Electricity in Rockville

Did you know that for about a decade in the early 20th century Rockville (Montgomery County) was without widespread electricity? According to a 1909 article in The Baltimore Sun, much of the town was without electricity because of a fire years earlier: “Electricity for lighting the residences, churches, business places, etc. of Rockville is now... Continue Reading →

From the New Windsor Museum (Carroll County): “Sun Dial from Garden of Dielman Inn "Dated 1909, this sun dial was a fixture behind the Dielman Inn until 2010. Attributed to Sir Charles Leonard Woolley (1880-1960), famous British archaeologist and discoverer of Ur, the ancient city of Abraham, now in today’s Iraq. Woolley is said to... Continue Reading →

In Honor of Mother

On Mother's Day, we honor our mothers for all they have done for us. But this is nothing new. More than 100 years ago, an article in a Cumberland newspaper shared poignant thoughts about mothers, reminding readers to remember their mothers, living or deceased: “To recall the memories of the mothers that are gone and... Continue Reading →

Murder or Unfortunate Accident?

What was supposed to be a lighthearted farce on the stage turned into a real-life tragedy in the Eastern Shore town of Marydel in January 1909. The play “Chaps” was being presented on New Year’s night to benefit the Methodist Episcopal Church, and Charles Pippin’s character was to drink sherry. He did — and it... Continue Reading →

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