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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 report two forced entry burglaries [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...
  • Jean Ganoe celebrates milestone birthday of 90 [North Laurel/Savage]

    A very special happy 90th birthday to Jean Ganoe on Feb. 15. Jean is known to many from her days of running J.P. Kake Korner along Route 1. Jean moved to Savage after she married her husband and raised four children. She has seven grandchildren and...
  • Laurel police report robbery with firearm [Crime log]

    Laurel police report robbery with firearm [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 Elaine Court, 9100 block, Feb. 2....
  • For Richard Friend, finding lost Laurel is 'labor of love'

    For Richard Friend, finding lost Laurel is 'labor of love'
    Richard Friend, 41, who says he grew up "on the other side of the tracks," at Steward Manor apartments at Routes 197 and 198, spends much of his spare time restoring all sorts of artifacts from Laurel retailers, movie theaters and restaurants,...
  • Digging the past at 'Lost & Found Laurel'

    Digging the past at 'Lost & Found Laurel'
    The Laurel Museum's grand opening of "Lost & Found Laurel" on Feb. 9 crafted a nostalgic moment for Laurel residents who have watched many retailers come and go through changing times over the last half-century. In “Lost & Found Laurel,” the...
  • Sweetheart couple dancing toward another Valentine's Day

    Sweetheart couple dancing toward another Valentine's Day
    West Laurel couple Myron and Audrey Shumway were high school sweethearts in Fall River, Mass. They met at a youth function at church where Audrey almost dismissed Myron because he couldn't dance. He persuaded Audrey to teach him so she brought him home,...
  • Prison investigators continue to find out cause of fight that led to stabbings

    Prison investigators continue to find out cause of fight that led to stabbings
    A tier of the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup remained on lockdown Friday, a day after three inmates were stabbed in an argument among several prisoners. Two men suffered wounds that were not life-threatening. Another man, who was stabbed...
  • Timothy T. Williams, homeless advocate

    Timothy T. Williams, homeless advocate
    Timothy T. Williams, an attorney and homeless advocate who established transitional-living and recovery centers in city neighborhoods, died of a heart attack Dec. 8 at his Lutherville home. He was 64. Born in Baltimore and raised in the Sunnybrook...
  • First snow of 2014 blankets Laurel, brings chilly winds

    First snow of 2014 blankets Laurel, brings chilly winds
    What started as over-sized, wet snowflakes became a heavy blanket of white over streets, sidewalks and tree limbs in Laurel Thursday night as a wintry mix brought nearly a foot of snow, and was followed Friday by blustery winds and cold, cold...
  • 1943 Sunpapers Christmas Show profiles

    Sgt. James Albright - Frederick, Md. James Albright received a Purple Heart for wounds he received during the invasion of France in June 1944.  After the war he worked at Fort Detrick in Frederick for more than 30 years.  He died at age 70 in 1986....
  • More police now sporting cameras on their bodies

    More police now sporting cameras on their bodies
    Officer Aaron Waddell pulled over a gray Dodge Caravan on Route 198 in Laurel and asked the driver for his license and registration. Waddell told the man why he stopped him — a suspected seat belt violation — and added, "Just to let you know,...
  • City asks for input on Laurel Lakes landscaping

    As the city moves forward with a project to clean up the upper of the two Laurel Lakes, Laurel officials are asking residents for landscaping suggestions. Officials from the Prince George's County's Department of Environmental Resources told the...