Actively reviving the centuries old art of Nordic rya rug making, Byrdcall Studio, LLC offers quality traditional supplies from Norway, Finland, and vintage USA spun rya yarn. Melinda Purcell Byrd published RYA RUGS–Design and Make Your Own in 2020. The 298-page book teaches history, knotting techniques, color blending and designing. Rya rug making has been compared to “painting with a needle” where the blended wool strands create unlimited potential for color.
She lectures, demonstrates, and teaches classes suitable for beginners and advanced artists. Byrdcall Studio, LLC is located at her home in Woodbine, Maryland as is open by appointment. The Studio holds occasional “Rya Sewing Circles” and Open Studio Days for drop-in visitors.
In addition to being the go-to person in the USA for off-loom rya rug making, Melinda is accomplished as a printmaker and visual artist. Her studio is full of multifaceted art including hand-printed shirts, frameable woodcut and linocut originals, weavings, collage, and nature sketches.
This 140-acre museum features life on the farm in the late 1800s with period artifacts and antiques. The grounds include original farm structures, such as the Farmhouse and a bank barn, as well as a Smokehouse, Broom Shop, Saddlery, Springhouse, Living History Center, Wagon Shed, General Store exhibit, and a One-room Schoolhouse.Traditional arts classes are offered throughout the year, including folk art painting, basket making, blacksmithing, broom making, chair caning/seat weaving, quilting.
CCGS offers resources and experience for our members and community to conduct their research examining family history and provide a place where people can come together to share and aide others in research. CCGS offers programs, speakers and special projects which encourage community participation and sharing. Meets at the Westminster Branch Library.
The Carroll County History Project is an ongoing effort dedicated to preserving the history of the county and the memories of its residents. Includes documentaries about the county and individual towns and a permanent, web-accessible archive of personal memories from residents who grew up here.
HSCC is dedicated to the research of piedmont Maryland’s cultural heritage and the preservation and interpretation of objects significant to Carroll County history. Also host ìBox Lunch Talksî ñ lectures on a variety of county historical topics, at the American Legion in Westminster on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Housed in the 1807 Sherman-Fisher-Shellman House, which has been restored to reflect the daily activities of a family of Pennsylvanian Germans, a significant community in Carroll County in the early nineteenth century.
The museum presents displays, collections, and programs by individuals and groups that relate to the history of the Manchester area.
This nonprofit organization promotes model railroading and encourages the study of railroad history. The train car and caboose are located at the corner of Oklahoma Road and Baldwin Lane in downtown Sykesville.
The guided tour of eleven rooms of the Homestead provides a chance to see beautiful American-made furniture belonging to one family for six generations. The restored Grist Mill gives demonstrations of grinding grain into flour by water power and the stoneground flours are available for purchase in the gift shop.