Welcome to the Allen Historical Society

Welcome to the Allen Historical Society

Welcome to the Allen Historical SocietyWelcome to the Allen Historical SocietyWelcome to the Allen Historical Society

Huffington-Pollitt House

  • at 3430 Allen Road
  • scheduled to open as our public museum and Headquarters in the Fall of 2020.  


  • 1883: was constructed for Eliza Huffington
  • February 1956:  purchased by Jesse Pollitt
  • February 1981:  purchased by Ruth Keeler
  • Summer of 2007: significantly damaged by fire
  • January 2009: purchased by the Society


Passerdyke Cottage

  • at 3474 Allen Road, at the corner of Residential Drive


  •  c. 1830: was constructed by Benjamin F. Messick
  • 1887: purchased by Martha Mills
  • 1902: purchased by Elihu Phippin
  • 1956: purchased by Richard S. Bounds
  • February 1993:  purchased by Judith A. Peterson
  • June 1999: purchased by the Society

About Us

How We're Helping


The Society was formed in 1995 and was incorporated in 1996.

The Purposes of the Society:

  • To preserve and enhance the history and culture of the village of Allen and its environs. 
  • To provide educational opportunities for residents and non-residents regarding life in the village of Allen across the centuries.

We seek to accomplish these purposes:

  • By maintaining an archive for documents pertaining to local families and institutions, including genealogical records, family histories, letters, diaries, church records, etc..
  • By publishing a newsletter, The Allen Historian, at least two times per year and distributing it not only to the membership, but also to all libraries and organizations with a historical or genealogical focus in the three lower counties of the Eastern Shore, which once made up Old Somerset County.
  • By supporting publication of books of local, historical and cultural interest.
  • By sponsoring lectures, workshops and other public events of an educational nature.
  • By placing historical markers at significant sites within the village and the surrounding area.
  • By maintaining an exhibit space with examples of local material culture, as well as photographs and documents in the Society's current headquarters, "Passerdyke Cottage". Plan to relocate the exhibit space to the HP House in the Fall of 2020.
  • By maintaining a web page

Board of Directors:

  • John Culp, President
  • Ron Walsh VP
  • Sharon Walsh, Secretary
  • Joe Ballou, Treasurer
  • George Shivers, Historian and Founder
  • Melissa Bright, Director
  • Althea Chandler, Director
  • Aggie Culp, Director
  • Pete Culp, Director
  • Doris Fretz, Director
  • Susan Knowles, Director

Get Involved

Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team!

Thank You

Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. 

Allen Historical Society Board Members

Allen Historical Society Board Members