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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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  • Few voters or surprises in primary election

    Few voters or surprises in primary election
    Turnout was low for Tuesday's primary election at polling places in Laurel, as expected. With so few contested races, and what experts say is the usual apathy found in a nonpresidential election cycle, the turnout wasn't a surprise. Among incumbents...
  • Laurel Police report two armed robberies [Crime log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Anne Arundel County police report major crimes. Prince George's County police report major crimes and property crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City...
  • 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...
  • Fitchitt, Nicklas named to lead Downtown Columbia Partnership

    Fitchitt, Nicklas named to lead Downtown Columbia Partnership
    The Downtown Columbia Partnership has named Gregory A. Fitchitt as president and chair of the board and appointed Barbara A. Nicklas executive director. Established in 2013, the Downtown Columbia Partnership is an independent nonprofit dedicated to...
  • 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....
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Mizeur a breath of fresh air [Letter]

    Mizeur a breath of fresh air [Letter]
    I am sure I speak for most Marylanders when I say that Attorney General Doug Gansler and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown have let us down with their bickering and mudslinging and dirty political tactics throughout this gubernatorial campaign. I can't go a day...
  • Low voter turnout predicted in upcoming primaries

    State and local candidates are barreling toward the primary elections in less than two weeks, but not everyone is aware – or cares – that there's an opportunity to vote on the horizon. Pollsters and local election officials are predicting low...
  • Liker family picks a strawberry success at Gorman Farm

    Liker family picks a strawberry success at Gorman Farm
    On the first day of pick-your-own season at Gorman Farm, parking was at a premium. The lot quickly filled, forcing customers to park along the 1,000-foot gravel driveway and spill out onto the shoulders of Gorman Road, just a mile or so from...