Rackliffe House will re-open for the 2023 Season on May 18th in honor of International Museum Day

Rackliffe House

Upcoming Events


Archaeology Dig October 2022

The Rackliffe House Trust will be conducting an archaeology dig on the weekends of October 8th and 15th.  The event is free, and the public is invited to attend.  Archaeologists will search for long-lost building remains detected during a ground penetrating radar and magnetometry survey in 2018. Rackliffe House is an archaeological site that is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, and the building remains, and artifacts recorded on these weekends will enhance the understanding of how people lived and worked at Rackliffe House and the lower eastern shore of Maryland during the 18th and 19th centuries.


Attendees will watch and learn about the archaeology process and help screen soils for artifacts. Please come prepared for outdoor work, wear sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves, bug spray, sunscreen, and water. There will be 2 public sessions each weekend day, a morning session (9-12), and an afternoon session (1-4). Space is limited to 16 people per session.

To reserve your space please visit rackliffehouse.ticketleap.com/rackliffe-house-archaeology-2022/  For further information please contact us at or 410-629-1011 or [email protected].

Come help uncover a part of Worcester County’s seaside history!

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Paint Night with Assateague State Park

Join Assateague State Park at Rackliffe House on Thursday, July 28th from 6:00-8:00 pm to tour historic Rackliffe House (6:00-6:30) and create your own Assateague original (6:30-8:00)!
Best suited for ages teen and older.
The event will be held outside; sunscreen and bug spray are recommended.
Pre-registration is required as spots are limited.
$25 per person, all supplies are included.
Sign-up at the Nature Center or by calling 443-397-0078!
Proceeds support Assateague State Park’s “Break the Habit” initiative which helps educate park patrons on how to safely coexist with the horses on the island and to help the horses return to their normal grazing by preventing easy access to human foods. The donations from Paint Night go directly towards funding the tables for 342 campsites within the park. These tables are modeled off of the tables in Assateague National Seashore and have been proven to work over the past few years.
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Opening Day 2022 Season

Join us on May 24th from 11 a.m.- 3p.m. for the official first day of the 2022 season. Rackliffe House is open for tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. through Oct 27. Beginning June 5th Rackliffe will open on Sundays from 1 p.m. -4 p.m. Appointments are not required.

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International Museum Day 2022

Join Rackliffe House as we kick off the 2022 season with FREE admission for International Museum Day. Tours available from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The last tour begins at 2:15.

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Moondance at Rackliffe

Please join us for an evening of live music, dancing, sips & bites on the grounds of Rackliffe House on Saturday, October 16, 2021, from 7-10 pm.


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Geophysical Archaeological Survey

Please join us on October 5th at 11:00 a.m. for a lecture with Rackliffe House Board Member and Archaeologist Aaron Levinthal. He will be discussing the Geophysical Archaeological Survey completed in 2018.

The lecture will take place at Rackliffe House and will be followed by light refreshments. The lecture is free. Space is limited to 30 people. Rackliffe House will not be open for tours on this day.

This Project has been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (an instrumentality of the State of Maryland), Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Area Council, and donations from our generous supporters.

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Exhibition Preview: The Enslaved at Rackliffe House

You are cordially invited to a preview of the exhibition The Enslaved at Rackliffe House and Worcester County, Maryland: A Local Story.

The afternoon will include guest speakers, a tour of the Rackliffe House, hymns by the Rev. Charles A. Tindley and light refreshments.

This new exhibition covers the time from the colonial period until c. 1870. Public and private records, as well as archaeological evidence, show the vital role that African Americans played. They were the economic engine that helped to create and sustain the wealth of 18th century estates like this one. Many of the names encountered in this exhibition remain in the area today.

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Colonial Fair 2019

Colonial Fair – Join us on the lawn for a fun-filled day of demonstrations, food, crafts, vendors, colonial games from 11am-4pm

Traditional Pig Roast, Seasonal Items, Crafts, Apples & Apple Cider, Homemade Hand Pies, Fresh Eggs and Chickens, Antique Furnishings, Colonial Games to play and purchase.

Demonstrations and Presentations Include: Blacksmith, Basket Weaving, Beekeeping, Traditional Cooking, Cooking, Colonial Tools, Wool Spinning and Dyeing, Drop Spindle, Butter Making, Candle making, Milking Cows from Worcester County 4H and more…. FREE Admission

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