2013

22 December 2013 – “The Night After Christmas”

2021-08-11T12:57:54-04:00December 22nd, 2013|2013, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 22 December 2013 “The Night After Christmas” By Mary Ann Ashcraft The following poem, entitled “The Night After Christmas,” was published in the Democratic Advocate on Dec. 24, 1898. The author was listed as “Anonymous.” ‘Twas the night after Christmas – when all through the house Every soul was abed, and as still as [...]

8 December 2013 – Family History Comes to Life

2021-08-11T12:58:07-04:00December 8th, 2013|2013, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 8 December 2013 Family History Comes to Life By Mary Ann Ashcraft You are probably reading this column because you enjoy history, especially local history.  Maybe you’re a Carroll County native…maybe not.  I didn’t set foot here until 1969, and doubt whether any of my ancestors did either, but sometimes you say to yourself, [...]

24 November 2013 – Six Sisters Established, Ran School for Girls

2021-08-11T12:58:23-04:00November 24th, 2013|2013, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 24 November 2013 Six Sisters Established, Ran School for Girls By Mary Ann Ashcraft In 1837, the year Carroll County was founded, the six Birnie sisters established Thorndale Seminary for Young Ladies in their home on the eastern edge of Taneytown.  The Misses Birnie were daughters of a successful Irish merchant who brought his [...]

10 November 2013 – Newspapers Hooked Readers with Different Tactics in 1800s

2021-08-11T12:58:44-04:00November 10th, 2013|2013, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 10 November 2013 Newspapers Hooked Readers with Different Tactics in 1800s By Mary Ann Ashcraft If you’ve never looked at one of Carroll County’s newspapers from the 1800s, you might be surprised at what you will find. Contrary to today, there were no sensational headlines screaming “Read me!” on the front page of what [...]

27 October 2013 – Jail Imprisoned Abolitionist in 1859

2021-08-11T12:58:57-04:00October 27th, 2013|2013, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 27 October 2013 Jail Imprisoned Abolitionist in 1859 By Mary Ann Ashcraft Several articles from local newspapers in 1859 and 1860 hint at a story involving escaping slaves and the Underground Railroad, but only recently have fascinating details emerged thanks to Jenny Masur of the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom program. On November [...]

13 October 2013 – Detour Boasts Colorful History

2021-08-11T12:59:10-04:00October 13th, 2013|2013, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 13 October 2013 Detour Boasts Colorful History By Mary Ann Ashcraft Most of us heading to Frederick County or points west travel along Routes 26, 140 or Interstate 70, but few take Rte. 77 through Uniontown, Middleburg, Keymar, and Detour. That’s a bit sad because tiny Detour has an interesting history even if not [...]

22 September 2013 – Craftsman Known for Clocks

2021-08-11T12:59:24-04:00September 22nd, 2013|2013, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 22 September 2013 Craftsman Known for Clocks By Mary Ann Ashcraft Eli Bentley, a resident of Taneytown during the late 1700s and early 1800s, is probably Carroll County’s best-known craftsman – a maker of clocks which are highly prized possessions of those lucky enough to own them. The Historical Society is proud to have [...]

8 September 2013 – Along the Way to Somewhere Else

2021-08-11T12:59:34-04:00September 8th, 2013|2013, Yesteryears|

Carroll Yesteryears 8 September 2013 Along the Way to Somewhere Else By Mary Ann Ashcraft In “Towns and Villages of Carroll County,” Dean Minnich described Hampstead as a place which was “there mostly because it was on the way to somewhere else.”  The “somewhere else” was usually Hanover or Carlisle, PA, or Baltimore.  Since travelers in [...]

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