2012

23 December 2012 – Christmastime Reflections on an Altruistic Life

2021-08-11T12:49:12-04:00December 23rd, 2012|2012, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 23 December 2012 Christmastime Reflections on an Altruistic Life by Mary Ann Ashcraft Mary Bostwick Shellman’s long life (1849-1938) was spent giving to others in numerous ways.  Today, with Christmas only 48 hours away, we have an opportunity to mention a few of them. One of the first demonstrations of her altruism came during [...]

9 December 2012 – Story Tells of Search for Boy

2021-08-11T12:49:23-04:00December 9th, 2012|2012, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 9 December 2012 Story Tells of Search for Boy by Mary Ann Ashcraft One of the perks of volunteering at the Historical Society’s research library is access to microfilm of local newspapers.  The ads are amusing; the marriages and deaths are handy for genealogists; but occasionally a true story, like this one from the [...]

11 November 2012 – 30 Hours Without Power a Great Reminder

2021-08-11T12:49:46-04:00November 11th, 2012|2012, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 11 November 2012 30 Hours Without Power a Great Reminder by Mary Ann Ashcraft After thirty hours without electricity thanks to Superstorm Sandy, I decided that writing about life in the eighteenth or nineteenth century for “Carroll’s Yesteryears” was much nicer than living it!  And I was lucky because I had a working fireplace, [...]

28 October 2012 – Story of County Copper Mines

2021-08-11T12:50:40-04:00October 28th, 2012|2012, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 28 October 2012 Story of County Copper Mines by Mary Ann Ashcraft Genealogy, geology and history are passions of mine.  They don’t mesh very often, but this true story combines all three. In the mid-1800s, miners from the copper and tin-rich Cornwall region of southwestern England emigrated to mining areas all over the world, [...]

14 October 2012 – Carroll County’s “almshouse” Has Rich History

2021-08-11T12:51:55-04:00October 14th, 2012|2012, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 14 October 2012 Carroll County’s “almshouse” Has Rich History by Mary Ann Ashcraft When Maryland’s legislature approved the formation of Carroll County in 1837, it required the citizens to build a courthouse, jail, register’s office, clerk’s office and a poorhouse.  The first two buildings were finished quickly, but the “Poorhouse,” also called the “Almshouse” [...]

23 September 2012 – Residents Help Preserve County’s Past

2021-08-11T12:52:07-04:00September 23rd, 2012|2012, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 23 September 2012 Residents Help Preserve County’s Past by Mary Ann Ashcraft For seven years in the 1990s, Carroll County was lucky to have architectural historian Ken Short working as its “historic planner.”  His job, funded by the Maryland Historic Trust, involved recording the County’s old houses, barns, and other structures – the kinds [...]

9 September 2012 – Maps Show County’s Progress in Road Paving

2021-08-11T12:53:30-04:00September 9th, 2012|2012, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 9 September 2012 Maps Show County’s Progress in Road Paving by Mary Ann Ashcraft “You’ve come a long way, baby.”  This slogan from a 1960s cigarette advertisement can be applied in so many ways, and certainly to the development of roads in Carroll County. From the sprinkling of dirt tracks crossing the county and [...]

26 August 2012 – Branton Manor is a Hidden, Historic Gem

2021-08-11T12:54:37-04:00August 26th, 2012|2012, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 26 August 2012 Branton Manor is a Hidden, Historic Gem by Mary Ann Ashcraft Driving east along Liberty Road in Eldersburg, passing one strip mall or shopping center after another, you hardly expect to find an eighteenth-century home hidden just off the highway.  But there stands Branton Manor, a stone’s throw across from the [...]

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