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Laurel

Beginnings: Because it was situated midway between Aquebogue and Mattituck on the North Fork, Laurel was known for many years as Middle District. When Riverhead Town split from Southold in 1792, the new border ran through the little farming community, dividing it in half. Middle District later became Franklinville some time before residents formed their own Presbyterian church in 1831, and finally Franklinville became Laurel in 1890. The substitution may have been inspired by the area's abundance of laurel trees and bushes.
Beginnings: Because it was situated midway between Aquebogue and Mattituck on the North Fork, Laurel was known for many years as Middle District. When Riverhead Town split from Southold in 1792, the new border ran through the little farming community, dividing it in half. Middle District later became Franklinville some time before residents formed their own Presbyterian church in 1831, and finally Franklinville became Laurel in 1890. The substitution may have been inspired by the area's abundance of laurel trees and bushes. « Show less

Top Laurel Articles

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  • Laurel Police report forced-entry burglary [Crime log]

    Laurel Police report forced-entry burglary [Crime log]
    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report major crimes and property crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City of Laurel Baltimore Avenue, 14900 block, July...
  • Prince George's County casino gets the go-ahead to start construction

    Prince George's County casino gets the go-ahead to start construction
    The Prince George's County Council approved construction Monday of MGM Resorts' nearly $1 billion casino complex at National Harbor. In an 8-1 vote, the council cleared MGM to apply for construction permits for the 23-acre site overlooking the Potomac...
  • Datebook

    Sunday, July 20 River run Kayak the Patuxent at Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, 11 a.m. Meet at Patuxent Wetland Park and paddle to Chris Swarth Boardwalk at Glendening Preserve. After lunch, there's an optional hike before...
  • Laurel Police report armed robbery [Crime log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report major crimes and property crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City of Laurel Vista Drive, 14000 block, July 5....
  • Barbecues and bonfires help Laurel churches attract young adults

    Barbecues and bonfires help Laurel churches attract young adults
    New opportunities for young adults to hang out and have fun in good company are appearing in Laurel along with the fireflies and balmy nights of summer. Two faith-based groups are reaching out to 18- to 35-year-olds who may eventually find their way...
  • Laurel City Council seeks answers from Boys and Girls Club

    Laurel City Council seeks answers from Boys and Girls Club
    Laurel officials remain concerned about the state of the Laurel Boys and Girls Club following an intensive special work session Thursday with the club’s current president. The meeting, held at the Laurel Municipal Center, was called by the...
  • Once a Laurel landmark, sanitarium now forgotten

    Once a Laurel landmark, sanitarium now forgotten
    Much of the information on the Internet about the long-gone Laurel Sanitarium is riddled with errors and repeats old rumors and myths. The truth about this legendary Laurel landmark is quite a story. Sanitariums were common across the country from the...
  • Thunderstorms rip through Harford Tuesday, Wednesday

    Thunderstorms rip through Harford Tuesday, Wednesday
    Darlington resident Jackie Curry estimates she was "about four seconds from death" Tuesday evening when a tree fell on her property and nearly crushed her while she was on her riding mower. Bands of fast moving thunderstorms accompanied by high winds...
  • Laurel police warn of telephone jury duty scam

    Laurel police sent a warning to residents that scammers are calling around the region and accusing people of failing to show up for jury duty, then trying to extract a fee from the victims. Police said the callers tell their victims that judgments have...
  • A look inside the healing garden of Howard's 'Dr. Duke'

    A look inside the healing garden of Howard's 'Dr. Duke'
    With its four terraces of thriving plants sloping down toward a babbling lily pond, Jim Duke's garden could certainly be considered a healing place. And that's precisely what the world-renowned botanist and author's Green Farmacy Garden is....
  • Woman carjacked outside of Laurel Walmart, police say

    Woman carjacked outside of Laurel Walmart, police say
    Anne Arundel County police are investigating a report of carjacking near a Walmart in Laurel early Sunday morning. The victim, a 48-year-old woman from Baltimore, told police a man approached her and threatened her with a large kitchen knife about 1 a....
  • New route names, expanded service with RTA launch

    New route names, expanded service with RTA launch
    With Tuesday's launch of the Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland – an intercounty bus service linking Howard, Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties and the city of Laurel that has replaced Central Maryland Regional Transit as...