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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 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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • At World Cup, Laurel's Kammarman has global view

    At World Cup, Laurel's Kammarman has global view
    After graduating from the University of Delaware, Michael Kammarman and his twin brother, David, spent part of the next two years backpacking around the world. The brothers, who played soccer at Laurel High and graduated in the Class of 1989, spent...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Board approves budget with funds for Monarch school, employee pay hikes

    Board approves budget with funds for Monarch school, employee pay hikes
    The Anne Arundel County school board adopted a $1.02 billion operating budget last week for the next fiscal year that includes funding for employee pay increases and the money to open a new contract school. But the panel criticized county government...
  • 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...
  • Developer Kingdon Gould Jr. reflects on his 60-year legacy

    Developer Kingdon Gould Jr. reflects on his 60-year legacy
    Kingdon Gould, Jr., 90, is a noted businessman, real estate developer and former U.S. ambassador under two presidents. He is a great-grandson of railroad tycoon Jay Gould. Over the course of his more than six decades as a resident of Howard County, Gould&...
  • 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...