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A very special tour at the FDMCC took place in October.

A relative of Frederick Douglass and an artist from the Eastern Shore share why they wanted to visit Highland Beach.

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Ben Secundy has spent every summer in Highland Beach.

Mr. Secundy was recently interviewed by the Four Rivers Heritage Area about the town's history and the Douglass home.


We are committed to promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of the life and work of Frederick Douglass and his family. In addition, the museum seeks to identify, document, and preserve the social and cultural histories of Highland Beach and Venice Beach. Through dedicated all-volunteer teams of the board of directors and museum docents, we strive to make these resources available for information and research. Click here to Contact Us.


This summer community on the bay was founded in 1893 by Charles Remond Douglass, the youngest son of Frederick Douglass. To learn more about the founding of Highland Beach and Venice Beach, Click Here.


The collection includes items from Frederick Douglass' estate, the Douglass family who enjoyed summers on the bay, and from families in Highland Beach and Venice Beach. See the Collection.



The FDMCC is currently videotaping a series of stories of life at "the Beach."  Taped on the porches of the museum or the resident's home, these recollections from long-time citizens offer a unique view of two very special communities, Highland Beach and Venice Beach.    Once edited, the videos will be shared on the website.

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At this time the museum is closed for public tours due to COVID-19.  

“We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.” 

-Frederick Douglass