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Christmas Cards

2020-12-23T15:01:38-05:00December 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Well into the 19th century, the tradition was to write lengthy holiday letters and deliver them to friends. Since there were no copiers or home printers, each letter had to be handwritten – a very time-consuming task. In 1843, Sir Henry Cole, an English government official, commissioned John Calcott Horsley to design and print the first-ever [...]

“Christmas Eve 1886” Poem

2020-12-18T09:17:35-05:00December 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|

  The Historical Society of Carroll County (HSCC) has produced a video that salutes a poem written more than 130 years ago.  The author, Louis Edwin Shriver of Union Mills, dedicated the verses to his nieces Winnie and Catherine Shriver.  Louis dwelled in what we know today as the Union Mills Homestead and his [...]

Summer of 1864 – Civil War in Carroll County

2021-07-22T13:25:55-04:00July 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|

In the summer of 1864, the Civil War came once again to the streets of Carroll County. Confederate General Jubal Early marched into Maryland with the objective of capturing the Union capital at Washington. As part of Early’s campaign, 1,500 Confederate cavalry, under the command of two Marylanders - General Bradley T. Johnson and Major Harry [...]

Westminster Cemetery

2020-05-15T13:44:24-04:00May 16th, 2020|Treasures of Carroll County, Uncategorized|

Although the Historical Society had to cancel its tour of Westminster Cemetery scheduled for May 16, the historic burying ground remains open to the public and an interesting place to visit. Established about 1790 at the north end of Church Street, it contains the remains of approximately 7,000 people from all walks of life buried beneath [...]

4 July 1999 – A Memorable Celebration

2021-10-29T16:58:33-04:00July 4th, 1999|Uncategorized|

"A Memorable Celebration" Carroll County Times article for 4 July 1999 By Jay A. Graybeal The anniversary of our nation's founding was the leading holiday in the early years of the republic. Businesses were closed and whole communities would turn out for a joyous and festive day-long celebration which often included a parade, band music, reading [...]

13 September 1998 – Ray ‘Deerfoot’ Spencer”

2021-10-29T16:10:20-04:00September 13th, 1997|Uncategorized|

Ray ‘Deerfoot’ Spencer" Carroll County Times article for 13 September 1998 By Jay A. Graybeal When the Dayton, Ohio Vets baseball team boarded the train at Peoria, Illinois, bound for Ft. Wayne, Indiana, on August 23, 1917, no one knew that tragedy lay ahead.  A fast freight collided with the passenger train at Mansfield, Illinois and nine [...]

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