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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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  • Professionals add credibility to STEM at Laurel High family night

    Professionals add credibility to STEM at Laurel High family night
    When Kenneth Barrie and Rima Garg teach their science classes at Laurel High School, their students inevitably ask "why do we need to know this?" The co-chairs of the science department can enumerate all the careers in science, technology, engineering...
  • 2014 state bills for Laurel focus on recreation

    2014 state bills for Laurel focus on recreation
    The start of the 2014 General Assembly legislative session is fast approaching, and lawmakers are putting together their wish lists. Each year, delegations from across Maryland craft bills requesting funding, authorizations and other acts for local...
  • Laurel Police report forced-entry burglary on Plantation Court [Crime Log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. City of Laurel Plantation Court, 15600 block, Dec. 19. Forced-entry burglary. Fifth Street, 800 block, Dec. 17....
  • City to accept paper bags only for yard debris collections

    To support Prince George's County's efforts to go green, the Laurel Department of Public Works will only accept yard debris collections in paper, not plastic, bags, city officials announced today. Beginning Jan. 1, city residents must place yard...
  • Maryland City Elementary's Backpack Buddies program gets local support

    Two Laurel-area organizations have lent their support to a good cause at Maryland City Elementary School. On Sept. 4, the Laurel Moose Lodge donated $100 to the school's Backpack Buddies program. Two weeks later, the Laurel Rotary Club donated 15...
  • Franchot shops local for the holidays in Laurel

    Franchot shops local for the holidays in Laurel
    Laurel streets were lightly dusted with snow Monday, but the weather was just right for Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot to do some holiday shopping. Franchot stopped by an indoor Farmers Market set up at the Laurel Mill Playhouse Dec. 9 as part of...
  • Holiday happenings kick off the season in Laurel

    Holiday happenings kick off the season in Laurel
    Annual Holiday Group Show — Montpelier's resident artists' holiday exhibition, Dec. 6-29, open house, Dec. 8, 1-4 p.m., Resident Artists Gallery, Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road. Center open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 301-377-7800. Arts....
  • Thunder Brigade drum and bugle corps marches into Laurel

    Thunder Brigade drum and bugle corps marches into Laurel
    Brass and percussion musicians and color guard performers from local band programs descended Nov. 30 on the gym at the Laurel Boys and Girls Club to join a new drum and bugle corps. Thunder Brigade, a program of the nonprofit Mighty Sounds Production,...
  • Monica Otal directs Central Maryland Chorale's Winter Concert

    Enjoy a Winter Concert presented by the Laurel-based Central Maryland Chorale, Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m., at the Lutheran Church of Saint Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., in Silver Spring. Directed by Monica Otal, the concert features Schubert's...
  • Memories of sister lost in 1963 Birmingham church bombing fill Laurel home

    Memories of sister lost in 1963 Birmingham church bombing fill Laurel home
    On Sunday, Sept. 15, 1963, members of the Ku Klux Klan planted a bomb in the basement of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., killing four young black girls. One of those girls was Diane Braddock's 14-year-old sister, Carole Robertson. It...
  • Laurel Leader archives find a new home at Laurel Museum

    Laurel Leader archives find a new home at Laurel Museum
    As the closing date of the current Laurel Library building approaches, library officials have been busy figuring out where all the building's resources will go. Some will make the move to the new library building. Others are being sold to raise money...
  • Laurel Police report robbery with firearm [Crime Log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City of Laurel Laurel Lakes Court, 7900 block,...