Today we live in an age of instant communications. We’re used to watching historic events as they’re happening. But it wasn’t always this way.
The first newspaper in Carroll County didn’t go to press until September 1813. Charles Sower established the Engine of Liberty and Uniontown Advertiser at a time when consideration was being given to forming a new county out of sections of Baltimore and Frederick counties. Uniontown was a possible choice for the county seat, should a new county be formed, and Sower viewed this as a good business opportunity.
Since then there have been over 50 newspapers published in Carroll County. Some lasted only a year or two, like the Westminster Observer (1817-1818) and New Windsor’s True American (1854-1855). Others lasted decades, like Taneytown’s Carroll Record (1894-1977) and Union Bridge’s Pilot (1899-1972).
The County’s newspapers were printed once a week, most appearing on Friday, so the information could be out of date by the time it reached readers. The Times, which began publication in 1911, went to two issues a week in 1969. In 1977, it began producing papers on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and went to Monday through Friday in 1980. A Saturday edition was added in 1984. It wasn’t until 1987 that Carroll County got a daily newspaper when a Sunday edition was added.
Several of the Carroll County newspapers’ archives are available on-line: the Democratic Advocate (; the American Sentinel (…/diginumber.aspx…); the Carroll Record (, and the Times ( HSCC has a number of other papers available on microfilm in our Research Library.