Maryland Thanksgivings

It’s hard to believe that it is once again time to give thanks for what we have in our lives. Read on to see how Marylanders celebrated Thanksgiving in years past:

Printed on Thanksgiving eve 1847 in The Baltimore Sun:

“To-morrow is the general Thanksgiving, and as some of the perquisites of the day, a good dinner, by all those if you can afford it, is indispensable.  … Go, all who can afford it, and buy a good thanksgiving dinner, and we will mention an especial delicacy, which we will recommend to all whose means will justify its purpose — don’t forget those who cannot afford the usual enjoyments of to-morrow. To feel that you have not neglected them, when you take your seat at the well-spread table, will be the richest sauce with which your thanksgiving turkey can be eat.”  


Newspaper correspondents reported happenings in each of their towns. In the Democratic Advocate (Carroll County), two correspondents in 1914 shared how Thanksgiving was observed in their community.

In Manchester:

“Family reunions, turkey and chicken dinners, and all the good things belonging to a real Thanksgiving dinner, were held in most of the homes in Manchester, on Thanksgiving day. In the afternoon, the shooting for a 15 pound turkey was the maea for our young men. The young ladies enjoyed the ideal weather, with walks and drives.”

And in nearby Melrose:

“Thanksgiving passed quietly. Everyone was thankful that they could work, as the majority of our people worked during the day.”


And in 1914, this is how Thanksgiving Day was observed in Elkton:

“This New England Sunday was observed in our town by service in most of the churches and good dinners after church. A show of suspending business was made and the stores semi-closed.”

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Sources: The Baltimore Sun, November 24, 1847; Cecil Whig, November 28, 1914, Democratic Advocate, December 4, 1914

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