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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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  • 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...
  • Traffic: Disabled vehicle on BW Parkway

    Traffic: Disabled vehicle on BW Parkway
    A disabled vehicle on the Baltimore Washington Parkway South in Laurel prior to MD 198 has closed the southbound right traffic lane and southbound right shoulder at 8:59 a.m. on Thursday, according to the state Department of Transportation. The...
  • 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 schools will open Thursday two hours late

    Laurel schools will open Thursday two hours late
    It's back to class for Laurel students Thursday after officials for Prince George's and the Howard school systems said schools would be open, starting two hours late. A cold but sunny day Wednesday allowed workers to catch up on clearing snow and ice...
  • Traffic: Emergency roadwork on MD 147

    Traffic: Emergency roadwork on MD 147
    The state Department of Transportation said that emergency roadwork in Baltimore County on MD 147 South at Putty Hill Avenue that began on Wednesday continued Thursday morning. The Maryland Transit Administration reported minor local bus, mobility...
  • International Night celebrates customs, culture at Laurel High

    International Night celebrates customs, culture at Laurel High
    For a few hours on a cold night last week, the center of the world could be found on stage in Laurel High's auditorium. More than 200 people turned out for the school's annual International Night Jan. 24, a showcase of the food, music, dance and customs...
  • Laurel Police release photos after smash-and-grabs at Verizon Wireless

    Laurel Police release photos after smash-and-grabs at Verizon Wireless
    Laurel Police released surveillance photos after two smash and grab burglaries were reported at the Verizon Wireless store on Route 1 this month. On Jan. 23, two people arrived in a dark-color sedan and broke the store's glass door to enter. They took a...
  • 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,...