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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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  • 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...
  • Share your blessings with those in need

    Share your blessings with those in need
    Many people find the holiday season to be a time to share their blessings with the less fortunate. Local organizations and advocacy groups such as those below would put your gift to good use. • Oaklands Presbyterian Church has a food pantry on-site...
  • Laurel Police report three burglaries [Crime Log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. City of Laurel Woodland Court, 100 block, Nov. 15. Unforced-entry burglary. Player Drive, 9300 block, Nov. 14. Motor...
  • Alcuin H. 'Al' Krebs, teacher

    Alcuin H. 'Al' Krebs, teacher
    Alcuin H. "Al" Krebs, a retired Baltimore public schools reading resource teacher and World War II combat Marine, died Monday of Alzheimer's disease at Brightwood assisted living in Catonsville. He was 86. The son of a lithographer and a homemaker,...
  • Pete Melbourne was former mayor, Main Street entrepreneur

    Former Laurel Mayor Percival Granville "Pete" Melbourne III could play all the angles. As a 15-year-old student at Laurel High School in the 1940s, Melbourne, who didn't have a driver's license, purchased a pickup truck. While others may have used it...
  • Laurel Lakes dredging to begin next summer, officials say

    Laurel Lakes dredging to begin next summer, officials say
    Plans are in motion to begin dredging the upper of the two Laurel Lakes by next summer, Prince George's County officials told community members at a meeting Thursday evening. According to the presentation, attended by about 10 community members and...
  • Visionaries broke new ground with Laurel Shopping Center

    Visionaries broke new ground with Laurel Shopping Center
    Laurel Shopping Center was a pioneer in local retail, and the men behind its development were visionaries who turned a then-radical idea into a successful enterprise that helped change the face of retail in the Baltimore/Washington area. Brothers Melvin...
  • Laurel Police report motorcycle stolen on Contee Road [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 Montrose Avenue, 300 block, Nov. 3....
  • Chick-fil-A restaurants offer holiday cookie decorating

    Laurel Chick-fil-A restaurants are hosting a first annual gingerbread cookie decorating event. Time slots are 9-9:45 a.m. or 10-10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, at Corridor Marketplace Chick-fil-A, 3366 Corridor Market Place. Time slots are 2-2:45 p.m....
  • Laurel Regional Hospital to expand focus on women's health

    Laurel Regional Hospital to expand focus on women's health
    Laurel Regional Hospital officials are in the development stage of a major project that focuses on tackling women's health issues in a big way. According to hospital officials, they hope to soon open a one-stop facility, separate from the main building,...
  • Laurel Police report nine thefts in six days [Crime log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. City of Laurel Split Rail Lane, 7200 block, Oct. 26. Theft. Fifth Street, 800 block, Oct. 25. Forced-entry burglary....
  • County, city to offer information on Laurel Lakes dredging

    County, city to offer information on Laurel Lakes dredging
    The Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources and staff from the city of Laurel will hold a public meeting to share information on the Laurel Lakes dredging project, Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Laurel Police Department's...