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VA Maryland Health Care System

 

Health Watch: Fall Winter 2017-2018

Perry Point Veterans Museum
at the Grist Mill Now Open


Perry Point VA Medical Center - Veterans Museum poster
Veterans Museum
contact information


DIRECTIONS & HOURS:
410-642-2411, ext. 2151

GROUP TOURS:

410-642-2411, ext. 6071

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
410-642-1038

EMAIL:
perrypointveteransmuseum@va.gov

WEBSITE: www.maryland.va.gov/
veteransmuseum.asp

We are pleased to announce the opening of a new Veterans Museum that is located in the historic Grist Mill on the campus of the Perry Point VA Medical Center. The Grist Mill, which was constructed around 1750 as part of a large settlement on the Perry Point peninsula, is located on the shores of the Susquehanna River at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. It is one of the oldest known structures throughout the Department of Veterans Affairs nationwide. In 1975, the historic significance of the Grist Mill was recognized when it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Visitors to the Perry Point Veterans Museum at the Grist Mill will have an opportunity to explore the rich history of the peninsula. Once used as the hunting grounds by the Susquehannock Indians, it later served as a large estate for early settlers in the area. During the Civil War, it was occupied by the Union Government as a training station for cavalry mules. Due to its strategic location, Perry Point was purchased by the U.S. Government in 1918 and leased to the Atlas Powder Company to produce ammonium nitrate during World War I. Following the war, Perry Point began a long history of serving the health care needs of American military Veterans.

The museum, which has no admission fee, is open to the public on Thursdays and the first and third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Since the museum is staffed by community volunteers, we encourage you to confirm the hours of operation before scheduling your visit by calling 410-642-2411, ext. 2151.

Private tours of the museum are available for school classes and community groups of at least 10 people or more. To schedule a group tour, call (410) 642-2411, ext. 6071, or send an e-mail to perrypointveteransmuseum@va.gov.

 
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