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HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF CARROLL COUNTY 210 East Main Street Westminster, MD 21157 Free Parking Behind the Buildings The Historical Society of Carroll County’s buildings and grounds are smoke free. HSCC Offices: 410-848-6494, ext. 200 Library & Research: 410-848-6494, ext. 204

28 February 2021 – Blizzard of 1899 Brought Brutal Weather

2021-08-14T16:12:35-04:00February 28th, 2021|2021, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 28 February 2021 Blizzard of 1899 Brought Brutal Weather By David Buie February is a month of many celebrations including the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, Valentine’s Day, and Black History. Perhaps we have so many celebrations in order to forget the brutal weather that often accompanies the month. One of the [...]

14 February 2021 – Uncovering a Soldier’s Legacy

2021-08-14T16:10:24-04:00February 14th, 2021|2021, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 14 February 2021 Uncovering a Soldier’s Legacy By Mary Ann Ashcraft One of the intriguing stories uncovered in a search for Carroll County’s Black Civil War soldiers is that of Taneytown’s John L. Coats. While important parts of the story may always remain a mystery, quite a bit has been discovered. When the 1850 [...]

24 January 2021 – Preserving History in a Pandemic

2021-08-14T16:06:44-04:00January 24th, 2021|2021, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 24 January 2021 Preserving History in a Pandemic By David Buie For the second year in a row, I find myself wishing Carroll County a belated Happy Birthday. On January 19, 2021, Carroll County celebrated its 184th birthday! By now, everyone knows that Carroll County was formed January 19, 1837, by Maryland General Assembly [...]

10 January 2021 – Preserving History in a Pandemic

2021-08-14T16:02:52-04:00January 10th, 2021|2021, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 10 January 2021 Preserving History in a Pandemic By Mary Ann Ashcraft The Historical Society of Carroll County has preserved and shared county history since its founding in 1939. The year 2020 was no exception, but there were significant accommodations necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before the pandemic began, the Society’s Marketing Committee [...]

27 December 2020 – A Glimpse at the Early Life of William Henry Rinehart

2021-08-11T13:45:20-04:00December 27th, 2020|2020, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 27 December 2020 A Glimpse at the Early Life of William Henry Rinehart By Mary Ann Ashcraft The following “Reminiscence,” written by James L. Switzer and published May 20, 1910, in the Union Bridge Pilot, offers readers a fascinating glimpse at the early life of William Henry Rinehart, Carroll County’s most famous son. Too [...]

13 December 2020 – A ‘bright and happy’ Almshouse

2021-08-11T13:33:14-04:00December 13th, 2020|2020, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 13 December 2020 A ‘bright and happy’ Almshouse By Beverly Humbert It’s that time of year again. The Carroll County Farm Museum is open for self-guided outdoor tours and children can visit a socially distanced Santa. Sadly, the Almshouse on the grounds will not be open for our annual, themed Christmas tours. As a [...]

22 November 2020 – Looking Back at Crucial Presidential Elections of 1860 and 1864

2021-08-11T13:22:22-04:00November 22nd, 2020|2020, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 22 November 2020 Looking Back at Crucial Presidential Elections of 1860 and 1864 By David Buie In what could be the most controversial election in our country's history, it seems appropriate to look at another election or two which took place nearly 160 years ago—the crucial presidential elections of 1860 and 1864. Those were [...]

8 November 2020 – Enjoying Oysters Has a Long History in Carroll

2021-08-11T13:22:37-04:00November 8th, 2020|2020, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 8 November 2020 Enjoying Oysters Has a Long History in Carroll By Mary Ann Ashcraft Oyster lovers in Maryland rejoiced when “R” months like November rolled around, even in the mid-19th century in locations miles far from the Chesapeake Bay like Carroll County. Who would have guessed that oysters and ice cream were equally [...]

25 October 2020 – ‘An Easy Crowd to Rob’

2021-08-11T13:22:50-04:00October 25th, 2020|2020, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 25 October 2020 ‘An Easy Crowd to Rob’ By Mary Ann Ashcraft We began Nathan Haines Baile’s account of the 1869 robbery of the New Windsor Bank in “Carroll’s Yesteryears” on October 11, 2020. This article picks up the story after the thieves abandoned a railroad handcar used to escape from New Windsor and [...]

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