Studying the history of Westminster during the celebration this year of our community's 250th (sestercentennial) provides a great opportunity for insight into Carroll County's personality.
In 1731, Dr. Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the county's namesake, lobbied Gov. Samuel Ogle that tax relief, road-building and agricultural business stimulation would encourage the settling of the area now known as Carroll and Frederick counties.
Even now, 250 years later, low taxes, an emphasis on good roads and maintaining and preserving the business of agriculture remain important in Carroll County.
Much of Carroll County was perceived to be...