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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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  • Another busy pool season starts this weekend [Maryland City]

    Memorial Day quickly appears this weekend. All of the snow and ice of the winter has now become a distant memory and "fun in the sun" soon empties the cold and dreary memories.  Congratulations to all of this year's graduates. Two hold a special place...
  • Laurel Leader stories, photos win in MDDC editorial contest

    The Laurel Leader brought home 13 awards at the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association's 2013 editorial contest. The Leader competes in Division D for non-daily newspapers with circulation above 20,000. Pete Pichaske won first place for education...
  • Laurel police report thefts from LA Fitness [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 Bowie Road, 14900 block, May 17....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Swim coach arrested on sex offense charges has ties to Laurel, police say

    Swim coach arrested on sex offense charges has ties to Laurel, police say
    A swim coach arrested on charges of child abuse and sex offenses in Montgomery County also has ties to Laurel, police said today.  The founder of the Maryland Suburban Swim Club, Christopher Thomas Huott, 53, was charged by Montgomery County police on...
  • Laurel Police report unforced burglary and numerous thefts [Crime log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. Anne Arundel County police report major crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City...
  • Older Americans Month focuses on injury prevention

    Seniors often remark how fast time flies as they get older. I certainly identify with that. It seems like I just wrote about Older Americans Month and here it is again.  Older Americans Month is now a tradition in the United States. The idea was first...
  • Main Street's leading lady is muscle behind theater, business group

    Main Street's leading lady is muscle behind theater, business group
    It's been more than a decade since Maureen Rogers helped relocate the Burtonsville Players — a nonprofit theater group that's performed in the Laurel area for more than 35 years — to the Laurel Mill Playhouse on the west end of Main Street....