Ongoing In-Person Exhibits  (For Online Exhibits click here)


Stonestreet Museum of 19th Century Medicine

Have you ever wondered what it would’ve been like…

… to receive medical care during the Civil War?

…to be operated on before the germ theory was discovered?

…to know the nearest doctor was four hours away by horse and buggy?

Such was life in Montgomery County 150 years ago. Join Dr. Stonestreet, Rockville’s 19th century country doctor, as he share these tales and much more.

SPOILER ALERT: Much of what you think you know about how medicine was practiced back in the day is flat-out wrong! You may find that, in many ways, medicine hasn’t changed as much as you think!


The Stonestreet Museum of 19th Century Medicine is open by appointment!  If you’d like to meet Dr. Stonestreet and visit the museum, you can schedule your appointment by contacting


Originally opened June 12, 2015; Reinterpretation opened October 26, 2019
Curated by Elizabeth Lay and Clarence Hickey

Pop-Up Exhibit

Tap Into History: A Century of Typewriters



This hands-on exhibit encourages visitors to type out personal messages on our 19th and 20th century typewriters. The sound of the clacking keys and carriage return provides a nostalgic reminder for adults who remember painstakingly hunting and pecking out school assignments and correspondence. And the unfamiliar machine is an intriguing object for our digitally-adept children who search the keyboard in vain for the “print” key!

To bring one of Montgomery History’s pop-up exhibits to your next event, contact Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator Matthew Gagle.


Opened May 16, 2015
Curated by Elizabeth Lay