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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 residents evacuated during dam release can return to their homes

    Laurel residents evacuated during dam release can return to their homes
    Laurel city spokeswoman Audrey Barnes said Thursday morning that residents who were evacuated because authorities opened the gates of Duckett Dam could return to their homes. They were encouraged to evacuate after authorities opened the gates of the...
  • Meet Walt Townshend, the man behind the Chamber [Column]

    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Students test cyber skills in competition at Johns Hopkins APL

    Students test cyber skills in competition at Johns Hopkins APL
    This year's winter weather is a mere dusting compared to the winter storm that college students are grappling with this weekend at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Eight teams of students are fending off a massive cyber attack...
  • Traffic: Collision on outer loop of I-695

    Traffic: Collision on outer loop of I-695
    A collision on the outer loop of Interstate 695 in Woodlawn at Security Boulevard has closed two outer loop traffic lanes and the outer loop right shoulder at 9:07 a.m. on Monday, according to the state Department of Transportation. The Maryland...
  • First retailer opens at Towne Centre at Laurel

    First retailer opens at Towne Centre at Laurel
    A long wait for Laurel residents came to an end on Friday, March 28 with the opening of the first retailer at the Towne Centre at Laurel, a new retail area still under construction. The grand opening of Burlington Coat Factory Friday is a major...
  • Laurel Police report two burglaries [Crime Log]

    Laurel Police report two burglaries [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 Belle Ami Drive, 14800 block, March...
  • Age hasn't dampened the style of singer Ethel Ennis [Senior Circles]

    Smooth Sounds for Seniors! That's the title of the new concert series just for seniors ages 60 and better at the Montpelier Arts Center, in Laurel. It is a cultural arts venue for all counties. The center's director, Sonya Kitchens, decided to offer...
  • Yard sales signal signs of spring [Old Town Laurel]

    Yard sales are a great way to dispose of, or repurpose, unwanted household items and clothing, while putting some extra cash in your pocket. However, you should be aware of several rules regarding such events. City of Laurel rules dictate that in...
  • State requires study of regional bus system before funding new Howard agency

    State requires study of regional bus system before funding new Howard agency
    Howard County will move ahead with the launch of its new regional transit agency this summer despite a legislative decision in Annapolis to withhold state funding from the operation until it is studied further. David Nitkin, a county spokesman, said...
  • At Kake Korner, Ulman touts Route 1 tax credit program as sweet deal

    At Kake Korner, Ulman touts Route 1 tax credit program as sweet deal
    Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced on Wednesday a new tax credit program aimed at incentivizing revitalization along the aging Route 1 corridor. Standing in front of Kake Korner, a pastry shop on Route 1 in North Laurel, Ulman said he hoped the...