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In order to accommodate needed renovations and repairs, the museum is not accepting tour requests at this time. For future announcements and programming information, please monitor this website and join our email list. We hope you enjoy these virtual tours, posted on the website. Thank you.

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Museum News

The Real African Diaspora

Venice Beach resident and African diaspora expert, Dr. Joseph Harris researched the full history of Africans and their movements and

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migration around the world.


He shares his knowledge and his life's story with museum docent Sheryl Washington.

Porch Stories

Two Sisters, One Rich History


The Holmes sisters, Johanne Holmes Greer and Linda Holmes Newton grew up at the Beach, spending every summer in Highland Beach and Venice Beach, Maryland.


They fondly recall summers and family times in their Porch Story. 


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, Maryland.

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.

Its rich history is recalled by long-time residents. To see these videotaped "Porch Stories" and 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 recently videotaped a series of interviews reflecting life at "the Beach." Taped on the porches of the museum or the residents' home, these recollections from long-time citizens offer a unique view of two very special communities, Highland Beach and Venice Beach. 

Porch Stories are an Anthony A. Smoot production.