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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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  • Regional bus services shaken up as Howard launches new transit agency

    Regional bus services shaken up as Howard launches new transit agency
    Convinced it can spend less money yet provide better bus service, Howard County plans to cut out the organization that provides transportation to thousands of Central Marylanders each day and replace it with a new transit agency. Howard County...
  • 'Commissioners' Meeting Held Up by Storm' [History Matters]

    March 1965 Howard gets hip "Folk Center for Howard youth: The organization of a 'folk center' in Howard County for young adults in their late teens will be the subject of a meeting this Saturday at 1:30 P.M. at Bethany Methodist Church on Bethany...
  • Meet Walt Townshend, the man behind the Chamber

    Walt Townshend has never been a butcher, a baker or a bail bondsman. But if you know him, you know that he's aligned, almost intuitively, with people in virtually every profession. The president and CEO of the Laurel-based Baltimore Washington Corridor...
  • Laurel Police report strong-arm robbery [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, 1100 block, March...
  • Gracie Scheaffer a poster girl for making posters [North Laurel/Savage]

    Congratulations to Gracie Scheaffer. Gracie created a poster in her religion class for world peace. She was recognized about this time a year ago, but apparently, she won again and was recognized by the Lions Club and the City of Laurel for her poster...
  • Traffic: Police investigation of Joppa accident closes Route 7

    Traffic: Police investigation of Joppa accident closes Route 7
    An overnight single-vehicle accident in Joppa, which left three people hospitalized, has shut down a portion of Route 7 (Philadelphia Road). As of 7:15 a.m., the road is closed between Bulls Lane and Joppa Farm Road as Maryland State Police continue...
  • Laurel Library should drop Confederate Civil War veteran Charles Stanley from name [Letter]

    As a Laurel resident, I read with great interest the Feb. 20 article in the Laurel Leader and the letter to the editor from Lindsey Baker Feb. 27, regarding the Laurel Library branch retaining the Charles Stanley name after a new building is completed....
  • Laurel's forgotten role in the Bonus Army [History Matters]

    Laurel's forgotten role in the Bonus Army [History Matters]
    After six years of lobbying by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Congress passed legislation in 1924 that provided for a bonus, based on length and place of service, to World War I veterans. Recipients who were due $50 or less were paid...
  • Stanley's service warrants having Laurel's library named for him [Letter]

    Stanley's service warrants having Laurel's library named for him [Letter]
    I find it unfortunate that the Prince George's County Library Board believes it needs to remove Charles Stanley's name from Laurel's newly expanded and renovated library when it reopens. Citing Stanley's Confederate military experience — he served...
  • Keeping Stanley name on library could stir up 'hornet's nest' of anger [Letter]

    Keeping Stanley name on library could stir up 'hornet's nest' of anger [Letter]
    The recent revelation of Charles H. Stanley's years of service (1862-65) in the Confederate Army — and his presumed support of the institution of slavery — cannot be overlooked in the selection of a name for the new Laurel library. The fact...
  • Preserving library name reflects Laurel's history [Letter]

    Preserving library name reflects Laurel's history [Letter]
    I do not believe keeping the Stanley name on the new library is a problem, unless I'm missing something. The deed that accompanied the land transfer did stipulate that it be named for the Stanley family but it did not indicate that it should be Charles'...
  • Laurel Police charge two in kidnapping, home invasion

    Laurel Police charge two in kidnapping, home invasion
    What began as a traffic stop by Laurel police early Tuesday resulted in the arrest of two men in connection with a home invasion and kidnapping. Donte Powell, 27, of Washington, and Douglas Mention, 26, of South Carolina, are charged with armed robbery,...