Laurel, then and now: Laurel Museum

THEN: Built in the 1840s as housing for workers at nearby Laurel Cotton Mill, this brick structure was informally known for years as "the oldest house in Laurel." With funding supplied by the state, the city began restoration of the house In 1989, and in 1991 entered into an agreement that would allow the Laurel Historical Society to use the house for the Laurel Museum.

NOW: The Laurel Museum opened in May 1996, and its first exhibit, "From Mill House to Museum," told the story of the building. Since then, the Laurel Museum has welcomed more than 200,000 visitors and offered a dozen different exhibits. Its John Calder Brennan Library has a collection of photos, books, records and artifacts that tell Laurel's history and are available for researchers.