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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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  • 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&...
  • 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...
  • Low voter turnout predicted in upcoming primaries

    State and local candidates are barreling toward the primary elections in less than two weeks, but not everyone is aware – or cares – that there's an opportunity to vote on the horizon. Pollsters and local election officials are predicting low...
  • 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...
  • Maryland Jockey Club president reiterates desire to stretch out Triple Crown

    Maryland Jockey Club president reiterates desire to stretch out Triple Crown
    Tom Chuckas, president and chief operating officer of the Maryland Jockey Club, said Saturday that he would like to see horse racing's Triple Crown events played out over two months, not five weeks. Speaking to reporters at Pimlico Race Course three...
  • Laurel Police report three stolen motorcycles [Crime Log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report major crimes and property crimes. Anne Arundel County police report major crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City of...
  • Howard takes the wheel [Editorial]

    Howard takes the wheel  [Editorial]
    Easily overlooked in the waning days of the legislative session was a dust-up over how best to manage suburban transit in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. Howard County announced the creation of a Regional Transportation Agency, or RTA, to oversee bus...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Laurel Police report strong-arm robbery and attempted burglaries [Crime Log]

    Laurel Police report strong-arm robbery and attempted burglaries [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 Main Street, 600 block, April 27....