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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Prince George's County casino gets the go-ahead to start construction

    Prince George's County casino gets the go-ahead to start construction
    The Prince George's County Council approved construction Monday of MGM Resorts' nearly $1 billion casino complex at National Harbor. In an 8-1 vote, the council cleared MGM to apply for construction permits for the 23-acre site overlooking the Potomac...
  • Laurel Police report forced-entry burglary [Crime log]

    Laurel Police report forced-entry burglary [Crime log]
    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report major crimes and property crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City of Laurel Baltimore Avenue, 14900 block, July...
  • Laurel High School Class of 2014

    Laurel High School Class of 2014
    Laurel High School held its class of 2014 graduation ceremony at the Comcast Center at University of Maryland on Tuesday, May 27. Laurel High SchoolValedictorian Asha Jackson Salutatorian Megan Brown Graduates Adetomiwa Adesokan...
  • 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...
  • In Laurel, city's swimming pools open for season

    In Laurel, city's swimming pools open for season
    The city's two pools opened Memoridal Day weekend for the summer swim season, with weekday hours shortened until Prince George's County public schools are through for the year. The Laurel Municipal Pool is located at 901 Main St., and the Greenview...
  • Liquor board denies Rio's liquor license transfer

    Liquor board denies Rio's liquor license transfer
    The Prince George's County Board of License Commissioners, otherwise known as the Liquor Board, on Tuesday denied a request by the owner of Rio Bar & Grill to transfer the now-defunct sports bar's liquor license to owners of The Original Kilimanjaro, a...
  • Stars fill the stage at N. Laurel family-run studio

    Stars fill the stage at N. Laurel family-run studio
    On June 6 and 7, tots in tiny tutus and pony tails will dance on the Laurel High School stage in concert with more than 200 other sublimely costumed "Pop Stars" from Stars Studio in North Laurel. The annual recital will culminate the past year's dance...
  • 2014 primary cheat sheet: all the Howard County candidates in one place

    2014 primary cheat sheet: all the Howard County candidates in one place
    The primary election for state and local candidates is fast approaching: the June 24 polling date is, as of today, less than a month away. This year, with eight wide-open state-level House and Senate seats and a vacancy on the County Council and for...
  • 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...
  • 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...