Historical Society

The Garrett County Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of Garrett County, its customs and traditions. Located in the Garrett County Historical Museum at 107 South Second Street, Oakland, MD, (phone 301-334-3226) you will find histories of Garrett County through pictures of the area, family genealogies, Garrett County records such as birth records, death records, county cemetery records, early newspapers and much more. Enjoy time spent talking to others who have varied interest in subjects associated to Garrett County and Western Maryland.

Glades Star

The Glades Star is the quarterly publication of the Society and your membership entitles you to a subscription. Intersesting exclusive articles, special views of artifacts and images from our archives and the latest news and announcements from the Society are in every issue. 

As a service to the research community, we have compiled a comprehnive index for Volumes 1-13 of the Glades Star.

Spreadsheet Version (sortable tabular data)     Printable version (in pdf format set up to print on standard paper)

 We have also partnered with the Ruth Enlow Library to create an online, searchable archive of the Glades Star.  You can access the Glade Star Archive here  

Expanded Content

We have begun an initative to provide additional content to expand on our traditional museum exhibits.


  • 1959 Garrett County Bus Tragedy : video interviews of those involved with the bus accident recorded in 2017
  • Oakland Walking Tours: a series of 5 short (4 to 6 stop) walking tours of Oakland, each with a different theme
  • Video tours: online tours of both the Transportation and Garrett County History Musuems narrated by Past President and local history guru Bob Boal.
  • Virtual Map Room: scanned paper maps of Garrett County and the local area of historical interest

Contact Us

Garrett County Historical Museum
107 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
Phone: 301-334-3226