary Lou Poirier at firstname.lastname@example.org.