The Garrett County Historical Society Museums

The Garrett County Historical Society combines many facets of Garrett County History into three museums with wide-ranging displays and presentations. The Garrett County Historical Museum features a variety of artifacts that will take you through generations of Garrett County History, the Grantsville Community Museum tells the compelling story of Grantsville and Western Maryland through their collection of photographs and artifacts donated by the community. A generous donation from the Howard and Audrey Naylor Family Trust Foundation enabled construction of the new Garrett County Museum of Transportation.

Also featured through the Garrett County Historical Society is a collection of Leo J. Beachy photography taken between 1905 and 1927. This collection from glass plate negatives, viewable on this website, is an expressive and eloquent window into lives of Garrett County’s past.

Our Garrett County Museums

Garrett County
Historical Museum

107 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550

Garrett County Museum of Transportation

108 E Liberty Street
Oakland, MD 21550


153 Main Street
Grantsville, MD 21536

Leo Beachy Photographic Archive

The Garrett County Historical Society hosts the photographic archive of Leo Beachy, a schoolteacher and poet who at the age of thirty-one turned to photography.

These pictures taken between 1905 and 1927 are an expressive and eloquent window into lives of Garrett County’s past and represent the life’s work of Leo J. Beachy. The photographs in the collection range from individual studio portraits to beautiful and expansive landscapes. This archive allows the entire community to share the visual, artistic and cultural heritage of Garrett County.  View our galleries and purchase prints!