Founded in 1989, the Central Maryland Heritage League is a 501(c)3 organization created to organize and operate an association for the charitable, educational, and civic purposes in the encouragement of preservation and interpretation, land management, conservation, and the preservation of natural habitat, no part of the net earnings of which are to inure to the benefit of any member.
The Central Maryland Heritage League has grown from a battlefield protection group. While the South Mountain State Battlefield is one of our prime initiatives, the organization has acquired Dahlgren Chapel, the private family chapel of Madeleine Vinton Dahlgren, built in 1881 and located atop South Mountain. We also are the stewards of Dr. Austin A. Lamar's Surgical Suite and Medical Museum, located in downtown historical Middletown, Maryland. We hold easements on several properties for preservation purposes. These efforts, coupled with our focus on the education of our cultural and natural heritage in the Middletown Valley and throughout Central Maryland, are the ongoing initiatives of our organization.