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VA Maryland Health Care System

 

Perry Point Veterans Museum at the Grist Mill

Photo: The Old Mill at Perry Point. For two decades a landmark of the Upper Chesapeake. Contact Information: Location, Perry Point VA Medical Center, Contact Numbers - 410-642-2411 Ext. 6071 and 800-949-1003, Ext. 6071, Hours, call 410-642-2411 Ext. 2151 for current operating hours.The VA Maryland Health Care System operates a Veterans Museum that is located in the historic Grist Mill on the campus of the Perry Point VA Medical Center in Cecil County, Maryland.  The Grist Mill, which was built around 1750 on the shores of the Susquehanna River, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the oldest know structures in the entire VA system.

About the Museum 
Visiting the Museum 

Hours
School and Group Tours
Directions
Parking

Volunteer Opportunities 
Perry Point Peninsula History Resources 

About the Museum

The museum is dedicated to the rich history of the Perry Point 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. 

Each floor of the museum covers a specific period of time:

  • Basement:  Perry Point – The Early Years – 1600’s to 1800’s
  • First Floor:  The Atlas Powder Company at Perry Point – 1918
  • Second Floor:  Health Care for Veterans at Perry Point – 1919 to Present

For more details on what you will find in the museum, please click here(“click here” serves as hyperlink to “Perry Point Peninsula History Resources” section further down on this page)

Whether you are a history buff, a U.S. military enthusiast, a fan of old grist mills, or a school teacher seeking an educational experience for your students, we invite you to step inside the historic Grist Mill and take a step back in time.

While you are in the area, we suggest you also consider visiting the historic Rodgers Tavern Museum and Perryville Railway Museum, which are both located just outside the gate of the Perry Point VA Medical Center on Broad Street in the Town of Perryville.

Visiting the Museum

Hours:

Thursdays
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

First and third Saturday of the month
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.

The museum will be closed on all national holidays.

School and Group Tours:

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

Group tours require at least 10 people.  If your group is smaller than 10, please visit during our normal operating hours.

Group tours include the following:

  • 14-minute video presentation about the history of the Perry Point Peninsula
  • Guided tour of the three floors of the Grist Mill, with each floor covering a different period of history of the Perry Point Peninsula:
    • Basement:  Perry Point – The Early Years – 1600’s to 1800’s
    • First Floor:  The Atlas Powder Company at Perry Point – 1918
    • Second Floor:  Health Care for Veterans at Perry Point – 1919 to Present

 Admission Fee:

Admission to the museum is free.

Directions:

Take I-95 to exit 93 for Route 222 east toward Perryville.  At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Route 222 and proceed for about two miles to the end of the road and turn right on Broad Street.  Take Broad Street to the entrance of the Perry Point VA Medical Center.  After passing the medical center’s entrance gate, bear left onto First Street.  Take First Street to the end and turn right onto Avenue D.  Follow Avenue D and turn right onto Sixth Street after passing the Central Credit Union of Maryland on your left.  Follow Sixth Street to the end and turn left onto Avenue A.  The museum will on your right shortly after turning onto Avenue A.

Please obey the posted traffic signs and speed limits throughout the Perry Point campus.

For directions and a map of the Perry Point VA Medical Center, click here(serves as hyperlink to Perry Point Visitor Guide on web page, which is being updated)

Parking:

There is a small parking area located past the museum on the left on Avenue A, and a handicapped accessible parking space is located directly across from the museum.

Please observe the “no parking” signs around the museum.

Handicap Accessibility:

The museum is handicap accessible, with a wheelchair ramp at the entrance to the museum and an elevator to all three floors located inside the Grist Mill.  

Volunteer Opportunities

The museum is staffed by trained and dedicated community volunteers.  To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the museum or throughout the Perry Point VA Medical Center, call Voluntary Service at 410-642-1038.

Perry Point Peninsula History Resources

Perry Point Veterans Museum at the Grist Mill Brochure 

The History of the Perry Point Peninsula Booklet

The History of the Perry Point Peninsula Video